Presenting the 2nd Annual

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Young Composers Initiative

The composition panel consists of:

Michael Gandolfi (New England Conservatory), Andy Vores (Boston Conservatory), D.J. Sparr (Walden School), Richard Beaudoin (Harvard University), and Arnold Friedman (Berklee College of Music).

The five selected composers are:

Andrew Harlan “Amplification;decay” (Berklee College of Music)
Douglas Friedman “A Consequence of Flight” (Walden School)
Victor Kong “White Funeral” (Boston Conservatory)
Sam Wu “Homecoming Shanghai, 2075” (Harvard University)
Danielle Galler Rabinowitz “Rappaccini’s Daughter” (New England Conservatory)

The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) presents a reading and recording session of five young composers selected from the New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, the Walden School, and Harvard University.

Saturday, March 21st


Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

41 Berkeley Street in Boston’s South End

Free and open to the public

Each composer will introduce their work to the orchestra, and have the work rehearsed and recorded by the BPYO. Players have the parts two weeks prior to the reading to ensure preparation, and each composer is given 35 minutes with the orchestra to allow for both an expert, nearly professional-level reading and to enable time for experimentation. The event will be hosted and conducted by 2014-15 Zander Fellow James Blachly.

Composers from Harvard University, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory have been selected, along with a national competition selected by the Walden School, a summer composition program based in New Hampshire.

The chairs of each department will be present to serve as an advisory panel during the session, and both students and faculty will gather following the session for a round-table discussion about orchestral composition.

The selected composers were chosen from a large pool of applicants. Each school determined their own selection process, and the final composers were selected by the Boston Philharmonic.