CMS Welcomes 2019-2020 Guest Composer Angélica Negrón | Webster University

CMS Welcomes Angélica Negrón for 2019-2020 Young Composers Competition

Angelica NegronJuly 29, 2019

The Community Music School of Webster University will welcome Angélica Negrón as Guest Composer for their 2019-2020 Young Composers Competition. 

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” and “mesmerizing and affecting” while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, A Far Cry, Carnegie Hall, Sō Percussion and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. Angélica was the composer in residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018-2019 season. She is currently the Artist-in-Residence at National Sawdust, completing “Chimera,” a lip-synch, opera focused on the intricacies and complexities of identity as well as the first composer in residence at The New York Botanical Garden working on an interactive choral piece which will give voice to the natural world at the Thain Family Forest.

Since 2004, the Young Composers Competition (YCC) sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher at the Community Music School of Webster University has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music. This program, unique to the St. Louis region, is an open competition which has received submissions from St. Louis and throughout the world. Each year the guest composer plays an integral role within the YCC, providing developing composers with invaluable one-on-one guidance in a constructive and supportive environment from an individual already well established in their professional and creative field. 

In addition to meeting with each winning young composer and reviewing their work, the guest composer engages intellectually with attendees via a public presentation on a musical topic relevant to their artistic pursuits and the professional development of the young composer. A work from the guest composer is also featured during the culminating concert of the YCC winning student works.

The choice of guest composer is based upon recommendations from the YCC committee, past participants of the competition, and a general keeping of ears to the ground for exciting new voices in the new music world. "Through the YCC, we strive to engage guest composers who are active in both the creation of exciting new work and the education and guidance of young minds. Additionally, we look for those who hail from backgrounds not traditionally so well represented in the composition world. There are so many brilliantly diverse voices singing their unique perspectives and it is paramount that we share that with the promising young musicians we host," says Justin Blackburn, coordinator of the Young Composers Competition.

Entries are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 Young Composers Competition. Interested composers should visit for more information. The deadline for submissions is October 18, 2019 and winners are announced no later than January 10, 2020.