Student Composer Showcase

Auburn Watersong

Gabriel Harter has had a passion for music since he began piano lessons at the age of 5. Now 16, Harter is a junior at U32 High School and has been studying musical composition with Vermont-based composer Erik Nielsen for 1 year. He’s also been studying classical oboe with oboist Sandra Cathey for over 5 years. 

Malayna Johnson

Malayna Johnson is a senior at Harwood Union High School and March’s Student Composer Showcase. Her Latin-jazz inspired piece for brass quintet is called Limitless, referring to her desire to push musical boundaries. In it, horns growl, climbing into screeching high registers, pushing the limits of what the instruments can do.

Music Composition Online Mentoring Program

Susie Francy is a junior at Leland and Gray and February’s Student Composer Showcase. Her composition, called “Apollo’s Medley,” is about the transition from day to night.

Francesca Orsini/VPR

For January’s Student Composer Showcase we’re going behind the music, and learning more about the group that supports Vermont’s young composers. Music-COMP is the music composition online mentoring program that connects students with professional composer mentors in an online discussion forum, and organizes live performances of student work. The Music-COMP's 20th anniversary is in 2015. We’ll learn more about Music-COMP from Executive Director Sandi MacLeod, and hear a student work with a special significance.

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.

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