KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 1/29/11, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Shawn Campbell, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Tucson Symphony Orchestra,  Ilona Vukovic Gay, TSO Young Composers Project Instructor, Emma Wine, and Anthony Constantino, TSO Young Composer Project students.  The Young Composer’s Project teaches elementary through high school students to compose for orchestra.

Campbell says the program uses the Orchestra as a living laboratory for the young composers, providing interaction between students and professionals to explore the creative process of composition. Gay says participants meet twice per month from September through May, culminating in two public reading sessions by the Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the TSO String Quintet. She says these reading sessions produce study recordings of the young composers’ newly created pieces.  

Anthony is a junior at University High School and performs in the school’s Choraliers. He talks about being one of 3 young composers in the U.S. to have his work chosen to be performed in Carnegie Hall by the Orchestra of St. Luke and high school choirs. Wine is a junior at Catalina Foothills High School who performs in the Catalina Foothills Choir. She talks about learning to be a composer through the Project.

Campbell says since 1993, the TSO Young Composers Project program has produced more than 200 new works by young composers. She also says this is the 4th consecutive year for National Endowment for the Arts grant, which supports the Project. She says a second NEA grant is for a Southern Arizona Residency program, which provides for TSO concerts in Ajo & Bisbee.