Young Composers Competition winners to perform concert in Frisco |

Young Composers Competition winners to perform concert in Frisco

Iara Melgarejo, age 10.
Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: Young Composers Competition concert

When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 16

Where: Summit Middle School, 158 School Road, Frisco

Cost: Free

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Concert program

“Meadow Stream,” by Sophia Elsass, second place, Division 3, piano solo

“The Dancing Ballerina,” by Abigail Schmidt, first place, Division 3, piano solo

“Melody Peak,” by Peter Vos, honorable mention, Division 3, viola solo

“The Musical Holiday,” by Iara Melgarejo, first place, Division 3, ensemble with Karlie Carter, piano; Tamara Nuzzaci Park, flute; Cecile L. Forsberg, violin

“Wonderstruck,” by Ali Christiansen, honorable mention, Division 2, piano solo

“Brilliance,” by Corey Johnson, honorable mention, Division 2, piano solo

“Lonely Nights,” by Max Bonenberger, honorable mention, Division 2, viola duet

“River Rush,” by Lucas Lebow, third place, Division 2, violin solo with Natalie Koob, violin

“The Battle of the Somme,” by Grant T. Morgan, second place, Division 2, piano solo

“L’évasion de la teigne,” by Priya Subberwal, first place, Division 2, piano solo

“A Sailor’s Farewell,” by Madison Bristol, third place, Division 1, piano solo

“Ne’ Satin,” by Alexa Johnson, second place, Division 1, piano solo

“The Coming Spring,” by Kaeli Subberwal, first place, Division 1, piano solo

The composer is also the performer unless otherwise stated.

The public is invited to hear original compositions by local young composers in a concert on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Summit Middle School. The free concert will encourage and support the aspiring young musicians and composers who entered their original works in the inaugural Young Composers Competition.

The competition, sponsored by Summit Music and Arts and the Breckenridge Music Festival’s Music in the Schools program and funded by The Summit Foundation, provided students a chance to enter one or more original compositions for critique and was open to musicians and composers ages 10 to 18 residing in Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Lake, Park, Routt and Summit counties. The competition attracted 25 entries from local musicians.

Entries were divided into divisions according to age, with Division 1 for ages 16 to 18, Division 2 for ages 13 to 15 and Division 3 ages 10 to 12. Each piece was judged on style and form, melodic and harmonic technique and presentation. One of the requirements of the competition was that music had to be written down (scored) according to the established traditions of music notation.


“Writing a piece of music is a deep, personal expression, very much along the lines of the visual artist,” said Len Rhodes, Summit Music and Arts artistic director and founder of the nationally acclaimed Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition. “Sharing and performing their creation with their peers and an audience places many demands, emotional and practical, on the young composer.”

The concert will consist of first-, second-, third-place and honorable mention compositions, many of which will be performed by the composers. All composers received a certificate and a critique of their entry.

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