December 17th, 2013 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

Announcing the 11th Annual Young Composers Festival presented by Community Music Center of Boston!

Community Music Center of Boston and New Gallery Concert Series are proud to present the annual Young Composers Festival, a 3-day long program of workshops, panel discussions and concerts by and for students from elementary school to college.

Young musicians work alongside professional composers and performers to create, perform and enjoy contemporary music. Opportunities include collaborative workshops, a reading session, visual arts, and improvisation.

Thur. February 6, 7 p.m. 

New Gallery Concert Series: Everyday Things

Featuring visual artist Alison Safford and a full length concert by new music pianist extraordinaire, Kathleen Supové.



Fri. February 7th, 7 p.m

Wind Ensemble Concert

Students from CMCB’s Wind Department will perform under the direction of Geoff Shamu, Wind Department Chair.


Sat. February 8th 


10:00-11:30 am Songwriting Beginnings

A workshop leading young students through the steps of creating their own original pieces in a fun, creative environment led by Jeniris Gonzalez and assisted by Chris Middleton.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Jeniris González has been playing music and singing for more than 15 years. A multi-instrumentalist, she graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Music Therapy and minored in Psychology. She completed her medical internship at Florida Hospital Orlando, where she worked in both pediatric and adult units such as bone marrow transplant, rehabilitation, intensive care, oncology, neurology, and medical psychiatrics. Aside from the medical setting, she also has experience working within the areas of special education, geriatrics, and psychiatrics, and she has presented numerous workshops, service trips, and conference presentations across the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. Jeniris is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and American Sign Language, and she has a passion for underserved populations. She believes that music therapy allows a person to be defined not by their challenges, but by the joy of living. Jeniris currently works at the Community Music Center of Boston as well as at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Chris Middleton

A pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, Chris was himself a student at CMCB for over a decade. Classically trained but pop-oriented, he has written over one hundred songs since he began writing in 2005. In 2009, Chris played an original song with The Boston Pops as a finalist in the Fidelity Futurestage competition. He even says he’s close to writing a half-decent one! Most recently, Chris has been working with Claudia Eliaza as an accompanist and assistant director for CMCB’s  JP Children’s Chorus (“Sing It!”) at the Mission Hill School.  Chris is currently completing a degree in math and computer science at BU and plans to release an album as early as 2050.

12:00-1:00PM New Sounds Workshop: Rachel Barringer

Rachel Barringer, cellist, will demonstrate the cello improvisation and looping that she does during the yoga class that she instructs. She recently released a solo CD which will be featured on an upcoming PBS program, and she performs with several Boston-based rock bands as well as avant garde classical groups like the West Coast Harry Partch Ensemble.

Cellist Rachel Barringer, a Los Angeles native, is an active classical chamber musician, rock musician, yoga instructor, and private cello teacher living in the Boston area. After attending California Institute of Arts as a cello performance major she received her Masters Degree in Music from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Rachel has recently released a solo cello album, “Glass Dahlia,” which has brought together her experiences performing in numerous classical and contemporary chamber music ensembles, Partch (LA-based band performing the music of microtonal composer Harry Partch), and various rock bands (she is a founding member of the Wrong Shapes and plays cello in the Grownup Noise) to create a hypnotic blend of atmospheres and moods, all using only looped cello and voice. The album is also influenced by her experience performing as a soloist in numerous yoga workshops. Built around repetition and slow, organic changes of mood, the songs on the album have proven themselves to be a perfect soundtrack for yoga and meditation. Songs from “Glass Dahlia” are being used as part of the soundtrack to an upcoming PBS documentary titled “Coming Back” (spring 2014) about veterans returning from being stationed overseas.

1:00-2:00 pm Guest Composer: Erik Lindgren

Erik Lindgren received his B.A. in Music from Tufts University in 1976 where he worked with T.J. Anderson. In 1974–1975 he spent his junior year abroad in London studying composition at the Guildhall School of Music. Lindgren received an M.A. in Music Composition and Piano Performance from The University of Iowa in 1977. As a contemporary classical composer, Lindgren has a catalog of over six dozen works, ranging from solo piano pieces to chamber music to orchestral works. He also owns Foot Foot Music, bmi that publishes all of his original compositions. In 1978, Lindgren established Sounds Interesting Productions, a commercial recording studio and music production company based in Cambridge, Ma. In 1998, he relocated his facility to Middleborough, MA. National and regional credits include original scores for all three networks, PBS, Eastpak, Boston Globe, Basketball Hall of Fame, Jordan Marsh, Prentice-Hall, and the Christmas Tree Shops. In 2009, Sounds Interesting Studios expanded with engineers Rob Pemberton and Brian Cass. Lindgren also markets The Well-Tempered Music Library that consists of seven CDs of stock commercial music that he composed and produced. Since 1980, Lindgren has been a founding member of the new music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic that Billboard Magazine described as “cacophony meets classicism in a mesmerizing instrumental venture into the space age jungle.” The quartet has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and held residencies at Dartmouth College, Emory University, Duke, UNCA, Massachusetts College of Art, and Kennesaw State University. Birdsongs hasrecorded eleven CDs for the Rykodisc, Cuneiform, Ace of Hearts, NEARfest, and PEL labels. The group has collaborated with Duplex Planet editor/NPR correspondent David Greenberger on 1001 Real Apes and a CD of that project came out in 2006. Also in 2006, the group collaborated with Atlanta bass baritone Oral Moses and released a cd of Extreme Spirituals. In 2009, Cuneiform released a 2-cd retrospective Dawn of the Cycads which contains Birdsongs’ complete Ace of Hearts recordings circa 1983–’87 plus unreleased material. This release was supported by an East Coast tour that summer. mFor 25 years, Lindgren has run the ARF! ARF! label which has released over six-dozen archival CDs documenting ;60s Garage/Psychedelic Rock and “Incredibly Strange Music.” ARF! ARF! has issued four CD retrospectives by his ’80s experimental studio group the Space Negros. Lindgren has also produced over one hundred records for such diverse artists as Willie Loco Alexander, the Turbines, the Cynics and Ed “Moose” Savage and his Litany of Complaints.


2:00-3:00 pm Music Technology: Beatshop & DJ demonstration with DJ Danny Satori

Danny Satori Kutty, the instructor of CMCB’s Beatshop Class, will demonstrate how students create mind-bending electronic music from scratch using the software program Reason. This is a great introduction for any student considering a class in electronic composition. Danny will also talk about his work as a DJ in Boston.

Whether it be performing Liszt repertoire in Jordan Hall, live remixing of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” in ToUch Performance Art’s AcousticaElectronica, or running live synth/fx with the Boston-based duo HeartStrings, Danny Kutty (M. M., Piano Performance) is no stranger to the pursuit of artistic expression. His love for sculpting sound as a performance artist started at an early age with extensive musical training, which inevitably brought him to the serenity of his own resonance. Praised for “bringing the marble back to life,” he now maintains a performance standard on the piano of concert repertoire & improvisation inspired by the ever- changing universe. As a DJ/electronica artist, his eclectic blends of house, hip-hop, and latin/ reggae have made him an established performance artist in the underground nightlife at venues such as Therapy, Rumor, & Santos Party House. As an instructor, Danny is on the piano faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, where he also accompanies the Una Voce adult chorus. He is also lead instructor/curriculum developer of Beatshop Boston, CMCB’s music production program as well.

3:30-5:00 pm Reading Session, led by John Morrison

John Howell Morrison (b. 1956) is a native of rural North Carolina. He began his study of music with piano at age 9, but gained his most influential experiences playing the trumpet. As a high school student attending the Governor’s School of North Carolina in instrumental music during the summer of 1974, John played entirely music of the twentieth century, laying the foundation for a life as a composer. It was only after college (Davidson College) that John began to study composition, and he went on to earn a DMA in composition at the University of Michigan. While gaining a master’s in composition at the University of Tennessee, his principle teachers there were John Anthony Lennon, Kenneth Jacobs and Allen Johnson. Doctoral studies at the University of Michigan were funded by the university’s most prestigious award, the Regents Fellowship. Teachers at Michigan included William Bolcom, William Albright, Nicholas Thorne, George Wilson, and Leslie Bassett. John served as a teaching fellow during that time, and his degree was completed with the aid of a Predoctoral Fellowship. Teaching posts have followed, at Tennessee State University, Luther College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Oberlin College. John has served on the board of directors of the Iowa Composers Forum, and was elected president of the Cleveland Composers Guild. Now residing in Medford, Massachusetts, John teaches composition and theory at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Morrison has composed for a wide range of ensembles, solo instruments and chorus. He has been commissioned by New Gallery Concert Series, Firebird Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, the Radnofsky Quartet, Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds, Antiqua Nova, the Galhano/Montgomery Duo, Davidson College, the Cleveland Composers Guild, Longy School of Music, and several individual performers. Grants from the Fromm Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council (2002 Individual Artist Fellowship), American Composers Forum (Composers Commissioning Project and Performance Incentive Fund), Meet the Composer, Iowa Arts Council, Luther College, and the American Music Center (Margaret Fairbank-Jory Copying Assistance) have supported his work. John has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, I-Park Artists’ Enclave, the Schweitzer Institute (Festival at Sandpoint), June in Buffalo and the Charles Ives Center for American Music.

5:00-6:00 pm Written & Performed By…

Talented young students will perform new, original pieces in this inspiring, fun and eclectic concert which is the culmination of the 11th Annual Young Composers Festival. Students from the CMCB Intensive Study Project will present their pieces along with other students from the Boston community.

For information contact:
Eva Kendrick, ISP Assistant Director
Kendrick@cmcb.org or 617-482-7494

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