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or no musical background opportunities gone on to receive acclaim include Tazmin to create, notate, and hear their own muElliott, who completed her fellowship in sic performed by New York Philharmonic 2011 and has since garnered rave reviews musicians. Participants then graduate into from The New York Times and The Washingexperiences that help them develop further. ton Post, and Saad Haddad, who was part of Among them are the Composers’ Bridge, the very first Composer Fellows group that which offers middle-school graduates of graduated from the program in 2009, and the VYC Program the opportunity to prewhose recent orchestral work Maelstrom pare for formal study in composition; sister was performed last April by the American programs in Denver and Vail, Colorado, Composers Orchestra in New York City. and Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and internaAt the American Composers Orchestional offshoots in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, tra, high-school-age composers study with and Helsinki that collaborate with VYC some of today’s most adventurous comstudents in American cities, who exchange posers, among them Lisa Bielawa, Kenji “musical postcards” with children from Bunch, and Vivian Fung. The Compose other cultures. The VYC Program’s work Yourself program, in which each young with Venezuela’s El Sistema (now entering composer is paired with a working comits second year) seems likely to provide a poser for a series of hands-on lessons, dovefertile ground for expansion and exchange, tails with the ACO’s overall focus on the with VYC Program teaching artists makcreation and performance of contemporary ing several trips to Caracas to engage local American music. schoolchildren since 2010. Another noteworthy initiative is the As part of the program, in 2011 stuNew York Youth Symphony Composition dents in New York composed works for Program (formerly called “Making Score”), both Korean and Western instruments, in directed by composer Kyle Blaha and one a collaboration with Korea Arts and Culof the few programs of its kind, based ture Education Service. These ties will be around a youth orchestra. Students between strengthened during the ages 12 and 22 attend workMany orchestras Philharmonic’s Asia tour in shops from October through May in which they explore have expanded their early 2014, in which compoyoung-composer sitions by students aged ten music by a wide variety of programs into to twelve from across South composers, with a focus on annual events Korea—who are participatinstrumentation and orchesthat get young ing in the VYC Program tration. Examples are drawn people out of the run by Kumdarak Saturday from the classical repertoire as well as musical traditions classroom and into Cultural Schools—will be throughout the world. Us- a real-live orchestra performed by an ensemble rehearsal. including New York Philharing tools such as study scores monic musicians in a free concert in Seoul. and orchestration books, the course aims to A February 11 concert for families in Tocultivate the students’ own voices through kyo’s Suntory Hall, sponsored by the Sony class discussion, written exercises, and free Music Foundation, will also feature music composition. Past sessions have been led written by New York–based students of the by composers including John Corigliano, VYC program, who range in age from elevMaria Schneider, Stephen Sondheim, and en to thirteen. The works were inspired by Michael Torke, helping to bring young pieces written by four young composers in composers into contact with acknowledged Fukushima, ages ten to fourteen, who have masters of the craft while they compose for been engaged in musical correspondence an ensemble of their peers. with their U.S.-based counterparts in expression of one of the VYC Program’s main Spreading New Music tenets: that music and creativity transcend Around the World national borders. Since its 1995 debut, the New York PhilJon Deak, a composer and former assisharmonic’s Credit Suisse Very Young tant principal bass at the New York PhilComposers Program has expanded from harmonic who is founder and director of after-school workshops to include multiple the VYC Program, says, “We are looking ongoing initiatives. At its core, the program for that ‘tipping point’ whereby it becomes gives students in grades 3 to 5 with little 9/4/05, 12:21 PM