It will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. at the 10th Ward cultural hall, 420 South 800 East, Salt Lake City.
This unique concert, open to the public free of charge, will include compositions by Jackie Child, Dale W. Clark and Raymond Cook, Bountiful; Mike Murphy, West Bountiful; Andrea Child and Ruth Gatrell, Farmington; Spencer Saxey, Clearfield; and Amanda Valentine, Clinton.
Jackie Child will play “Mother’s First Touch,” one of two of her compositions winning honorable mention in the jazz/new age category. “Rondo” by Dale W. Clark, won honorable mention in keyboard and Ray Cook’s “Be Still My Soul” for quartet, was awarded honorable mention in arrangements.
Two of Mike Murphy’s CDs were winners in popular. He will be performing the title song of his first prize CD “Standing at a Crossroad.” Young Composer Andrea Child will play her “Once Upon a Time,” which was awarded second prize and best of age group B(13-15). Carolee Eriksson will be playing Ruth Gatrell’s “Three Preludes for Piano,” awarded third prize and Utah Best of Keyboard.
She will also accompany the Ruth Gatrell Singers on “Work, Work, Work,” one of two honorable mention winners in choral. Ruth also received awards for popular and vocal solo entries.
Ten-year-old Spencer Saxey is the youngest performer on the concert as well as the youngest winner in the contest.
He will play “Bagpiper’s March,” which was awarded honorable mention as well as Best of Age Group C(10-12) in the Young Composers Category. Amanda Valentine will display her piano prowess as she plays “The Search for Hope,” also awarded honorable mention in Young Composer.
Other composers performing include Marie Nelson Bennett, Susan Goodfellow, Mel Hall and Brian Jackson Fetzer.
Deadline for the 2009 International Annual Composers Guild Composition Contest is Aug. 31. Anyone can enter. There are ten categories: arrangement, music for children, choral, instrumental, jazz/new age, keyboard, orchestra/band, popular, vocal solo, and a special category for young composers, 18 or under by Aug. 31.
A grand prize of $500 is awarded for the best composition, either a major work or a short composition (less than seven minutes), with a certificate of excellence for the best composition of the length not awarded the grand prize.
Each category has a first prize (except the grand prize) of $100, second prize of $50, third prize, $25 and honorable mention awards.
For entry forms write Contest, P.O. Box 586, Farmington, UT 84025 or call Ruth Gatrell at 801-451-2275.
Entry fees are $15 for short compositions and $20 for major works.
If paying annual membership dues of $25, entry fees are $5 and $10.
Each entry receives written comments from the judge, making this an educational experience.
Composers Guild also sponsors classes, workshops and other concerts to further composers skills and exposure.