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EMMF Junior Composer Program – Featuring Masterclasses from Eight Hollywood Composers

by Lauren Gooch - March 4, 2021

The Endless Mountain Music Festival (EMMF) and the Science & Discovery Center (SDC) are collaborating to try a new program this year – The Junior Composer Program, featuring masterclasses by eight Hollywood Composers. Students (elementary through college) will have the incredible opportunity to take these courses and learn the art of composing their own music. The winners of this competition will be invited to attend the EMMF concert on July 17th at the Corning Museum of Glass with their families for a meet-and-greet with the Hollywood composers!

On the EMMF website (endlessmountain.net), you can view a PowerPoint presentation with information on the program, how to register, and introductions/bios for the Hollywood Composers. These Hollywood Composers have impressive work to show, including writing for Obama’s First Documentary, American Factory on Netflix, and compositions for The Phantom of the Opera and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

STEM learning, as well as computer programming tools such as Melody Assistant, will give students a competitive advantage in their music careers and beyond. In addition to the masterclasses from the eight Hollywood Composers on the EMMF website, students will also receive assistance from educators at the Science & Discovery Center. Throughout the month of March, they will be holding help sessions at the Deane Center from 3:30pm-5pm each Wednesday. Students can sign up for these by calling 570-787-7800. Please bring a mask, as well as your own earbuds and laptop.

Once students have composed their music, they must submit an introduction video about themselves and their inspiration for their music, no more than three or four minutes long, including their scored composition. Details for submissions can be found here. The submissions will be sent to Hollywood for review by the eight Hollywood composers, who will judge them and ultimately select a winner in each of the following categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College. The winning compositions will be featured on both the EMMF and SDC websites. Additionally, the winners will be invited to the Corning Museum of Glass on July 17th to meet the Hollywood Composers! The composers are flying in from Los Angeles specifically for the opening weekend of the festival and will be presenting eight world premieres.

Students who are interested in this program must register by calling 570-787-7800 or 570-439-1051. Submission videos must be sent to info@endlessmountain.net by May 31st. For questions, email Mark Warner at markvincentw@gmail.com. For technical and programming questions, email Bruce McLaren at lab@sdcsciencecenter.org.

To view an example from last year’s winner, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8mhWsxCmIM.

To view the promo, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a2pAyo14Jk.

In other EMMF news, the second round of virtual festival music is now available on their website for the public to view for free, featuring individual musicians who have made a difference. The first round of festival music was dedicated to first responders and was performed by their brass section. It ultimately reached 11,000 views from people in 40 countries!

To view the festival schedule for the upcoming in-person season for 2021, click here. Social distancing and masking will be enforced, and if they are unable to perform inside venues, they will perform outside.

To support EMMF and their efforts to bring these incredible music experiences to our area, donate here.

Credits:

Videography: Ethan Chabala
Video Editing: Ethan Chabala
Writing: Lauren Gooch
Anchor: Lauren Gooch

Produced by Vogt Media
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