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Composition Competition Winner – Nan Yi

ClefWorks announces the winner of the String Quartet Composition Competition, and the world premiere of the selected piece in Birmingham, Alabama, by the Samford Quartet on February 23, 2021.

“Nan Yi’s piece, entitled “Fenway Park” has been selected as the First Place Winner in the competition,” said Jenny Brown, Executive Director at ClefWorks. “Nan is a young composer, studying in the United States and reflecting on his new home of Boston, Massachusetts. Fenway captures his love for the city and was written during the unique summer of 2020.”

The theme for the Composition Competition this year was The Year 2020: Life, Headlines and the Soul of America.  Musicians were left without audiences this year. So ClefWorks opened this competition to celebrate the creation of new music, and to encourage beauty out of chaos. We were thrilled with the contributions we received from across the country, from Vermont to Oregon, Massachusetts to Missouri. All of the entries captured a different aspect of this year and created lasting art from isolation. We commend all the composers who took a risk and shared their immense talents with us.

The Composer

Nan Yi (b. 1995) is a Chinese born composer who is currently studying composition in the United States. His compositional interest is on how to employ the past musical tradition into the modern context, or in other words, how to integrate the contemporary musical expression with the musical tradition from the past. He wants to write music that sounds new, but to some degree, old as well. He is currently a composition master student at New England Conservatory, Boston. He looks forward to continuing further doctoral study in the future.

“The string quartet was composed from the summer break of this unprecedented year. Each movement is named after a location I encountered in the past. Fenway Park is my favorite spot during my study in Boston. All of these places represent a slice of my everyday life.”

The World Premiere

The Samford Quartet is comprised of faculty members, Caroline and Samuel Nordlund and Jeffrey and Angela Flaniken. These immensely talented musicians had the difficult task of judging the entries and will perform the winning piece in their faculty concert on Tuesday, February 23, in Brock Recital Hall on Samford’s campus. Attendance is limited to Samford’s guests, however a livestream is available on the University website and to all subscribers of ClefNotes, the ClefWorks newsletter. https://www.samford.edu/arts/live

Questions? Go to info@clefworks.org, or contact Jenny Brown at 334-603-CLEF

Nan Yi, student at the New England Conservatory, is the winner of the
2020 Composition Competition with his piece “Fenway Park”
Composition Competition Winner – Nan Yi2021-02-22T13:01:27-06:00

INVOKE in Montgomery!

Invoke brings innovative American chamber music to Montgomery. A multi-string quartet, they shift instruments mid-piece to seamlessly add color and texture to their work. Violin, Viola, Cello, Banjo and Mandolin – a little something for everyone. Come be delighted.

Buy your tickets now for Friday, January 31, 2020!

INVOKE in Montgomery!2020-01-10T15:26:30-06:00

Wind Down with Windsync!

We’re delighted to bring these talented musicians to Montgomery. Don’t miss this young, vibrant wind quintet. Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe and French Horn will surprise and delight you!

Buy your tickets now for Friday, February 22nd, 2019!

Wind Down with Windsync!2019-02-12T18:55:29-06:00

2017 Competition Winner – Roger Briggs

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our 2017 Composition Competition, Roger Briggs! Roger’s piece “Friction” is the perfect complement to Catalyst’s Hemispheres Program that was performed on March 10th. Roger spoke eloquently about the force of music and noise to create friction in our lives. Catalyst tackled the complex techniques and left us breathless with their skill. To learn more about Roger, visit his website.

It was certainly a difficult decision thanks to the high caliber of all of the selections. Catalyst Quartet, who judged this year’s competition, said they were overwhelmed with options. We are so enthused about the quality and exuberance of those composers that are creating new music for today. We wish you all great success.

Congratulations as well to our first runner up, Will Huff. His piece was “Three Monologues About the Same Thing.” Well done, Will!

2017 Competition Winner – Roger Briggs2017-06-07T18:45:26-05:00

Award-winning Catalyst Quartet Brings Music To Montgomery

Catalyst Quartet, an award winning quartet out of New York shared their talents with Montgomery March 7th at school outreach concerts. On Friday, March 10th the group also performed a family-friendly concert at City Auditorium. We invited everyone to join us for an engaging and exciting night of music in Montgomery, and they didn’t disappoint!

The quartet’s visit was part of our 10th Anniversary Festival, which kicked off with local favorites in a laid back setting,  our Jazz Brunch at A&P Social, and the music of the Lo-Fi Loungers. On the 8th, there was a unique opportunity to hear chamber music as it was originally intended, in a private home! Thank you to The Cottage Hill Foundation for sponsoring that event.

Award-winning Catalyst Quartet Brings Music To Montgomery2017-06-07T18:45:19-05:00