Young Composers Competition Concert March 29

| March 26, 2014
Beth Denisch

Beth Denisch

Winning compositions from the 10th Annual Young Composers Competition will be performed by professional musicians in concert on Saturday, March 29, 3 p.m. at the Community Music School (CMS) of Webster University. Admission is free and open to the public.

The CMS Young Composers Competition, sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher, recognizes and supports the work of outstanding young composers. The concert will feature professional performances of the winning works, as well as work by guest composer, Beth Denisch, whose work has been described as “… wonderfully evocative … simply splendid”  by David Cleary of New Music Connoisseur.

The national competition selects winners in two levels: Level I for students ages 12-16 and Level II for students ages 17-21. Fourteen works were submitted from 7 states throughout the country.

Young Composers Competition Winning Compositions

The 2013-2014 winners represent four different states:

Level One (12-16 years of age):
First Place – Joseph Jordan, New York, N.Y., for Thoughts of a Broken Machine
Second Place (tie) – Molly Monahan, Holland, Mich., for Meteorite Trio, and Paul Novak, Reno, Nev., for Sketches of the Sea  

Level Two (17-21 years of age):
First Place – Cooper Minnis, St. Louis, Mo., for Giggles
Second Place – Gus Knobbe, St. Louis, Mo., for Migration

In addition to the concert, the CMS will host a weekend of composition activities, including the Webster University Department of Music Faculty Recital and two composition workshops.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 28
7 p.m. – Webster University Department of Music Faculty Recital

Saturday, March 29
10 a.m. – Workshop: Life as a Composer and Arranging Your Own Music with Beth Denisch
1 p.m. – Workshop: Online Promotion with Mike Silverman
3 p.m. – Concert of winning compositions

For more information, call 314-968-5939 or visit


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