Our 2018 Rachel Moore Composition Contest Winners!
Congratulations to Kunal Gala, the First Place winner of this season’s Rachel Moore Choral Composition Contest. Kunal is a freshman at Berklee College of Music in Boston and his winning composition was featured in our concert series, “EARTHSONGS: Song and Dance,” June 8-10.
About his composition, Kunal writes: “Ma (間) roughly translates to space, or more specifically: negative space. It describes the elusive concept of what lies in-between things: what is left in the presence of nothingness. The text describes someone who is in search of something they will never reach, like a horizon or dream. A pursuit that is self-consuming, self-destroying. This person like so many of us, needs ma. Hopefully this piece can help bring ma to more people.”
The Second Place winner of this season’s Rachel Moore Choral Composition Contest is Hamid Alipourshirazi, a student at Tehran Music Conservatory of Music. His winning composition, » قزامت « (Qazamat) uses traditional Northern Khorasan poetry as its text. In addition to Conservatory, Hamid Alipourshirazi continues private study in composition, harmony, orchestration, and form in music via Skype with Professor Mr. Arash Teymourian in Canada. He is strongly interested in Iranian music and was inspired to compose “Qazamat” as an interesting play in rhythm and color. The text, which at first glance seems dark, is actually a string of symbols of love’s imprisonment of the heart. Although the captive speaker in the poem aches to be free, they also relish in the prison of love. The music reflects this in its joyful, dancing rhythms and interplays.
A returning student, Cathryn Davis won Third Place in this season’s Rachel Moore Choral Composition Contest for students of all ages from anywhere in the world. She currently studies composition at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her winning composition, “Dance of the Fairies,” which she describes as “a cappella with an ostinato that is repeated throughout the composition.