Student Composers Workshop

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Workshop Details
Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 | 6:00pm
Location: Gruss Hall, Austin Arts Center, Trinity College

In Fall 2018, three students ranging  from high school through graduate school were selected to participate in the Women Composers Festival of Hartford’s redesigned student workshop.  Over the winter, the students attended in-person sessions with workshop leader Dr. Jessica Rudman and received online mentoring as they composed new pieces for the 2019 WCFH Ensemble-in-Residence, The Nouveau Classical Project.

During the session, The Nouveau Classical Project will workshop the pieces, offer advice on idiomatic compositional techniques, as well as what attracts them to a new work.

This year’s student composers are:
Emily DeNucci
Jill Moran


Emily DeNucci, age 12, has studied composition with Dr. Jessica Rudman at the Hartt School Community Division (HCD) for two years. Her works have been played by members of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. Through HCD, Emily also studies flute with Greig Shearer, is principal flute for Philharmonia Winds (large wind ensemble), plays in a flute/classical guitar chamber duo, and takes a music theory class. Emily also enjoys playing piano, and sings in the seventh grade chorus at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School in Somers, Connecticut.

Playing With Fire by Emily DeNucci is a piece for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. This piece is in modified sonata form. Two themes are introduced in the beginning, developed in the middle, and restated in the end. The title is based on two different ideas. In the beginning, the musicians are instructed to play “Allegro con fuoco” – “Fast with fire,” thus the title, Playing With Fire.Also, the piece represents the changing nature of fire, whether it is a roaring blaze, a crackling fire, or just glowing embers.