Young Composers Project

Tuesday, June 14 & Thursday, June 16, 7pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main Street, Grass Valley
Tickets $10/Adults, Youth Free, One Ticket Good for Both Evenings
Tickets available at the door

A whole passel of world premieres written by some of the most talented young people in the region and performed by world class ensembles in two fabulous performances.

The Young Composers Project (YCP) teaches talented young Nevada County musicians grades junior high through college to study music software notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, music theory and harmony, music history, conducting, public speaking and composition. It kicks off early in the school year with interested youth from 6th grade through college. The program consists of both Saturday classes and private lessons throughout the school year with composer/teacher Mark Vance. The program consists of two divisions, Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced.

This year, YCP is explored the intersection of art and music. 20 students of various ages and skill levels traveled to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. While there they were asked to choose one work of art (painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc) from more than 2000 on display. This work of art served as the inspiration for the student’s piece of composed music. Students researched their chosen artist and art. Many were very surprised by what they learned. Some even discovered that they had personal ties to the artist.

Next week on Tuesday and Thursday, a who’s who list of local Nevada County musicians plus members of Music in the Mountains Orchestra will perform each student’s composition. Their chosen art will be projected during the performance for a unique multi-media experience. See below for a few photos of the students with their inspired art.

Box Office:
530 Searls Avenue, Suite A, Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-6124
Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm