Opus 37

Opus 37
May 2nd, 2023
Cathedral of St. Joseph, Burlington VT
Free and Open to the public

We are very excited to announce that our 37th Opus concert will be held in Burlington on May 2nd, 2023 Young composers are paired with professional composers as they create an original piece of music. We'll select 25 of these works to be premiered by the best musicians in Vermont to hundreds of friends, family, and community members.

This can be a truly life-changing experience for young people, and each Opus concert reminds us of the creativity held by the next generation of musicians. It's an amazing opportunity that you don't want your children or students to miss!

  • Students in grades 3-12 may participate
  • 1-to-1 connection with a professional composer for feedback and guidance
  • Selected pieces will be performed by professional musicians across Vermont - members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, TURNmusic, and more!
  • The concert will be broadcast on LCATV, and a documentary with interviews from the students and concert footage will be produced
  • Selected works will be broadcast on Vermont Public Radio!

Instrumentation (any combination)

Brass Quintet (2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba)
Voice (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Percussion (2 players, one of which can be a drum set)
Saxophone (alto, tenor or baritone - one performer)

Submission Details:

  • There is no prior composition experience necessary! Each and every student in grades 3-12 who submits for Opus will be paired with a professional composer as their mentor while they create a new work.
  • Works can be written for any combination of the available instrumentation.
  • All works for Opus 37 must be submitted for online mentoring and undergo at least two revisions throughout the writing process.
  • Payment and registration information can be found here: https://music-comp.org/student-registration
  • First drafts may be as short as 4 measures! Much of the work will happen over the course of a few months as the young composers work with their mentors.
  • First Posting: Rolling Submission from December until the last day of January. Final postings will be due on March 30th.
  • Our team of mentors will select 20-25 works to be performed at the Opus 37 concert. 
  • We ask each student composer selected for performance at Opus 37 to pay a $50 performance fee to help defray expenses including musicians, hall rental, professional recording, media production, and additional mentoring. However, accessibility is at the heart of our mission and we are happy to waive the performance fee if needed - please just reach out to Matt LaRocca directly. 


Opus 37 Concert: May 2nd at Cathedral of St. Joseph Burlington. Free concert with workshops and open rehearsals.

If you are new to Music-COMP and Opus, please feel free to reach out directly with questions you may have and to see how your children or students can participate.

Questions? Contact Matt LaRocca at matt@music-comp.org www.music-comp.org



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