Congrats to Boynton Young Composers Fall 2020

Hello (Former) Boynton Young Composers!

I have some excellent news to share with you all! Some of you know this already, but in case you missed it, here it is….

Many of you had submitted your compositions to NYSSMA for adjudication and also consideration for inclusion in the 22nd Annual Young Composer & Songwriters Honors Concert at the NYSSMA Winter Festival.

Well the results are in, and a big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Ezri Rubenstein-Miller whose composition Waltz in D minor for mixed chamber ensemble was selected as a winner for the honors concert! This year, the concert will be happening virtually with all the compositions being pre-recorded. When the concert viewing information is available, I will share that with you all.

Another huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Aliza Proulx and Charile Shanton whose compositions The Sunrise and The Heist (respectively) were selected for Honorable Mention.

Typically, there are 200 (or more) compositions submitted each year by students across NY State. It’s an incredible honor to be selected or recognized and this year Ithaca had 3 students who earned that privilege. Off the top of my head, this marks the 6th time in the last 7 years that a Boynton student has had their piece selected for inclusion in the NYSSMA Young Composers’ Honors Concert, and the 7th consecutive year that a Boynton student has received at least Honorable Mention. You folks are amazing!

Those of you who submitted your scores to NYSSMA will be receiving written adjudications from the Composition Committee by email in the next few weeks.

Emily DiAngelo, founder of Ithaca New Music Collective, is thrilled with this news and equally thrilled with what a great job you all did with your compositions and your collaboration with the INMC composition instructors. She enthusiastically extends her congratulations! We want you to know that INMC is still committed to performing/recording all of your pieces, but things are understandably still on pause at the moment. We will reach out to you as soon as we are able to proceed safely.

Mark Lewis, Boynton Orchestra