VocalEssence announces the winners of its second annual ReMix mentorship, designed to foster the next generation of choral music composers. VocalEssence ReMix matches four emerging Minnesota composers with mentors for a six-month one-on-one partnership to help each composer complete two new, original choral pieces. These works will premiere at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Minneapolis in March 2017.

Following an open call last April, four winners were selected from 21 applicants who submitted examples of a musical work written for voice.

The 2016 VocalEssence ReMix mentees are:

  • Laura Caviani of Minneapolis, who holds a BA in composition from Lawrence University, and an MA in improvisation from The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. She has performed and recorded for more than 15 years and is currently on the faculty at both Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.
  • Brianna Drevlow of Thief River Falls, a 2016 graduate of Concordia College—Moorhead who holds a degree in theory and composition. She will begin a Masters of Music in composition at Bowling Green State University this fall.
  • Andrew Stermer of Montevideo, who holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz and studio music from Minnesota State University—Moorhead, and a master’s of music in studio jazz writing from Frost School of Music, University of Miami.
  • Jonathan Posthuma of Newport, who holds a BA in secondary music education from Dordt College, and a masters of music in composition from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

The composer mentors for the 2016-2017 ReMix mentorship are Libby Larsen, Carol Barnett, J. David Moore and Timothy Takach.

“Choral composition is a rich and unique, but rather niche discipline—so VocalEssence ReMix ensures connections for those just getting started to help them achieve success,” says G. Phillip Shoultz, III, associate conductor. “This mentorship gives composers a fantastic opportunity—and keeps the future of choral music bright for musicians and audiences alike.”

VocalEssence ReMix is a collaboration between VocalEssence, the American Composers Forum and ACDA-MN. It is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation.

Congratulations, All!


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