The 12th Annual Composers Competition and Concert was held on Thursday, May 2, with 15 VCSU contestants including 10 classical and 5 pop selections. Winners were Ignacio Garcia de Olalla from Norway with his classical art song Coplas por la Muerta de su Padre,
performed by Tommy Zinke, baritone, and Jaime Namminga, piano. The pop category winner was Tyler Manske, whose piece Midnight Recovery,
was performed by Tyler (vocals and guitar), Sarah Rhyan (piano), Tommy Zinke (trumpet), David Burgess (trombone), Bradyn Good (sax), Beau Brunsvold (percussion) and Lyle Hager (bass). The winner of each category received a $200 cash prize.
This program is supported by the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, which brought J. David Moore back for another season of mentoring and teaching to 54 participants over the course of the semester. Moore, a professional composer based in St. Paul, delivered workshops using online videoconferencing and gave feedback through the Internet on a discussion forum for each piece submitted for review. The competition gets better every year under his mentoring, producing high quality, well-crafted musical works with excellent performances.
The concert was streamed and will be available as an archive at www.vcsu.edu/media