Zero Crossings – March 9, 2015 – Young Composers Challenge!

2015-03-09 15.38.46 Today’s show featured an interview with composers John Callahan, Dan Crozier, Steve Goldman, Keith Lay, Justin White, and conductorChristopher Wilkins, who were in the studio to discuss their involvement with the Young Composers Challenge. The National Young Composers Challenge is open to young U.S. resident composers ages 13 to 18 whereby they submit a composition for small ensemble (2 to 6 instruments) or full orchestra to a panel of judges who choose the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by a professional symphony orchestra at the NYCC Composium. This year’s submission deadline is May 1 for a Composium that will take place at the newly opened Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on October 18.

The music aired during the program included:

Kim Sherman – Graveside, from Musica Sacra
Justin White – House of Usher, from Young Composers Challenge, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
John Callahan – A Cell of Incertitude,from Young Composers Challenge, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Jonas Katona – Over Countryside and Meadow, from Young Composers Challenge, with the Marin Symphony
Steve Goldman – Quicksilver’s Salvitude, MIDI mockup

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – March 9, 2015, The Young Composers Challenge

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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