Entries by Sarah Madru

Kyle Pederson ’17 reflects on how VCFA influenced his five winning compositions for the 2018-19 American Prize

Kyle Pederson ’17 has been awarded the 2018-19 American Prize in Composition for the choral octavos professional division with his pieces “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?,” “Psallite,” “In the Beginning,” “Stars,” and “A Mighty Fortress Is our God.” All five of Kyle’s winning pieces were influenced in some important way by VCFA. One […]

Summer 2019 Ensembles-In-Residence

Each residency, students have the opportunity for the music they wrote during the previous semester to be rehearsed, performed, and recorded by one of our ensembles-in-residence. The MFA in Music Composition is excited to announce our Summer 2019 Ensembles: Hub New Music, Kylwyria, and Anna’s Ghost. Hub New Music Michael Avitabile, flute David Dziardziel, clarinet […]

David Alm’s “Oceano” Included in VCFA Exhibit “Ecstatic Beasts”

David Alm’s (’17) woodwind quintet Oceano was featured in Ecstatic Beasts, a VCFA exhibition that considers our complicated relationship to animals and, consequently, the natural world. Animals are regarded a multiplicity of functions in contemporary human society and culture, serving as pets, food, clothing, medicine, surrogates, life-savers and proxies—to name a few. Their role is hotly contested, as […]

The Magic That Happens In A Week

In an article for NewMusicBox, alum Garrett Steele (’16) describes his first visit to VCFA, what made him enroll in the MFA in Music Composition, and why he keeps returning to our immersive week-long multi-genre music composition residencies every semester even though he graduated more than two years ago. Garrett writes: “VCFA is a swirling vortex of bizarre, […]

Andy Gagnon wins TURNmusic Collegiate Composition Prize

Congratulations to Andy Gagnon, current MFA in Music Composition student and winner of the 2018 TURNmusic Collegiate Composition Prize. Andy is a native of Hardwick, Vermont who has worked across the world as a performer, composer, and educator.  His music has been performed from the clubs of New York and Boston to the concert halls of […]

Announcing Summer 2018 Ensembles-In-Residence

The MFA in Music Composition brings together some of the most exciting and diverse multi-instrumentalists in the country. Each residency features visiting ensembles that rehearse, perform, and record student music. We are excited to announce our summer 2018 ensembles-in-residence: loadbang, Sirius Quartet, Jeremy Siskind Trio, and Talujon (trio).   loadbang William Lang, trombone Carlos Cordeiro, […]