2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition Finalists and Grand Prize Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce the Top 10 Finalists of the 2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition! This year’s competition called for scores written for brass quintet. Following strong reception from many young and talented composers, the three judges – Tom Wells of Society of Composers, Inc.; Tim Davis of the Boston New Music Initiative; and Kyle Spraker of Redline Brass Quintet – deliberated and have chosen.

The Top 10 Finalists are:

To Throw – Michael Mikulka
Prism – Hong-Da Chin
Elegy – Liza White
Atomic Fanfare – Stuart Beatch
In medias res – Josh Getman
Overflow – Kei Hong Wong
Mitose, proliferation, apoptose – Jean-Patrick Besingrand
The Grind – Bernard Walasavage
Zero Quintet – Kenta Masuda
Brass Quintet No. 1 – Andrew Selle

Congratulations to all of the Finalists! These 10 composers’ works will be featured in the 2014 PARMA Anthology of Music, a free resource for ensembles, performers, and music directors to access contemporary, well-written scores for brass quintet by young composers. You can check out the 2012 and 2013 anthologies here.

Michael Mikulka

And a special congratulations to Michael Mikulka, who has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s competition! Michael is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition at the University of Texas and is active as both a composer and performer. More info about Michael and his music can be found here.

As the Grand Prize Winner, Michael’s piece To Throw will be performed by the Redline Brass Quintet at the Main Event of the 2014 PARMA Music Festival, which starts at 7 pm on August 16 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH.

This year’s genre-defying and barrier-breaking PARMA Music Festival (August 13 -16 in Portsmouth NH) will feature 14 concerts in 12 venues, with performances by Ovidiu Marinescu, Juan Álamo, John Page and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Qwill, Redline Brass Quintet, Karolina Rojahn, Shango, The Soggy Po’ Boys, and many more! There will also be concerts by the Boston New Music Initiative, The Shakespeare Concerts, and Society of Composers, Inc., which will be launching the upcoming volume in the SCI CD Series, PENDULUM, out August 12 on Navona Records. You can check out all the artists who will be at this year’s Festival here.

Entrance to all the events at the PARMA Music Festival is free, except to the Main Event on Saturday evening. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office (28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth NH), by phone at (603)436-2400, or online.

Come join us at the 2014 PARMA Music Festival (August 13 – 16) for four days of unforgettable musical experiences and to hear Michael Mikulka’s piece To Throw performed by Redline Brass Quintet. Check back for more updates about the Festival as well as about the 2014 PARMA Anthology of Music.

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