More than 3,000 Canadians cast their vote
LONDON, ON, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Conservatory Canada is delighted to
announce the winner of its first annual Creative Composer competition.
In an online pole that attracted more than 3,000 votes from across
Canada, Venessa Lachance's composition "Rose" beat out five other
finalists to take home first place. The Hearst, Ontario native wins a
$500 gift certificate from Long & McQuade and will have her composition
published in a new Mayfair Music Publications Inc. repertoire book.
Garrett Krause from Calgary AB came in second with a work entitled
"Nautical Voyage", while "Last Fish in the Tank" by Vancouver BC's
Dasha Duquette came in a close third. They take home Long & McQuade
gift certificates for $300 and $200 respectively, and their works will
also be published.
"I have never studied composition, but I will take classes as soon as I
can," says 18-year-old Lachance, who is in her first year of music at
the University of Ottawa. "My dream is to be a movie music composer."
Lachance says she entered the competition in order to receive feedback
from the four Conservatory Canada judges, Bob Bruer, Jason White, Jamie
Hillman, and Peter Jancewicz. Each of the original 80 entrants will
receive a written critique of their work.
Lachance composed "Rose" when she was just 15 years old. "I remember
thinking about flowers, marriage and love," the pianist and singer
says. "I was trying to write a bridal song, but it didn't quite end up
like that!" Entering the contest forced her to commit her musical ideas
to paper, she adds.
Delighted by her win, Lachance says she is grateful for the support of
everybody who listened to the final six compositions and cast their
vote. "It's not every day that a young composer has the opportunity to
present what they can do to a larger public. Now I just can't wait to
write my new pieces."
Details of the second annual Creative Composer's Competition will be
announced this spring.
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