“Powerful collaboration”: Composers project students will present original works

Seventeen young composers are thrilled to share the culmination of their composition studies from InConcert Sierra’s “Composers Project”. Their original works will be performed by professional musicians on Thursday June 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The Composers Project is a nine-month program for students aged 12-22 that explores all aspects of composition, including music theory, notation, finding inspiration, music history, writing for instrument families and public speaking. Students meet and work with guest musicians, artists and composers.

This season, the composers found inspiration for their final compositions through a collaboration with the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan community and CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project). Through field trips, conversations, and guest speakers, they learned about Nisenan history and culture, as well as their ongoing struggle to regain recognition from the federal government.



“This was a powerful collaboration and an important current event happening right here in our community,” said Mark Vance, Instructor and Director of Education for InConcert Sierra.

Students wrote for sets of duets and trios with titles such as “Steward of the Land”, “Waltz on Stolen Ground”, “Before the Gold Rush”, “Measured Loss”, “The Madness of Two Centuries” and “Forgetting a Beautiful Thing.”



“The works are all different and yet impressive and engaging,” Vance said. “Students receive a valuable education that is celebrated by both students and parents.”

“As parents, these completed compositions allow us to experience the creative and hard work of our child, under the guidance of the incredible teacher Mark Vance. Our son was so inspired by CP that he now says he wants to be a musician and a composer,” said a parent of a current composition student.

The concert will be held at Miners Foundry in Nevada City on Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Shelley Covert, CHIRP Executive Director and Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe Tribe Council Spokesperson/Member, will open the concert in honor of collaboration and compositional efforts of young composers.

InConcert Sierra is a Nevada County non-profit organization that showcases classical music stars of today’s international scene, as well as emerging young artists and local and regional professional musicians. Its robust “Bach to the Future” music education offerings provide immersive experiences for all ages. Founded in 1946, InConcert Sierra celebrates 75 years as an integral part of the Nevada County arts community.

For more information, please visit http://www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.

Source: InConcert Sierra

Composers Project ensemble, left to right, Kristen Autry, viola; Zoe Schlussel, violin; Eliza Hagy, student composer/violinist; Jia-mo Chen, cello.
Photo by Craig Silberman
Composers Project students visiting the Uba Seo Nisenan Arts and Culture Gallery in Nevada City.
Photo by Annette Dunklin

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