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  • Music Teacher Gifts and Violettes by Becky announce Youth Music Composition Tie Winners 2019

    We are proud to present our Youth Music Composition Competition students.

    Remember to get your spring Music Teacher Gifts from www.MusicTeacherGifts.com

    Presenting 1st Place Tie Winners:

    Richard Ren, 15, with Piano entry from New York

    Music gifts Richard Ren, Piano Composer, 1st Place winner

    Richard loves to compose music because it allows him to express himself and be creative. He has been composing since he was nine years old, and since then, he has composed multiple solo, chamber, and orchestra pieces and has won the Music Teachers National Association award, a New York State School Music Association honorable mention, and 3rd place in the 2019 Golden Key International Piano Composition Competition. His pieces have been played by his school’s orchestra, in local music festivals, in a Long Island Composer’s Alliance concert, and will also be played at the Ehrbar Hall of Vienna during the summer of 2019. He loves to play piano and guitar in his free time and also has an interest in science, technology, politics, and animation.

    About his work, he writes,

    "Usually, my composition process begins when I sit at the piano and start having fun improvising various ideas, melodies, and harmonies. I was able to combine a lot of the ideas that I improvised into one beautiful, flowing piece. The various ideas and motifs in the song seemed to tell stories of various adventures and experiences. These adventures, connected together with legato phrases in a smooth, romantic, soft style, seemed to tell a long, winding story about a river’s journey, so I called it “The River’s Memoir.

    "The River's Memoir" by Richard Wren
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    Presenting 1st Place Winner: Emily Singleton, 16, String Quartet from Florida

    music teacher gifts Emily Emily Singleton Composer ,1st Place Winner

    Emily Singleton is a composer and violist from Gainseville, Florida. In 2016 she made her debut as a composer with the premiere of a trio for violin, viola, and piano, at University of Florida. Since then she has had her work featured by Interlochen Center for the Arts’ World Youth Wind Symphony and Advanced String Quartet Program, Gainesville Civic Chorus, Alachua County Youth Orchestra (ACYO), MATA, and Face the Music. She is currently principal violist in the ACYO and was selected as a member of the 2018 National Association for Music Educators All-National Honors Ensemble.

    Singleton has been awarded titles from National Federation of Music Clubs, Florida Federation of Music Clubs, Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA), Sacred Music Florida, Technology In Music Education Foundation, Music Teachers National Association, and MATA. Among these titles includes winner of the FSMTA's 2018 Intermediate Strings Concerto Competition. Her primary instructors include Paul Richards, Stephen Fine, Jorge Peña, and Benjamin Reiter.

    Singleton is actively involved within her community presenting at local events, health care facilities, retirement homes, hotels, and schools. These efforts have been awarded by organizations such as the FSMTA, which presented their community service award for 9th graders to her in spring of 2018. She aspires to make a career in teaching, performing, and composing, and hopes to encourage audiences to appreciate and supprt living artists.

    Her program notes for her composition:

    Program Notes
    This work as a whole focuses on specific colors as seen in an
    urban environment, with natural and artificial embodiment of
    color around every corner. Commissioned by MATA,
    premiered by Face The Music at MATA Jr. Festival 2018.
    I. Prussian Blue
    Prussian Blue incorporates tremolo shimmers, sappy glissandi,
    and somewhat blues-style chromaticism to portray the imagery
    of blue within the context of everyday encounters: puddles on
    sidewalks, ice hanging off roofs, paint on buildings, the collage
    of fabric on busy streets, and the sky above.
    1'30"
    II. Carmine Red
    Carmine Red is a fast, lively miniature that captures the character of
    the color red through syncopation, agitated melodies, and breathless
    textures. Red has been historically associated with sacrifice, anger,
    love, danger, and courage, coming together to form a symbol of
    passion. This reflects the dedication of city-dwellers to their work,
    the busy flow of traffic, and urban night-life.
    1'
    III. Icterine Yellow
    The color yellow may represent optimism and amusement, betrayal,
    duplicity, and jealousy, or joy, virtue, and nobility. Due to the many
    interpretations of this color's character, Icterine Yellow takes on a
    wandering nature, drifting through the city's many alleyways, dabbling
    in moments of laughter, pranks, and confusion, lost in the city, as it
    seeks to find its place of rest in a role of honor.
    1'10"
    IV. Ochre Orange
    Orange is a color of oddity, celebration, and folly. This final
    movement, Ochre Orange, is a playful miniature that reflects the
    variety of cultures and holidays celebrated in a large urban
    environment and peculiar characteristics that may be imagined in
    the color orange. The mischievous and careless nature captures the
    joy found in this combining of traditions, celebrating the acceptance
    of diversity and providing an exciting close to the work.

    "4 Urban Miniatures" by Emily SingletonKeep Tuned for the next blog.We will present more winners sponsored by our Music Teachers Gifts web site.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Youth Composition Competition by Music Gift Co.

    Violettes by Becky, Music Gift Co., Presents

    our 7th Annual Youth Composition Competition



    Register now HERE  for $20. There is a $5 late entry fee after Dec. 31.  Send Score and MP-3 or You tube by Feb. 14, 2020 to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com.  Note that you can register by paying early, but submit entry on Feb. deadline.           Thank you.

    The Violettes by Becky Youth Music Composition Competition is for ages 10 thru 18 (students still in high school). Sign up now, but submit your compositions by February 14, 2020. The compositions should be submitted via email to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com in both written and recorded forms.

    Th cost is $20, but if you can not afford this, we can waive the fee.

    Volunteer judges will provide constructive feedback for the students’ works and decide the winners.

    Judges are Professors of Composition Laura Elise Schwendinger and Andrew Lloyd Sigler of University of Wisconsin-Madison and of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville respectively. More about judges below.

    Prizes are -

    First place: $100 or choice of purse or wallet by Violettes by Becky

    (or MusicTeacherGifts.com).

    Second Place: $50 gift Certificate from Performers Music

    Third Place: $25 Gift certificate from Performers Music

     

    Should there be at tie, or at least 3 entries under age 15, an age

    division will be made for judging and prize purposes, and more gift

    certificate prizes will be added from Sheet Music Plus.

    Rules:

    1. Entries must be amateur composers who are ages 10 thru 19 on Feb. 14, 2020. (Students must still be in High School).
    2. Compositions/Songs must be between two and five minutes in length.
    3. Collaborative work accepted (partner must be in same age group). It will be the responsibility of the entry writer to divide the prize. No works under professional contract may be entered.
    4.  Submissions must consist of a score, and an MP-3 (or MP-4 or Memory Stick) or video. For ages 10 thru 14, score is not required, but will be given more weight in judging.
    5. Register (and pay) to enter by Dec. 31, 2020, but submit composition as late as Feb. 14, 2020. Late fee goes up to $25 if you register after Dec. 31.
    6. Compositions/Songs are due by February 14, 2020. Submit to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com
    7. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2020.
    8.  Registering for the competition means that you agree that your work is original and that you hold all rights to the composition/song.
    9. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. (We have not done this and have no plans to do it).
    10.  Submission constitutes entrant's agreement to release, indemnify and hold harmless and judges from and against any claim, including, without limitation, of copyright infringement or other misappropriation, arising from any acts or omissions in connection with the contest or its operation.
    11.  If you are interviewed by the press as a result of this competition, you are required to tell the press, they must mention and thank the company, "ViolettesbyBecky.com, Gifts for Music Lovers" in the press release for conducting the competition.
    12.  If you can not afford the entry fee, we can waive your fee. Also, please note that this competition is a labor of love, and the fee does not begin to cover the labor involved. Support us if you can with purchase from Violettes by Becky. Everyone needs to give gifts. Thanks.

      Please keep informed by signing up for the ViolettesbyBecky,com Newsletter.

      Judging Criteria

      • Judging Criteria for the Compositions will include up to 5 points assigned to each of the following 3 categories: 1.Originality/Creativity, Technical Proficiency 3. Orchestration and Overall Effectiveness
        (Note that the majority of entries are entered on just one instrument).

       

      Judges:

      Andrew Lloyd Sigler is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he directs the composition program and teaches audio recording, film scoring, theory, and orchestration. He will be assisted in judging by some of his composition students. His web site link is andrewsigler.com    He often gives winners bonus skype composition lessons.

      Laura Elise Schwendinger

      Prof. of Music Composition, Head of Composition/ Artistic Dir. Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

      University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mead Witter School of Music

       

      MA, PH.D. UC Berkeley; First Berlin Prize on Music '00, Radcliffe Inst. Fellow '03,

      Guggenheim Fellow '09, American Acad. Arts & Letters Lieberson Fellow '09,

      MacDowell, Yaddo, Bogliasco, Copland and Bellagio Fellow

      http://www.lauraschwendinger.com

       

      QUARTETS: Featuring the JACK Quartet on ALBANY

      http://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Session_ID=0cef356bee2ae17e1234406dcbcfaae0&Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1704&Category_Code=a-NR

       

      Grant recipient of an Opera America Discovery Grant!

      Discovery Grants,http://operaamerica.org/content/about/pressroom/2016/04202016.aspx

      for ARTEMISIA

      AT TRINITY WALL STREET, Times Arrow Festival, Orchestral premiere Christopher Alden,& Lidiya Yankovskaya-Conductor

       

      review in NYT

      https://www.nytimes.com/…/music/classical-music-youtube.html

      https://vimeo.com/334827356

      and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, June 2019, Chamber version Premiere

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