YOUTH & MUSIC 2011: Local composers recognized in choral composition competition

(MAY 2011, VANCOUVER, CANADA) -  The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn have drawn their 40th concert season to a close with the performance of YOUTH AND MUSIC and winner announcements of the 2011 Young Composers Competition.

The competition finalists came from all over North America and were selected from 71 pieces submitted. The judges were composer Larry Nickel, conductor John William Trotter and Vancouver Chamber Choir Conductor and Artistic Director Jon Washburn. Each piece was performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir prior to winner announcements.

Elementary (Ages 8 - 12)

1st Prize    Jane Lange    "Sing a Springtime Song"

2nd Prize    Jane Lange   "Through the flowing river

Secondary (Ages 13 - 17)

1st Prize    Dylan Glenn   "Who is Sylvia?"

2nd Prize    Jenny Li   "Clouds"

College/University (Ages 18 - 22)

1st Prize    Matthew Emery   "Peace, my heart "

2nd Prize   Lyon Hazzard   "The Blue Bird"

The 10th biennial Young Composers Competition also included special awards for the best submissions by residents of British Columbia. The three Best of BC award winners were:

Elementary (Ages 8 - 12)  

Langley Fine Arts School - Robyn Lorensen's Grade 5 music class

Secondary (Ages 13 - 17)  

Jenny Li, Richmond   "Clouds"

College/University (Ages 18 - 22)  

Matthew Emery, Vancouver   "Peace, my heart"

A participation award was given to Langley Fine Arts School for submitting the most compositions. As a special and well received feature in the concert programme, soloists from the choir performed five pieces submitted by Robyn Lorensen's Grade 5 music class at the school.  The selected student compositions were:

Monica Binik   "Daddy I Love You"

James Fowler   "Fishing with You"

Kevin Holtus   "The Lego Song"

Jordan McKenzie   "Forget You"

Delilah Scavarda   "My Dog Nacho"

The Vancouver Chamber Choir acknowledges the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, TD Canada Trust, London Drugs, the Mirhady Family Foundation, the Denise Mara Foundation, and the Vancouver Sun.

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