October 13, 2015 Stockton, CA – Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) recently announced the winner of its 2015 Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship for high school students as W. Alyssa Deocampo of Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy in Stockton, CA. Ms. Deocampo will receive 5 hours of mentoring sessions with a professional composer and the experience will culminate in a professional ensemble performance of a musical piece she develops during her mentorship.
The award commemorates Victor Salvo, a much-admired Aspire school Sacramento-area music teacher and member of the CSIC Board of Directors, who passed away in 2014. The annual scholarship was created shortly thereafter from initial generous funding by Mr. Salvo’s family and friends. Sacramento-area high school students who submit original compositions demonstrating a unique musical voice and potential to benefit from professional composition mentorship are encouraged to compete. Ms. Deocampo’s musical composition submission, entitled “Escape” secured her place as the first recipient of this annual award. Steve Horowitz, CSIC board member and chair of the Scholarship Committee, says “Wenny’s score shows so much promise, passion and talent. Her love of music and composition is evident from the video she submitted in the application and looking at the score. I am looking forward to seeing her growth as a result of her time in the program.”
The 2016 awarding period has not yet opened, but check back to Composers and Schools in Concert at www.composersandschools.com for competition details and to learn more about the organization and its work pairing professional composers with high school music programs, and to follow Ms. Deocampo’s musical composition progress and eventual finished piece.
WHO: W. Alyssa Deocampo
WHEN: October 2015 through June 2016
WHERE: Stockton, Ca
Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) is a nationwide nonprofit organization based out of Santa Cruz, California. Led by Executive Director Lisa Oman, it is the only organization in the United States dedicated to providing high school students with an educational experience in the professional field of music composition through composer commissions, workshops, and a contemporary score library for young performers.