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The New York State High School Choral Composition Competition

by Harold Rosenbaum


The New York State High School Choral Composition Competition is a new arts and education program that we hope will have a significant impact on young musicians throughout New York State. For over twenty years, Dr. Harold Rosenbaum has shared his conducting skill and passion for contemporary choral music as an active educator. After having recently become Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he directed the choirs and headed the graduate program in choral conducting, Dr. Rosenbaum continues to support and mentor aspiring composers and conductors. This program is a natural extension of his passion for bringing together musical creators from diverse backgrounds and skill levels and helping them master their talents. With assistance from the New York State Student Music Association (NYSSMA), Dr. Harold Rosenbaum's nonprofit organization, Canticorum Virtuosi, Inc. will promote and execute this unique program to ensure that all high school choral teachers in the state, along with their talented students, will have the opportunity to participate. Our plan is to initiate the program this fall.

The ultimate goal of this program is to assist young musicians in the creation of choral works to be performed annually in a public concert in New York City. By working with students at the high school level, we hope to provide a level of knowledge and support that would otherwise be unavailable outside of a college setting. For those students attending a high school where programs like these do not exist, this program may afford them the opportunity to pursue a passion that would be out of their reach otherwise.

Dr. Rosenbaum will provide online resources to help students who have already begun trying their hand at composing and will work with their teachers to guide and assist them in the creation of a choral work. Ten composers will be chosen annually to receive mentorship by Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, either in person or by Skype. Each of these composers will be awarded a cash prize and have their work performed live in New York City by the all-professional choir The New York Virtuoso Singers with Dr. Harold Rosenbaum conducting himself. An archival recoring of the performance will be provided to the composers, and their achievements will be promoted widely.

Each year we produce concerts with the generous assistance of state and city agencies, along with foundation and individual support, but this project far exceeds our usual budget. For this expansive and far-reaching endeavor, we will need to raise additional funding to cover the composer prizes, hall rentals, additional staff, and other administrative expenses. Should we surpass our funding goal, we will be able to select additional students for personal mentorship and offer them all greater compensation for their achievements. Rest assured that your donation will used to help young people recognize and cultivate their gifts, and to brighten their lives and their future. We thank you in advance for your generous support.

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