A couple of weeks back, the Pittsburgh Symphony hosted our third annual Student Composers Reading Session. (see the photos over in the photo albums)
In association with the four local schools with extensive composition departments, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University, the session is designed to be a chance for four student composers (usually post-graduates) to have their works played by a top-level orchestra.
This year’s students were:
Stephen Barr (West Virginia University)
Bomi Jang (Carnegie Mellon University)
Carlo Vincetti Frizzo (Duquesne University – and a Heinz Hall usher!)
James Ogburn (University of Pittsburgh)
They each provided truly unique and fascinating works that showed the
marvellous quality of Western Pennsylvania’s composition scene.
There’s a lot more out here than a lot of people might realize.
We finished up with a truly fascinating symposium, discussing the works
and the world of composition in general, hosted by PSO Composer of the
Year, Christopher Theofanidis. We were also delighted to have PSO
musicians, John Soroka (percussion), David Sogg (bassoon) and Craig
Knox (tuba) attend the symposium to give their valuable feedback to the