Pictured above are the students, teachers, and performers at the OPUS 24 performance on the stage of the Ludlow Town Hall auditorium in 2012.
Three area students have been selected to join 21 other state-wide students at OPUS 28 on Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium as classical musicians play the original compositions created by the selected students. The area students honored by having their original compositions selected, out of the more than 80 students who competed for this honor, are Erik Heitsmith, Grade 5 and Rosie Saccardo, Grade 5 both from Ludlow Elementary School, and Abby Crowley, Grade 6 from Mt Holly
Pictured above are, from left to right, Erik Heitsmith, Grade 5 and Rosie Saccardo, Grade 5 both from Ludlow Elementary School, whose original musical compositions will be included in the OPUS 28 concert at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, April 30. Abby Crowley, Grade 6 from Mt Holly Elementary School, photo not available, is also included in the concert.
The students, with the help of music teacher Constance Wilcox and the on-line musical composition computer program, ‘Inside Music’ and ‘Noteflight’ located on the web, created their own compositions that were submitted to Music-COMP. Statewide, over 80 students participated in the competition. Ultimately, about 24 of these compositions were selected for the April 30 concert in Ludlow. The compositions will be played by professional classical musicians, some members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Ludlow also hosted the OPUS 24 concert in the town hall auditorium. FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will assist Music-COMP in arrangements for the concert. Selected student compositions will be played at the concert.
Here’s how it works: Each student is mentored by a professional composer on our online forum throughout the school year. Then, we choose around 24 of these student works to be performed at each Opus concert. The selected students travel with their music teachers to the event to participate in day-long workshops, interviews, and even get the opportunity to rehearse their piece with the ensemble leading up to the evening’s performance.
The entire OPUS program is run by Music-Comp. Music-COMP, formerly known as the Vermont MIDI Project, serves over 7,000 students each year to explore music composition in music classrooms and independently at home. Our community involves professional composer mentors who respond to student work-in-progress posted in an online forum. Teachers in participating schools play an important role too, introducing students to music composition and supporting their work. Music-COMP hosts two live performance concerts each year; a winter event featuring brass, percussion, piano and voice and another concert in the spring featuring strings and woodwinds. Throughout the year, the work of individual students is featured in numerous other concerts in collaborations with other performing organizations such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Champlain Philharmonic, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and others.