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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Listen today at 4 pm, Wednesday at 12 pm, and Friday at 8 am.
Alex Wick is a fifth grader at Champlain Elementary School in Burlington and has been composing music since he was in third grade. His solo piano work, "Entertainment in F Major," mixes Bach and boogie-woogie, and was performed in January 2013 by University of Vermont pianist and composer David Feuerzeig.
The Student Composer Showcase is produced in partnership with Music-COMP, the Music Composition Online Mentoring Program.
David Fischer is a home-schooled high school senior from Burlington. His work for chamber octet is called "The Best of Change," and it reflects on Adam and Eve's loss of innocence in the Garden of Eden. It was premiered in May at Music-COMP's Opus 26 Concert in Derby Line, Vermont.
VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP (Music Composition Online Mentoring Program).