Jack Stone Award for New Music - March 28

Date: March 28, 2023

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Palmetto Theatre

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Congratulations to the 2023
Student Composer Awardees

Zac Dune,
Holyoke Community College: "In the Rain"
I've been playing saxophone for about fifteen years and writing music for about five.
 I wasn't sure how to start this project, so I just playing some melodies and chord progressions. Once I had a few ideas I liked, I started thinking about how to explore some ideas from different angles. I'm pleased with how well everything fit together.

Wakiyan Goulet,
San Antonio College: "Chaos Interlude"
I have been in the music field for over nine years. I started my music journey playing the trumpet in band class from sixth to eighth grade. Afterward, I picked up the guitar and played in rock cover bands during my time in high school. I am now studying in the music program at San Antonio College with a guitar concentration, and I would like to study in a composition program at a university. I also have a song called, "Virus-Infected High School Graduation" out on all streaming platforms such as Spotify.
 This is the first piece I have ever written. I wanted to write a piece that will push the performers' abilities to play their instruments, while at the same time, write a piece that's adventurous and chaotic, therefore the name "Chaos Interlude" came to life.

About the Jack Stone Award for New Music

While many calls for scores by student composers exist, few opportunities are available specifically for community college students. Because the musical background and training of community college student composers differs from that of composition students at four-year institutions and conservatories, there is a need for career building opportunities that will enable them to achieve creative success and gain national recognition. Congratulations to the two composer awardees for their winning scores. Their original compositions will be performed by Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet.

Bel Cuore Quartet (BCQ)

Lauded for their “high-energy” and “impressive” performances, the Bel Cuore Quartet (BCQ) has been sharing visceral and compelling chamber music with audiences since 2009. Twice nominated for “Best Classical Ensemble” by the Austin Critics’ Table, the quartet focuses on works by living composers to create engaging and memorable experiences for audiences. BCQ has performed concerts all over the world, including engagements at the SXSW music festival, the Sibelius Academy for Music in Helsinki, Finland, the Contagious Sounds series in New York City, Marfa Public Radio, KQUE Hum Tum Radio in Houston, and the Fast Forward Festival for new music. BCQ has worked closely with leading composers such as Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Steven Snowden, Ian Dicke, Donald Grantham, Christopher Stark, Victor Marquez, Asha Srinivasan, David Biedenbender, and Robert Honstein in various chamber and large ensemble configurations. They have been featured as performers on several commercial recordings on the Naxos, Mark Masters, and Longhorn labels, including Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, Tex Sax Next Generation and Circus Maximus, all available on iTunes.

Northwest Vista College Music Program

The NVC Music program enriches your musical proficiency and provides practical experience in a variety of vocal and instrumental idioms. Students of all levels and concentrations are welcome to join performance courses including the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir and Instrumental Chamber Ensemble. Learn skills that will improve your overall musicianship with courses in Music theory, aural skills, sight reading, piano, music literature and private study on your principal instrument. Find our more about the NVC Music Program.