Prairie College instructor makes top nine in composition competition

Prairie College’s Music and Songwriting Instructor Denis Nassar-Baptista performs on the piano. ECA Review/Submitted
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Denis Nassar-Baptista, Prairie College’s Music and Songwriting Instructor, was one of the top nine composers honoured in a national Composition Competition by the Orchestre Métropolitain based in Montreal.

The composition competition is in honour of the legacy of Beethoven.

Nassar-Baptista shared the basis of his approach to the composition he submitted saying, “I’m very thankful to God for being among the top nine composers in a major national competition. 

“It was also something special to get there with an orchestral piece based on bird calls that I transcribed from birds here in Three Hills.”

Since its founding in 1981, the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) has championed Canadian artists through its programming, whether it be its instrumentalists, composers, singers or conductors.

With this in mind, the OM hopes to combine its commitment to emerging Canadian talent and the creative process by launching its first-ever composition competition.

As part of the numerous special activities surrounding its 40th season, the Orchestre Métropolitain invited Canadian composers to submit a proposal of original work for an orchestra of a finished duration of five to six minutes.

The top four works were selected and will be performed by the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Each selected work will be included in one of four concerts of the Beethoven Marathon, which closes the OM’s 20-21 season with a performance of each of Beethoven’s nine symphonies.

Francis Battah, Marie-Pierre Brasset, Cristina García Islas and Nicholas Ryan were selected as the top four choices with Maggie Ayotte, Alexander Blank, Patrick Giguère, Dominique Lafortune and Denis Nassar-Baptista as the five honourable mentions.

 

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