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ASO Receives AT&T Foundation Grant

January 12, 2012
  • Who: Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: AT&T Foundation Grant Awarded for Young Composers

Austin, TX – The Austin Symphony today announced receiving a $25,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation in support of its “2012 Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert.” The only competition of its kind in the State of Texas and one of only a handful nationwide, the ASO’s competition and concert showcases the orchestral writing skills of Texas composers age 18 and under. “We are very fortunate to be a recipient of this grant from AT&T Foundation,” said Diana Eblen, Director of Education for the Austin Symphony. “We have enjoyed a long relationship with AT&T and their support of the ASO’s youth education programs. Their interest in this new project of the Austin Symphony reinforces their commitment to the education of Texas young people.”

The Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert began in earnest in 2011. The competition received over 25 entries from young people all over Texas. Originally conceived to present one outstanding new work per year, the Competition received so many worthy entries that the ASO administration and Board of Directors felt a special concert should be added to the competition. “It is very difficult for young composers to have their compositions played by a professional orchestra,” stated ASO Executive Director Anthony Corroa. “Many orchestras are not willing to take a chance on new works and young composers. It is our hope that the ASO’s Young Composers Competition and Texas Young Composers Concert will encourage young Texas composers and nurture future masterpieces.”

When contacted about this cultural initiative in his district, State Representative Elliott Naishtat commented, “I’m proud that Austin and the Austin Symphony are once again leading the way in nurturing the creative talents of our young people. This competition is a wonderful opportunity for the young composers of the great State of Texas to have their works performed.”

The Second Annual Texas Young Composers Concert will take place on April 26, 2012.