Alcyon Announces Inaugural Composition Contest Winner


WINCHESTER, MA – May 20, 2011

The Alcyon Chamber Ensemble Announces Inaugural Composition Contest Winner

At its May 15th concert performance at Winchester’s Parish of the Epiphany,
the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble announced that Sid Richardson’s composition
was the winning entry for this year’s contest.

The piece by Sid Richardson is called “Après La Transfiguration de La
Nuit” and is scored for Clarinet, Horn, String Trio, and Piano. Sid
is a Belmont native and a recent graduate of Tufts University where he
studied with John McDonald. He plays the bass.

“We are very excited to perform this piece next season,” stated
Shannon Snapp, who is the Artistic Director of this performing ensemble.

Applications were received from Sweden, the United Kingdom and
the United States.

About the Contest

The goals of this exciting opportunity are three fold, namely:

* to nurture and inspire young composers;
* to encourage the composition of new chamber works; and
* to provide community access for new works of art to be heard

This competition will be open to applicants who are under 25 years of age. Each applicant may submit one composition of 5 minutes to 15 minutes in length. The composition shall consist of any combination of instruments played by the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble (violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn, piano) and be scored for between 5 to 7 instruments. (The specific scoring requirements may change from year to year, so please check back often for updates).

Application deadline is March 1st of each year. Winner to be announced in the Spring.

The winning composition will be performed and recorded by the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble during the following concert season.
For more information about the composition contest, please read here.

About Alcyon

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble is to foster the appreciation of chamber music,
especially in young people. We are committed to bringing chamber music to public and private schools,
communities and institutions through concerts, residencies, classes, workshops, and private lessons.
Our ideal venue is intimate and interactive. Our instrumentation (string quartet, bass, clarinet, horn and piano)
gives rise to creative programming. Our goal is to engage the audience in lively music-making. All members of
the ensemble are committed teachers as well, and one of our target audiences is young children who are ready
to study an instrument.

Shannon Snapp, Artistic Director
Alcyon chamber Ensemble, Inc.
+1 781-721-7725