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Orchestra to teach Vail Valley composers

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Special to the Vail DailyJohn Deak, principal bassist for the New York Philharmonic, teaches music composition in Vail, Colorado last summer during Bravo's Very Young Composers Project.
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VAIL, Colorado ” Attention, any Vail, Colorado kids who are curious what it would be like to compose your own music: Are you interested in hearing your composition performed by the New York Philharmonic?

If you are between the ages of 8 and 12 with an interest in music, then this just may be your chance.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is now taking applications for its Very Young Composers Project, a program that gives children an opportunity to learn music composition with musicians from the New York Philharmonic. Selected students will create an original piece of music which will then be performed by members of the New York Philharmonic in Vail and Avon libraries.



In cooperation with the New York Philharmonic, Bravo! is looking for seven to nine students, ages 8 to 12 years old with an interest in music to participate in the program. A musical background is not required. Applications are due May 15, and are available at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or 970-827-4302.

The New York Philharmonic conducts the young composers program in New York public schools and around the world. This is the second year of the program in Eagle County. John Deak , the orchestar’s associate principal bassist and creative education associate, led the Eagle County program last year and will lead the program again this summer.

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Ted Wiprud, director of music for the New York Philharmonic, says the program is successful for children across the country.

“Just a very few children get this opportunity to work with composers, who work as mentor scribes, to capture the student’s ideas so professional musicians can play it,” says Wipurd.


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