We’re very pleased to introduce Anastasia Pahos and Dale Trumbore, the winners of the 2012 Youth Inspiring Youth composition competition. In a new twist on our four year Youth Inspiring Youth project, WomenSing has commissioned these young composers to set the same River of Words poem, Reflections, to music. We’re very interested to see how two different composers approach the process using the same text. How will the poem inspire each? What musical choices will they make to convey the meaning in the poem? Will each composer find the same meaning in the poem?
WomenSing has also added an international component to this year’s Youth Inspiring Youth project. We actively recruited young composers from both Australia and the U.S., selecting one winner from each country. We invited noted Australian composer Sandra Millliken to mentor the competition winners alongside Libby Larsen, our teaching artist from the past three years. With an expanded creative team and the new one poem/two composers variation we expect this year’s YIY program to be a memorable one!