New Music at the Movies

Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Music-COMP and Green Mountain Film Festival present brand-new orchestral compositions as live soundtracks to the movies The Metropolis, LaGlu, and Prince Achmed Acts IV and V.

The orchestra is wholeheartedly committed to an annual student outreach project, and this spring we will support the development of high school composition students, by performing new composition works as part of the Green Mountain Film Festival. Students are currently working with the mentoring program, Music-COMP (Music Composition Mentoring Program), a non-profit organization supporting young composers in schools and organizations across Vermont. As each student creates an original piece of music, they are paired with a professional composer as their mentor to receive guidance and support. Many former Music-COMP students have pursued careers as composers, musicians and educators in addition to winning regional and national awards for their work.


In this performance, the orchestra will premiere three new pieces to accompany film screenings - two by students and one by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen. Mr. Nielsen has composed for the silent film, Prince Achmed.


The following is information about the student composers:


Drew Frankenberg is a 9th-grade student from West Rutland. He is writing a score to a portion of The Metropolis. Drew writes of himself: “My name is Drew Frankenberg. I am a freshman homeschool student who participates in the West Rutland music program. I started composing when I was in sixth grade. My first true composition was selected by the Music COMP to be performed live by professional musicians in the Opus 32. I play clarinet, piano, saxophone, guitar, ukulele and am learning flute. I am honored to be selected for this project, and am very thankful to all of my music teachers, especially to Erik Nielsen and Matt LaRocca for giving me this amazing opportunity. Other than music I enjoy soccer, skiing, rock climbing, biking, and karate.”


Anna Halladay is a high school senior from Burlington and she will be creating a score to La Glu. Anna Halladay writes of herself: “My name is Anna Halladay, and I am a senior at Burlington High School. I play cello in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, as well as bass guitar in my school's jazz band. During my free time, I enjoy swimming, softball, and hiking with my dog, Lucy. I have participated in the Music-COMP online mentoring program since 5th grade, and I'm excited to present my first film score!”