Austin Symphony to premiere works by local teens

Posted on: March 29, 2013

In Friday’s (3/29) Austin Chronicle (Texas), Natalie Zeldin writes about the difficulties many composers face getting orchestral works heard. “Assembling an orchestra is quite a production, and rehearsal time (all the more needed for new repertoire) is expensive for such a large ensemble. … On April 3, the Austin Symphony makes a brave foray into the new music scene with an evening of world premieres. This is the third Texas Young Composers Concert, a program that provides the thrilling opportunity for young composers (under 18) to hear their works performed by the ASO. One of the 10 composers featured on the program is Jocelyn Chambers. When she won the competition last year, she became both the first African-American and the first girl to win. … Chambers started playing the piano at age 7. When she was 13, she began composition lessons with Rachel McInturff at the Armstrong Community Music School. … ASO Executive Director Anthony Corroa says the goal of the program is to ‘encourage young Texas composers and nurture future masterpieces.’ The infectious enthusiasm that Chambers expresses for classical music is enough of a reason to support this program, and new music in general.”

Posted March 29, 2013