Student Composer Showcase

Courtesty of the Halladay Family

Anna Halladay is an 8th grader at Edmunds Middle School, and December's Student Composer Showcase. As a cellist, Anna pays special attention to the bass line of her works. Listen for a conversation with Anna, and hear her String Quartet.

Broadcast Monday 12/1 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 12/3 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 12/5 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 12/6 at 9 a.m.

The Magill Family

November's Student Composer Showcase is Duxbury's Erin Magill, a 9th grader at Harwood Union High School. Erin's piece Shades of Purple uses different instrumental tone colors to evoke lavendar, magenta and deep purple hues.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

courtesy of the Durling Family

October's Student Composer Showcase is Dummerston's Molly Durling, a 9th grader at Brattleboro Union High School. Molly has a life-long passion for Northern traditional music, from contra dances to fiddle music of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Norway. Grand Jig is a tribute to her ancestors, "...who came from different countries, played different instruments and remembered the old songs."

Sandi MacLeod

September's Student Composer Showcase is Ethan Duncan, who enters 8th grade at Williston Central School this fall. Ethan whistles while he works - literally working out his melodies with a whistle before committing them to the page.

Listen Monday at 11:30am; Wednesday at 8:30am; Friday at 4pm, and Saturday at 9am.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program. Find out more at music-comp.org

Photo by Lindsay Baker

August's Student Composer Showcase is no longer a student, but one of Music-COMP's most accomplished alums. 28-year-old Matt Podd is a graduate of North Country Union High School, and in addition to being a successful composer and arranger in New York, he now mentors students working through the same program that helped him excel. We spoke with Matt about how he has developed as a musician over the years, and what he's up to now.

Adele Woodmansee

Westfield native Adele Woodmansee is July's Student Composer Showcase. A recent graduate of North Country Union High School, Adele has never been one to take the easy route. She is Harvard-bound next year, after she hikes the long trail and travels in Mexico this fall.

Listen to the Student Composer Showcase Monday at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. Listen online now.

Kathleen Porter

June's Student Composer Showcase is Nathan Watts, a senior at Essex High School. Nathan wrote about his piece, Time Immemorial, "It’s based on a piano piece I wrote when I was trying to explain my complex frustration about an event that had occurred recently to someone and, unable to fully express it with words, I sat down at the piano in the room and started improvising, showing them how I felt through music."

Hear Nathan discuss his work 6/2 at 11:30, 6/4 at 8:30, 6/6 at 4, 6/7 at 9.

Sandi MacLeod

May’s Student Composer Showcase is Burlington High School Junior Eileen Kocherlakota. Her song "The Old Man of the Sea" was based on the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley. The work sounds jaunty at first, and then slowly reveals a deeper and darker meaning.

VPR Classical's Kari Anderson spoke with Eileen about her writing style and compositional process, and about composing for voice for the first time.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in partnership with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

Sandi MacLeod

April’s Student Composer Showcase is Johna Saltsman, a senior at North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont. Johna has had a musical upbringing, and has been performing almost all her life. Her work Jazzy Quintet went on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

Listen: Monday at 11:30 am, Wednesday at 8:30 am, Friday at 4:00 pm, and Saturday at 9:00 am

Music-COMP

February's Student Composer Showcase features Annie Beliveau, a senior at Essex High School.  Her piece, "Echo's Lament," is the first vocal work in the our series. Its text comes from a 16th century play by English playwright Ben Johnson, and it explores the legend of Echo and Narcissus.

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase is produced in partnership with Music-COMP, the Music Online Composition Mentoring Program.

Air times: Monday, February 10 at 4:oo p.m.; Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m.; Friday, February 14 at 12 p.m.

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