Student Composer Showcase

Courtesy of the Alexander Family

Each month VPR Classical features the work of a young composer, in a feature called the Student Composer Showcase. This October we'll meet Wayne Alexander, an 8th grader at the Glover Community School.

Broadcast Monday 10/5 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 10/7 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 10/9 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 10/10 at 9 a.m.

Courtesy of the Scoppettone Family.

VPR Classical’s monthly Student Composer Showcase features student composers in our region, and is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP’s online mentoring program. This September we’ll meet Anna Scoppettone, who is entering her senior year at Montpelier High School.

Broadcast Monday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 9 at 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 11 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 at 9 a.m.

Courtesy of the Kocherlakota Family

This August, we'll hear some new works by recent Burlington High School graduate Eileen Kocherlakota. Eileen was featured for our Student Composer Showcase in May of 2014, and you can hear that interview here.

Courtesy of the Dennison Family.

This month's Student Composer Showcase is Jacob Dennison, who enters 11th grade at Lake Region Union High School in the fall. Jacob's piece Winter Walks is meant to represent the different parts of the landscape on a walk around Jacob's snowy backyard.

Performers: Berta Frank, flute; Katie Oprea, oboe; Steve Klimowski, clarinet; Julian Partridge, bassoon; Letitia Quante, violin; Jane Kittredge, violin; Elizabeth Reid, viola; Michael Close, cello; Evan Premo, bass

This month’s Student Composer Showcase features Burlington senior Patricia Bristow-Johnson. Her work, Vermont Variations, features flute, contrabassoon and string quartet. It evokes pastoral scenes from Vermont’s landscape and Church Street on a busy day.

Courtesy of the Green family

This month, we’re catching up with a Saigelyn Green, a composer we featured in the past and who is now in a very different phase of her development as a composer and musician.

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.