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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces partnership with the National Young Composers Challenge

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For more information, please visit youngcomposerschallenge.org.
 

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced a partnership today with the National Young Composers Challenge that will present a composium at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The National Young Composers Challenge is in its eleventh year and is open to young musicians ages 13 to 18 who are U.S. residents.  To date, more than $30,000 has been awarded to 44 young musicians through the challenge.

Participants write their own composition for either a small ensemble (two to six instruments) or full orchestra.  A panel of nationally renowned composers then chooses the top three-orchestra and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by professional symphonic musicians at the Orlando composium, which will be held at the Dr. Phillips Center. The deadline for submission of compositions for participants for the Orlando composium is May 1, 2015.

“The goal of the Young Composers Challenge is to cultivate the next generation of great American composers and provide them the opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Stephen Goldman, founder of the National Young Composers Challenge. “We exist entirely through the generosity of people who believe that the next generation of great American musicians and composers is worthy of our support.”

At the composium, the top three orchestral composers are awarded $1,000 each and the top three ensemble composers are awarded $500 each. Winners also receive a professional recording of their composition.

The composium, open to the public, will take place at the new 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, opening in November 2014.

“We plan to deliver year-round educational, inspirational and engaging programs and events designed for people of all ages,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. “The National Young Composers Challenge at the Dr. Phillips Center allows young musicians from all over the country to participate in the classical arts, cultivating talent and exposing their work to new audiences.”

Christopher Wilkins, nationally recognized maestro, who also served as the music director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005 to 2013 is the conductor of the program. 

The panel of judges includes Dan Crozier, assistant professor of theory and composition at Rollins College; Keith Lay, department chair of music technology at Full Sail University; Jeff Rupert, director of jazz studies at the University of Central Florida and Stephen Goldman, philanthropist and creator of Why U, an internationally-renowned web-based educational resource.

Founded in Orlando, the National Young Composers Challenge is supported by donations and grants from the Goldman Charitable Foundation, University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Full Sail University and through the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, please visit youngcomposerschallenge.org and drphillipscenter.org.

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing and operating a new performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. This public-private partnership is funded by the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and private donors. Once complete, the performing arts center destination will include: an amplified theater, an acoustical theater, a community theater, educational facilities and a public performance plaza. Future plans also include mixed-use urban development. Inspired by the pillars: Celebration, Education, Participation and Destination, this mission-driven performing arts center will be Central Florida’s destination of choice for arts, cultural and entertainment programming. The Dr. Phillips Center opens two of its three theaters in November 2014. The Dr. Phillips Center is committed to the City of Orlando’s Blueprint Initiative, a standard for minority/women business involvement and local employment participation. For more information or to see live footage from the construction webcam, please visit drphillipscenter.org.