Young Composers Workshop Culminates in a Concert of World Premieres

The Seattle Symphony presents A Concert of World Premieres on Monday, June 1 at 7:30pm in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby in Benaroya Hall. Hosted by Classical KING FM announcer Dave Beck, the concert features new chamber works by 10 high-school-age composers who have participated in this year’s Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop (YCW).

This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets are required. More information here.

In addition, three of this year’s participants wrote works for kinetic sculptor, sound artist and Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Trimpin’s Benaroya Hall instrumental installation. YCW students have had the opportunity to work with Trimpin on writing for the kinetic instruments through various workshops and studio visits. His composition Above, Below, and In Between, written for a site-specific installation in the Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby, received its world premiere during an [untitled] series performance on May 1.

The Young Composers Workshop is part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS, an innovative project designed to engage audiences with excellent contemporary symphonic programming, employing music composition as a tool to increase public participation in the arts. Participants in this year’s Young Composers Workshop are Caleb Bantum and Travis Frank from Seattle; Aidan Gold from Bothell; Liam Chen from Everett; Andrew Dana, Christina Ding, Wilhelmina “Mina”  Esary and Ariel Hsieh from Bellevue; Mason Meyer from Snohomish; and Molly Turner from Tacoma.

“The Symphony's support of the workshop has enabled young composers like myself to try their hand at the full composition process,” says Whilhelmina “Mina” Esary, a third-year YCW participant. “Having the experience of preparing parts, rehearsing with professional musicians and having a live, public performance has helped me to see myself as a composer, and has ultimately given me the skills I need to pursue composition in college and as a career. I would likely not be going to the Eastman School of Music to study composition if I had not gone through this workshop. There is nothing quite like the process of preparing and rehearsing a piece and then hearing it performed live, and, as a composer, the thrill of hearing your piece brought to life by professional musicians is encouraging, inspiring and enabling. Young composers especially need this experience. If we do not ever have a chance to hear our pieces as they are meant to be played and hear an audience's reaction to those pieces, we are limited in our ability to judge our potential as a composer, which will have a large impact on our decision of whether or not to study composition in the future.”

This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets are required. More information here

Posted on May 29, 2015