Hearst's Venessa Lachance wins Creative Composer's competition

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.

About Conservatory Canada
Conservatory Canada is a national charitable organization that focuses on advancing the Performing Arts through music education. With roots dating back to 1891, our accredited centre of excellence promotes musical achievement through a comprehensive program of study, evaluation and recognition for students and teachers in every region of Canada.

SOURCE Conservatory Canada

For further information:

Victoria Warwick, Conservatory Canada National Executive Director,
victoria@conservatorycanada.ca, 519.433.3147
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