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Young Composers Competition

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL

Sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher

2015-16 YCC WinnersSince 2004, the Young Composers Competition 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 nation.  Each year brings a new nationally known guest composer who is passionate about working with future generations of composers. Past guest composers have included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, John Cheetham, Dino Constantinides, Steven Dankner, Beth Denisch, Don Freund, Lansing McLoskey, James Mobberly, Shulamit Ran, Jared Spears, and Chen Yi.  

Awardees have their works performed by professional musicians in a public concert that is professionally recorded. Each awardee receives a written critique of his/her work and a conference with the guest composer.


2018-19 Young Composer Competition Winners

LEVEL ONE (12-16 YEARS OF AGE):

1st Place: Yusei Hata, 16, from New York City, NY - for "DuetThing"
2nd Place: Caroline Bragg, 15, from Brookline, MA - "Paradise Lost: This Pendant World"

LEVEL TWO (17-21 YEARS OF AGE): 

1st Place: Paul Novak, 20, from Reno, NV - "Blimunda Songs"
2nd Place: Jenny Yao, 18, from Cambridge, MA - "Harja"
Honorable Mention: Nathaniel Heyder, 19, from Cleveland, OH - Piano Quartet

Winner Biographies


Young Composers Competition Weekend Events:

Saturday, March 23, 2019

10:00 a.m. The iPhone Drone Orchestra with Guest Composer Nilou Nourbakhsh
Nilou will join forces with the audience members and competition winners to make a graphic score by drawing melodies and outlining colorful blocks of harmonies for interpretation through a collective improvisation as an iPhone Drone Orchestra.

1:00 p.m. Habits of the Highly Successful Composer with Webster University's David Werfelmann

3:00 p.m.  Emerging Composers Concert at the CMS Concert Hall, 535 Garden Ave. Webster Groves, MO  63119

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
FREE PARKING is available in the Garden Plaza Parking Garage at 554 Garden Ave. Webster Groves, MO  63119


 

 2018-19 Guest Composer: Niloufar Nourbakhsh

 2019 Guest Composer

Described as "stark" by WNPR, Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh's music has been commissioned and performed by Symphony Number One, Spark and Echo Project, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Pianist Erika Dohi for Metropolis Ensemble Piano Series, Calidore and Cassatt String Quartets, and Invoke Quartet at numerous festivals, Atlantic Music Festival, Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, SPLICE institute, New Music for Strings, MusLab electroacoustic festival in Mexico, University of Tennessee Contemporary Festival and more.

Nilou is founder of Iranian Female Composers Association and a strong advocate of music education. She has worked as the site coordinator of Brooklyn Middle School Jazz Academy sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is currently a Teaching Artist for NY Philharmonic Very Young Composers program and teaches piano at Brooklyn Music School. This summer, she will be working with Akropolis Reed Quintet for a new piece as part of I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence.                                                              

Nilou is a Global Citizen Scholarship recipient of Goucher College as well as a Mahoney and Caplan Scholar from University of Oxford. Among her teachers are Lisa Weiss, Laura Kaminsky, Daniel Weymouth and Daria Semegen. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in music composition at Stony Brook University under the supervision of Sheila Silver. 


 

Past Young Composer Competition Winners and Guest Composers:

2004
Guest Composer:  Dr. Claude Baker
Winners:
Level 1
First Place: Benjamin Hart, St. Peters, MO
Second Place: Andy Oster, Festus, MO
Level 2
First Place: Daniel Godsil, St. Louis, MO
Second Place: Michael Dunsmoor, O’Fallon, MO 

2005
Guest Composer:  Dr. John Cheetham
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Yan Zhu, Brentwood, MO
Second Place: Jack Popper, St. Louis, MO
Honorable Mention: Charlie Capps, St. Louis, MO
Level 2
First Place: Louis Goldford, Ballwin, MO
Second Place: Benjamin Hart, St. Peters, MO
Honorable Mention: Daniel Winfield, St. Charles, MO

2006
Guest Composer:  Dr. James Mobberley
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Jack Hughes, Reston, VA
Second Place: Yan ZhuBrentwood, MO
Honorable Mention: Gabriel Maichel, St. Louis, MO 
Level 2
First Place: Elizabeth Lim, Cambridge, MA
Second Place: Timothy Eshing, Maryland Heights, MO
Honorable Mention: Adam Schumaker, Elsah, IL

2007
Guest Composer:  Dr. Jared Spears
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Yan Zhu, Brentwood, MO
Second Place: Gabriel Maichel, St. Louis, MO
Honorable Mention: Cole Perkinson, Portland, OR and
Jack Hughes, Reston, VA
Level 2
First Place: Daniel Winfield, O’Fallon, MO
Second Place: Benjamin Hart, St. Peters, MO
Honorable Mention: William Bryant,  Murphysboro, IL and
Matthew Mendez, Cambridge, MA

2008
Guest Composer:  Dr. Dinos Constantinides
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Cole Perkinson, Portland, OR
Second Place: Riley Crabtree, Vancouver, WA
Honorable Mention: Ian Evans Guthrie, Washougal, WA
Level 2
First Place: Kristen Walker, Liberty, MO
Second Place: William Bryant, Murphysboro, IL
Honorable Mention: Marta Sofia Botelho Vieira, Evanston, IL/Portugal 

2009 
Guest Composer:  Dr. Chen Yi
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Jack Hughes, Reston, VA
Second Place: Riley Crabtree, Vancouver, WA
Honorable Mention: Sam Reising, Portland, OR
Level 2
First Place: Anthony Hernandez, Columbia, MO
Second Place: Lauren Wells, Kansas City, MO
Honorable Mention: Cole Perkinson, Portland, OR

2010 
Guest Composer:  Shulamit Ran
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Alexis Lerner, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Second Place: Andrew Stock, St. Louis, MO 
Honorable Mention: Jared W. Hedges, Lindenhurst, IL and
Sidarth Jayadev, Saratoga, CA
Level 2
Co-First Place: Daniel McCallum, London, UK and
Mahlon Berv, Stamford, CT
Honorable Mention: Alexander Blank, Rock Hill, MO  and Riley Crabtree, Vancouver, WA

2011
Guest Composer:  Dr. Stephen Dankner
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Ari Korotkin, Birmingham, MI
Second Place: Eleanor Bragg, Brookline, MA
Honorable Mention: Michael Parsons, Stirling, NJ and 
Felix Jarrar, Bridgeport, CT
Level 2
First Place: Thomas Feng, Fremont, CA 
Second Place: Wesley Devore, Centennial, CO
Honorable Mention: Riley Crabtree, Vancouver, WA

2012
Guest Composer:  Dr. Zack Browning 
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Michael Parsons, Stirling, NJ
Second Place: Stuart Ross Carlson, Dexter, MI
Level 2
First Place: Jack Hughes, Reston, VA
Second Place: Wesley Devore, Centennial, CO

2013-14
Guest Composer:  Dr. Beth Denisch 
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Joseph Jordan, New York City, NY
Second Place (tie): Molly Monahan, Holland, MI and Paul Novak, Reno, NV
Level 2
First Place: Cooper Minnis, St. Louis, MO
Second Place: Gus Knobbe, St. Louis, MO

2014-15
Guest composer:  Dr. Don Freund
Winners
Level 1
First Place:  Paul Novak, Reno, NV
Second Place:  Julia Riew, St. Louis, MO
Honorable Mention:  Molly MonahanHolland, MI
Level 2
First Place:  Erin Hoerchler, Jefferson City, MO
Second Place:  Gus Knobbe, St. Louis, MO
Honorable Mention:  Kelly Stathis, Poughquag, NY

2015-16 
Guest composer:  Dr. Lansing McLoskey
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Simon Cohen, Chicago, IL 
Second Place: Stella Gitelman Willoughby, Cambridge, MA
Level 2
First Place: Alex Berko, Solon, OH
Second Place: Alex Williams, Columbia, MO

2016-17 
Guest composer:  Elizabeth Ogonek
Winners
Level 1
First Place: Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby from Cambridge, MA 
Second Place:  Li Chibing from Beijing, China
Honorable Mention: Andrew Courtney from Corona del Mar, CA
Level 2
First Place: Alex Williams from Kansas City, MO
and Lucy McKnight from Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Mention: Shiwei Liu from Shanghai, China
Best from St. Louis: Zach Fendelman

2017-18 
Guest composer:  Kyong Mee Choi
Winners
Level 1
Co-1st Place, Solomon Ge, 14, from San Jose CA
Co-1st Place, Bo Huang, 16, Rutherford NJ
Co-2nd Place, Brinson Moore, 15, Greenwood, SC
Co-2nd Place, Avik Sarkar, 16, Chestnut Hill, MA

Level 2
1st Place, Josiah Sprankle, 21, Kansas City, MO
2nd Place, Julian Freyo, 21, Cleveland, OH

 Questions? Call (314) 968-5939 or email Justin Blackburn at JBlackburn77@webster.edu