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Young Composers Festival

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Tucson Symphony musicians perform new works composed by students in the TSO Young Composers Project. These students are members of the intensive Advanced Class, ranging in age from 13 to 18, and are already experienced composers. They write several compositions throughout the year for small ensemble and work directly with TSO musicians, before composing their final project for a larger instrumentation of their choice.

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Fox Foster is 14 years old and is in 8th grade at BASIS Tucson North. This is his second year in the TSO Young Composers Project. He has played piano for 7 years and plays a little guitar. His piece is called Cloudripper. Cloudripper is the name of a mountain in the Sierra Nevada range and his musical piece is inspired by the journey of climbing a mountain.

Inez Smith (17) is a senior at Tanque Verde High School who has played piano for 12 years and clarinet for 9, and the 2020–2021 season is her first year in the Young Composers Project. Her piece is named Song of Lindsassy after a very close, very sassy friend of hers joked that they wanted a theme song. Inez has performed with Tanque Verde’s marching and concert bands for all four years that she’s attended for high school.

Jonas Blackketter (15) is a homeschooling sophomore who has studied classical piano for 9 years, performing in multiple competitions. Jonas also enjoys playing guitar and has played on the Young Artist Stage at the Tucson Folk Festival twice, as well as gigs accompanying musicals and playing at weddings and funerals. His final project, 3 Sculptures for chamber ensemble, is the result of this year’s class, his second year in the Young Composers Project. This past year he has enjoyed pursuing distance running for Palo Verde Magnet High School.

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