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24 student composers want their new works performed by professional musicians in concert. We’d love to hear it; you help premier it!
24 student composers want their new works performed by professional musicians in concert. We’d love to hear it; you help premier it!
153 backers pledged $9,055 to help bring this project to life.

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Young composers take center stage: Music-COMP is a non-profit organization helping thousands of students learn to compose music every year. As we speak, these young artists (grade 4-12) are putting the finishing touches on original works for strings and woodwinds, aimed to be performed by an ensemble of professional musicians at our upcoming Opus 28 concert, on April 30th at the Town Hall Auditorium in Ludlow VT. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Kickstarter – to ask for your help in producing the concert so this new generation of composers can premiere their compositions on the big stage!

Here’s how it works: Each student is mentored by a professional composer on our online forum throughout the school year. Then, we choose around 24 of these student works to be performed at each Opus concert. The selected students travel with their music teachers to the event to participate in day-long workshops, interviews, and even get the opportunity to rehearse their piece with the ensemble leading up to the evening’s performance.

Contributing feels good: Our goal is to raise $8,800 to help cover the costs of putting on the event, the online mentoring, and of course – the performances by the professional musicians. In addition to putting on the show, we’d like to produce a professionally recorded audio CD and video DVD of the concert, creating lasting memories for our participants and all who view or listen to this unique creative program. The most powerful case for supporting what we do can be found in the creative work of our students itself. We regularly receive a common reaction from people unfamiliar with Music-COMP – they just can't believe that these elementary, middle, and high school students can write music like this! With that said, we invite you to listen to selections from previous year’s Opus concerts right here to give you a taste of what’s to come. http://musiccomp.wordpress.com/category/opus-26/ 

More about us: Music-COMP, formerly known as the Vermont MIDI Project, serves over 7,000 students each year to explore music composition in music classrooms and independently at home. Our community involves professional composer mentors who respond to student work-in-progress posted in an online forum. Teachers in participating schools play an important role too, introducing students to music composition and supporting their work. Music-COMP hosts two live performance concerts each year; a winter event featuring brass, percussion, piano and voice and another concert in the spring featuring strings and woodwinds. Throughout the year, the work of individual students is featured in numerous other concerts in collaborations with other performing organizations such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Champlain Philharmonic, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and others.

Stars in the video: Young composer and orchestra: Ludlow Elementary School at the Black River Museum. Young conductor - Rosie Saccardo.

Additional students: The Grammar School, Wallingford Elementary School, North Country Union High School, and Young People's Chorus.

Adult choir: Giuliana Sarullo, Sarah Kervin, Dan Emino, Adam Podd, Matt Podd, and Brian Kilday

Voiceover: Melissa Farmer

Risks and challenges

We are confident the Opus 28 performance will happen as planned on April 30th. Students are currently submitting work online for mentoring and there are over 80 works for consideration. Should we have some unusual weather situation that causes a postponement, we will schedule an alternate day with the musicians and facility.

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    A thank you note from a grateful Opus 28 student and 2 downloadable MP3 files of your choice from the Opus 28 concert recording.

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    A heartfelt thank you note, 5 downloadable MP3's of student works from the concert, + a MP3 download of the Kickstarter audio track "Minuet in Need".

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