Young Master Composers Celebration and Welcome to Classical Music

Young Master Composers Celebration 2018

The Young Master Composers Celebration – Rules and Entry Form 2018 is here!

To view the guidelines, please click here.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, March 30 at 4pm to the Arts Council’s office  (5009 Highway 140 (Upstairs at Chocolate Soup).

This year’s winning entries will be announced at the MSO’s 2018 Spring (April 14 and 15) concerts in Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. Winners will be also announced to the media and will be posted on the Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc’s website.

The Young Master Composer Celebration is an annual competition in which Mariposa County residents ages 8 – 18 are challenged by the MSO’s Founding Music Director/Conductor Les Marsden to compose their very own “classical” music. One winning young composer is selected in each of three age categories and those three Mariposans will each be awarded $50 and the opportunity to hear their own music performed live, in concert by the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, which now numbers over 60 musicians.

The “Young Master Composers Celebration” educates by doing: the contest’s guidelines explain Sonata Form, the most basic, most important form of “serious” or “art” music. Following this simple outline makes it easy for students with a basic understanding of music reading to attempt their very own “classical” masterpiece. Marsden’s goal is not only to engage Mariposa County youth in the world of classical music by making it very accessible, clear and enjoyable, but to educate at the same time. Marsden adjudicates all entries and selects those which best meet the criteria for each year’s contest. He then orchestrates the winning compositions, which will be performed by the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra.


Former Programming:

Welcome to Classical Music

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In “Welcome to Classical Music”, a former program, Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Founding Music Director/Conductor Les Marsden visited every campus in Mariposa County, including schools of the Mariposa County Unified School District, charter schools, and homeschools. Marsden offered a brand-new focus on classical music each year, introducing students or every age to classical music, music theory, and prominent composers.  In past years, Marsden brought distinguished visiting guest artists to Mariposa school campuses whenever possible.  Students were able to experience such accomplished soloists as Violinist Lewis Wong (NY), Trombonist Thomas Ashworth (MN) and Saxophonist Lawrence Gwozdz (MS).   Marsden was eager to present actual ensembles of musicians so students could not only see and hear various instruments, but also experience the interchange and cooperation of musicians played together as an ensemble.