The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra has named three winners of its inaugural Young Composers Competition for composers ages 18 to 22. The first-place winner is Alan Mackwell, an undergraduate at Boston Conservatory of Music, who will receive $2,000 and a June 4 performance at Verizon Hall of his composition III. Secretly Ramses the Second. Christopher Lazzaro, an undergraduate at Temple University, won second place and $1,000 for his composition Epic, an Orchestral Sketch; and Austin Ali, University of Texas at Austin, won third place and $500 for his composition Ostinato. The winners were selected by PYO’s music director, Louis Scaglione, and the director of the Young Composers Competition, Philadelphia-based composer Sheridan Seyfried, a PYO alumnus and graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Posted April 20, 2017