Northwest NEWS

May 13, 2002


Area students participating in Young Composers Workshop

Seattle Symphony musicians will perform chamber works written by nine pre-college-age composers, in a free performance Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Among the composers whose works will be performed are Krystal Barghelame of Woodinville Jeff Swingle of Lake Forest Park.
   Barghelame, 16, is a sophomore at the Overlake School in Redmond. Krystal has studied piano for over seven years and currently studies both piano and composition with Sharon Van Valin. In addition, she has attended the Academy of Music Northwest where she studied theory and ear training with Dr. James Paul and Dr. Dorothy Klotzman. This is her third year with the Young Composers Workshop. Krystal's compositions have won numerous local, state and national awards, including the 2001 national composition award from the Music Teachers National Association. Krystal enjoys many genres of music and currently plays keyboard for an alternative rock band.
   Her summer plans include studying composition and piano at the Interlochen Arts Camp. In addition to music, Krystal participates in many outdoor recreational sports and plays on the varsity teams at school in soccer, basketball and tennis. Krystal's future plans include the study of music and languages in college.
   Swingle is a sophomore at Shorecrest High School. He first got involved with music at the age of seven when he started piano lessons. Jeff joined the Northwest Boychoir when he was 8 and sang in the group for approximately five years. From there, he joined a group associated with the boychoir called Vocalpoint! Seattle, of which he is still a member. Jeff also plays the violin and began composing in his freshman year of high school.
   Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence Samuel Jones will host the performance, introducing each of the young composers and engaging them in informative discussions about their compositions before each piece is performed.
   As part of the Seattle Symphony Silk Road Project festival in May of 2002, Zhou Long, Seattle Symphony's Music Alive! Composer in Residence, will conduct a master class for the Young Composers Workshop participants May 15 as part of his involvement in the Seattle Symphony Silk Road Project festival. Dr. Zhou will work closely with guest conductor Jahja Ling and Symphony musicians in rehearsal of his work Two Poems from Tang, which will be performed May 16.
   The Music Alive! Composer in Residence program is supported by the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet The Composer. The national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their presentation of new music to the public and to build support for new music within their institutions.ΚΚΚ
   The Young Composers Workshop began in 1992 under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz and then-Composer in Residence Bright Sheng. The workshop involves students in the development of chamber music pieces, including all aspects of the composition process, from writing themes to orchestration and preparation of final score and parts.Κ
   Participants are selected for the workshop based on scores submitted. The Seattle Symphony Young Composers Workshop program is a project of the Seattle Symphony's Education & Community Programs Department. FREE general admission seating will begin 30 minutes prior to the May 19 performance.