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). Students in these regions are invited to compete in Minnesota Varsity as performers or as composers. ACF is proud to co-present this annual program, which provides student composers with workshop, mentoring, and performance opportunities. Each autumn student composers (ages 14-18 and grades 9-12) are invited to submit one original score (3-7 minutes in length) for the selected instrumentation. From all the submissions five students are selected to participate in a February 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.

Congratulations to Nicholas Christenson “The Burnt Offerings (and the Peace Offerings)” for cello & piano, and Sam Hanson “Ironic Contrasts” for cello, trumpet, and piano, Showcase Composers on the April 30, 2017 concert held at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul. Sincere thanks to this year’s composer mentor, Carol Barnett, and to the outstanding performing trio: Carson Rose Schneider, piano; Roque Diaz, trumpet; and Ben Osterhouse, cello. Stream the concert and read more details at http://www.classicalmpr.org/topic/minnesota-varsity.

Guidelines & application are available at http://www.classicalmpr.org/topic/minnesota-varsity.

Seamus Flynn
Seamus Flynn
Austin Kraft
Austin Kraft
Louisa Byron
Louisa Byron
Ava Huebner
Ava Huebner
John Kuntz
John Kuntz
Riona Ryan
Riona Ryan
Grant Luhmann
Grant Luhmann