Teen musicians: what original melodies and textures can you imagine for flute, clarinet & alto sax? A solo, a duet, a trio? All the combinations are available to you in this year’s Minnesota Varsity composer category, and we’re eager to hear what you create!

Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high-school musical talent from Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s terrestrial broadcast area (includes parts of MN, WI, ND, SD, ID and the UP of Michigan). Students in these regions are invited to compete in Minnesota Varsity as performers or as composers. ACF is proud to coordinate the composer category, which provides high school students with workshop, mentoring, and performance opportunities. Each autumn student composers (ages 14-18 and grades 9-12) are invited to submit one original score for the selected instrumentation. Details are in the Guidelines tab. From all the composition submissions five students are selected to participate in a workshop & mentoring day in Saint Paul. In the spring, two finalists are selected as Showcase Composers, and their pieces are performed in front of a live studio audience.

Click below to watch composition videos about each instrument, and to go behind the scenes with past MN Varsity showcase composers.

Instrumentation varies each year, and in past seasons students have composed for:

  • 2017 concert: trumpet, cello, piano
  • 2016 concert: violin, viola, cello & tenor voice
  • 2015 concert: piano, french horn, clarinet
  • 2014 concert: piano, cello, violin
  • 2013 concert: flute, oboe, clarinet
See pictures from last season!

This Season

Student composers (ages 14-18 and grades 9-12) are invited to submit one original score (3-7 minutes in length) for any combination of the specific instruments listed below. To participate, read all the rules and apply online here: https://www.classicalmpr.org/topic/minnesota-varsity.

Important Dates

  • Monday, 12/4/2017 @ 9:00am: the final deadline to submit your composition. Late entries are NOT accepted.
  • Saturday, 2/24/2018: Mentoring Day in Saint Paul
  • Sunday, 5/13/2018: Showcase Concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall

This season’s instrumentation

will be three performers:

  1. flute / video (and/or optional piccolo / video)
  2. B-flat clarinet / video
  3. alto saxophone / video

You may compose/submit a trio for all three players; a duet (flute and clarinet; flute and alto sax, clarinet and alto sax); or an unaccompanied solo for flute, piccolo, clarinet, or alto saxophone. Music for any other instruments will not be accepted for this year’s competition.

 

 

Seamus Flynn
Seamus Flynn
Nicholas Christenson
Sam Hanson
Austin Kraft
Austin Kraft
Louisa Byron
Louisa Byron
Ava Huebner
Ava Huebner
John Kuntz
John Kuntz
Riona Ryan
Riona Ryan
Grant Luhmann
Grant Luhmann