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Composing contest open to students

Students of all ages, elementary school through college are invited to participate in the free Junior Composer Program and Competition being offered by The Endless Mountain Music Festival (EMMF) based in Wellsboro and the Science & Discovery Center (SDC) of Corning, New York.

“Students do not need to apply to participate,” said Cindy Long, EMMF executive director, according to a news release. “To learn more about this program and competition, they should go to our website and look at the PowerPoint program.”

The PowerPoint presentation about the program and competition can be found at www.endlessmountain.net, the EMMF website. Included is contact information for Mark Warner, EMMF board member, and Bruce McLaren, an SDC educator. McLaren, Warner and Samara Gromer, an Elmira City School District educator, will help students to use scoring technology to complete their musical compositions.

Information about the free Junior Composer Program and the competition has also been emailed to music teachers in the following school districts: the Wellsboro Area, Northern Tioga and Southern Tioga school districts in Tioga County; the Coudersport Area and Galeton Area school districts in Potter County; the Corning-Painted Post Area School District in Corning, New York and the Elmira City School District in Elmira, New York.

The program combines STEM elements, including science, technology, engineering, and math, with music and technology to guide students in scoring their own inspired compositions.

On the EMMF website are master classes given by eight Hollywood film and television composers who work in Los Angeles, California and will perform world premieres of their work during this year’s Endless Mountain Music Festival. These composers will select the winners of the composing contest, the news release said.

By May 1, each Junior Composer Program participant must email a pre-recorded video he or she has created to info@endlessmountain.net. The video cannot be any longer than three minutes 30 seconds to four minutes. It must include the student’s scored composition, his or her name, age, location, year in school and a brief bio about himself or herself that is concise and informational and explains the story behind the music he or she has written.

According to the news release the composition must be inspired by one of five suggested topics. They are: essential workers, immigrants, civil rights, Hollywood or the town where the student lives.

The eight Hollywood composers will select the winning compositions from entries in each of these four categories: elementary, middle school/junior high school, high school, and college. The winning junior composers, along with their families, will be invited to attend the Saturday, July 17 EMMF concert at the Corning Museum of Glass and meet the Hollywood composers. The winning entries will be posted on the EMMF and the SDC websites.

“EMMF and SDC believe that combining STEM programming by scoring music gives an inclusive safe space for young composers to meet musicians and the opportunity to receive mentorship from eight Hollywood composers,” said Long. “This avenue for students to express themselves is an amazing gift and could be life changing for many,” she said.

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