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Young Musicians Creative Forum


The Summit Music and Arts Young Composers Project is evolving into the Young Musicians Creative Forum. The Young Composers Project is a composition competition and concert of original music written and performed by young musicians and composers ages 10-18 residing in Summit and neighboring counties. The Young Musicians Creative Forum will encompass all young musicians, composers and songwriters.

The history of the competition began in 1995 as the Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition founded by Len Rhodes in response to many young musicians in Colorado seeking professional help and support with their original music. The reputation grew significantly and it was not long before PPYC received entries from throughout the State of Colorado. As the result of a National Public Radio broadcast, awareness of PPYC extended throughout the USA and abroad. In particular, conservatories with Junior Department’s encouraged their students to submit entries to the competition. These conservatories included The Juilliard School in New York, as well as both the Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory in Boston. Entries were also received from the UK, mainland Europe and the Far East. Compositions originating from the competition have since been performed on concert platforms throughout the world. PPYC offered workshops in composition, music theory, and music history. These workshops attracted young musicians from throughout the USA. The value of such workshops offered the opportunity for young musicians of “like mind” to interact with their peers.

Len shares his thoughts...“writing a piece of music is a deep, personal expression, very much along the lines of the visual artist. Sharing and performing their ‘creation’ with their peers and an audience places many demands, emotional and practical, on the young composer. The annual PPYC concerts simply provided a platform for new music to be heard; and performance experience for these young musicians.”  He reminds us that “...there is an incredible excitement about hearing a piece of music for the first time – for the composer, as well as the performers and the audience.”

"I really enjoyed the Young Composers concert last night. What a great opportunity and experience for those kids. I wasn't able to stay for the reception but wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it."
-- Megan Nuttelman, Program Officer, The Summit Foundation

"Len, thank you for hosting this opportunity for these young musicians. We appreciate all the time and hard work you put in."
-- Michelle Vargas

"I think the concert was amazing and it was a tremendous experience for Lily. Thank you for bringing the opportunity to the young musicians in our community."
-- Suzie Windsor

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