Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vancouver Chamber Choir - Young Composers' Competition Results

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn have drawn their 42nd concert season to a close with the performance of YOUTH AND MUSIC and winner announcements of the 2013 Young Composers' Competition.
The Vancouver Chamber Choir gives outstanding support to the growth and development of talented young musicians. This year's competition finalists came from across North America and were selected from 61 pieces submitted worldwide. The judges were composer Larry Nickel, conductor Kevin Zakresky and Vancouver Chamber Choir Conductor and Artistic Director Jon Washburn. Each 1st and 2nd Prize piece was performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir prior to winner announcements.
Elementary (Ages 8 - 12)

  • 1st Prize: Molly Mickelson  In Springtime
  • 2nd Prize: Emmalina Varelas  Where go the Boats?
  • Honourable Mention: Shaelyn Lorensen  Winds across the meadow
  • Honourable Mention: Daygan Olsson  Shall I Fly With the Wind? 
Secondary (Ages 13 - 17)
  • 1st Prize: Joseph W. Goodhew  Ave Maria
  • 2nd Prize: Paul Mortilla  Vos Estis Lux Mundi
  • Honourable Mention: Samuel Dylan Rosner  The Tyger

College/University (Ages 18 - 22)
  • 1st Prize:  Eric Choate  Now Cheer our Hearts
  • 2nd Prize: Saad N. Haddad   The Little Boy
  • Honourable Mention: Alexander Alberti  The Sea
The 11th 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) 
  • Molly Mickelson, Vancouver  In Springtime
Secondary (Ages 13 - 17) 
  • Aryo Nazaradeh, North Vancouver  Breeze

College/University (Ages 18 - 22) 
  • Roydon Tse, Vancouver  A Pure Heart, O God

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:

  • Karl DeJong  My Dog Kipper
  • Samera Meyer  Deogie
  • Jasmine Robertson  The Rainbow Song
  • Sarah Stanley  Space
  • Ethan Strokon  The Periodic Table 

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