MIC Champions Bright Young Composers' Works

While there are numerous performance opportunities and competitions for young musicians, there are far fewer opportunities through which young composers can have their talents recognized.  The Music Institute of Chicago Generation Next Young Composer's Competition, started in 2006, offers a forum in which the music of young talented composers is recognized and performed as part of the Four Score Festival.


For the first time since the competition began, first place goes to a young woman--Zara Ali, age 17.  Entries came from coast to coast this year and the spread of winning compositions stretches nationwide as well.  

Generation Next Winners: 2013


1st Place:       things i'd like to have

                      Zara Ali, 18  |  Cordova, TN

2nd Place:     Negotiation of the Winds  

                      Morgan Harry Kane, 16  |  New Haven, CT

3rd Place:      Metamorphosis 

                      Robert Didier, 18  |  St. Charles, IL 

Honorable Mention:

Sonata for violin and piano in E major  |  Alex Yuill, 18  |  Naperville, IL
Merely Players  |  Blake Pilger, 15  |  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


Click to see past winners >>

Learn more about the winning composers >>

Generation Next Winner's Concert
Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm  | Free and open to the public!
Nichols Concert Hall

1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL


The program also will feature works from the Music Institute’s Composer’s Lab Program, created by Composer-in-Residence Mischa Zupko, and performances by young composers from the studios of Chicago-based guest composers Patricia Morehead and Ilya Levinson. Morehead’s student Brandon Anthony Bruscato (age 17) offers his work A nEw Fase for violin, clarinet, and cello, and Levinson’s student Josh Fletcher (age 22) has composed Deep Sea for saxophone and piano.


The Music Institute again has partnered with 98.7 WFMT to record the performance for future broadcast on the popular radio program Introductions, which celebrates talented pre-college classical musicians.


For the complete Four Score Festival Schedule, click here >>

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