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ASO Announces Winners of Young Composers Competition

February 10, 2014

The Austin Symphony Orchestra (Austin, TX) is proud to announce the winners of its 4th Annual Sarah & Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition. Winning compositions will have their world premieres at the Texas Young Composers Concert on April 10, 2014.

We are delighted to award these budding composers who represent young people from throughout Texas, from as far north as Plano, south to San Antonio and east to Houston.

Winning composers include:
Garrett Brumley, Round Rock, TX
Timothy Dow, Huntington, TX
Jack Gillette, Driftwood, TX
Wyatt Hahn, Cedar Park, TX
Dara Li, Plano, TX
Alan Mackwell, Houston, TX
Jack Roberts, San Antonio, TX
Michelangelo Rodriguez, Austin, TX
Andrew Vara, Helotes, TX

With help from the Texas Music Educators Association’s newsletter and communication with music teachers across the State of Texas, the ASO invited young composers 18 years and younger to submit full, original orchestral compositions 5 to 7 minutes in length. Winning composers would have the opportunity to have their works performed in concert with a professional orchestra. As with last year’s competition the ASO received more than 25 entries from students located throughout Texas. The nine winning composers will have their works premiered in a special concert April 10, 2014, co-presented by the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

“This competition was a “first” for the ASO and the State of Texas,” said Anthony Corroa, ASO Executive Director, “and this concert will premiere the top nine entries we received through the competition. Through these two events we have been able to further the mission of the Austin Symphony to provide excellence in our award-winning youth education programs.”

Corroa added, “It is very difficult for young composers to have their composition played by a professional orchestra. Many orchestras are not willing to take a chance on the new works and the young composers. It is our hope that the ASO’s Sarah & Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert will encourage young Texas composers and nurture future masterpieces.”

The ASO’s Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert recently received a $1 million gift from Sarah & Ernest Butler of Austin. Dr. and Mrs. Butler have been staunch and enthusiastic supporters of the arts community in Austin for many years. The principal of the Butlers’ donation will stand in perpetuity in the Austin Symphony Endowment. Income from the interest earned on the gift will help cover expenses for running the competition and producing the annual concert.

Entries for the competition were evaluated and ranked by two judges: – Peter Bay, ASO Music Director and Conductor – William Lewis, Principal Bassoonist for the Austin Symphony