My son entered a composer’s competition and won for the 2nd year in a row! Here’s a little more on the competition:
In the fall, the competitors receive a musical theme on which they are to write a short piece for piano, no longer than four minutes’ length. Treatment of the theme may range from simple chordal accompaniment to advanced contrapuntal techniques and thematic transformations.
The compositions are then forwarded to a judge who reviews and ranks them, with the winners chosen from each of the three categories, Elementary School (K – grade 5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12).
Having been selected, the winning young composers receive individual orchestration lessons with Terry Lowry, Conductor and Music Director of the CSO, to orchestrate their pieces for a debut performance by the Carroll Symphony on December 13, 2012. Lowry commented that winning the competition becomes increasingly difficult because past winners who return to the competition have become increasingly better composers with each year’s participation.
The high school category is a little more competitive, and I found out that my boy was the first Freshman to win! Talk about being a proud mama.
I’m going to go off subject for a second to say, I don’t know how to use my SLR camera. My husband has tried teaching me and his technological brain and words confuse me. So I enrolled in an online photo school. And in case you’re wondering, no, I didn’t pay that price, I had a Groupon. I am learning more and more and my pictures are looking better (with no flash). All this to say, I’m still learning on shooting in manual mode and my pictures from the concert night are bad. Real bad. I’m including one anyway because I have to tell you about the vest my son is wearing. The vest was his great-great-Grandfather’s! My Mom found it in her closet. I don’t know if I’m more surprised by how well it kept or that my “Pa” was the size of a 14-year-old boy. This strange pose, by the way, is the beginning of his rather elaborate bow.
I love the whole process of hearing my son’s piece come together, and then to hear which instruments he chose to play which part. The orchestra plays each young composer’s piece at their Christmas concert. Check it out.