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VPR Classical Revives its Student Composer Showcase with Grace Carlomagno's "Traffic Lights"

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Student Composer Grace Carlomagno watches a rehearsal of her piece, "Traffic Lights," written when she was a sophomore at Montpelier High School

VPR Classical is reviving its Student Composer Showcase, presented in collaboration with Music-COMP and Lake Champlain Access Television. Each month we’ll highlight student composers from around the state, bringing you performances of their original compositions.

The Music Composition Mentoring Program (Music-COMP) is a Vermont non-profit started in 1995 that teaches students in grades 3-12 how to compose original music. Students are paired with professional composers as mentors, and over 50 works are premiered each year with professional musicians.

This month, we feature a work written in 2017 by then-sophomore at Montpelier High School, Grace Carlomagno. Here she speaks about why she writes music, and introduces her piece titled, “Traffic Lights.”

Letitia Quante & Jane Kittredge, violins
Elizabeth Reid, viola
Michael Close, cello

Opus 32 presented by Music-COMP
May 15, 2017
Elley Long Music Center at St. Michael's College

Next week Music-COMP will present its first showcase in two years, Opus 36, with a performance featuring 25 young composers from around the state. Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington. The concert is free and open to the public. Learn more at music-comp.org.

Production support for the Student Composer Showcase is provided by Lake Champlain Access Television, a community media center serving eight towns in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties, providing a free forum for expression, and a link to local government and training. More at lcatv.org

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Helen Lyons serves as the Music Manager and host of Vermont Public Classical’s Monday-Saturday morning program. She grew up in Williston, Vermont, and holds a BA in Music from Wellesley College and Artist Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has enjoyed an international singing career spanning three continents, performing in Europe, China, The Philippines and the USA.