Karen Power wins first prize in a US composition competition

Karen Power

Karen Power’s work, pink fluffy alarmetts still sound, was selected as the winning work by the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, USA composition competition. The work was chosen from among dozens of international entries by a blind jury and will be performed in March as part of the festival.

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford has, for the last eleven years, provided an educational and entertaining platform for the promotion of women’s music. Recognised as a champion of womenʼs music by institutions such as Meet the Composer and the International Alliance for Women in Music, the festival aims to broaden people’s understanding of musical literature and women’s contributions to this field through performance.

Karen Power’s pink fluffy alarmetts still sound was originally written for the new music group Alarm Will Sound in 2010 while working as a composer fellow at the Madness and Music Festival at UC Davis, California. Karen writes about the work and planned performance:

The work is for large ensemble and plays the notion of performance a bit with even the conductor being asked to sing! There is a nice little surprise at the end of the piece, which was really written knowing the character of Alarm Will Sound. Having spoke to the conductor of Curiosity Chamber Ensemble I think they’ll be well up for the challenge too!

The winning work will be performed by the NYC-based Curiosity Chamber Ensemble on Friday, 9 March 2012 at Central Connecticut State University at 7pm.

Further details on the festival are available from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford’s web site.

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