Five Colchester School District students composed and submitted pieces through Music-COMP, an online program that provides professional mentoring support to student composers. Four of these students will have their original pieces performed by professional musicians at an upcoming concert on April 30 at 6:30 pm.

Music-COMP, formerly known as the Vermont Midi project, is made up of a network of professional composers who review the work submitted by Vermont students in grades 3 through 12 and work with them over several months to refine their pieces. The culmination of the process is a concert in which a handful of student-submitted pieces are selected to be performed by professional musicians.

The following Colchester School District students composed pieces this year through Music-COMP: CHS senior Kristian Labrie; and, CMS students Aiyana Baldasty, Isabell Bledsoe, Jennifer Martel, and Tyler Ryan.

Over 100 pieces were submitted from students throughout the state and 22 pieces were selected to be performed by professional musicians at the upcoming concert, Opus 33, at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester on Monday, April 30 at 6:30 pm. The Colchester student compositions selected to be performed at the concert are: Rain by Aiyana Baldasty; Stress by Isabella Bledsoe; Let Our Colors Shine by Jennifer Martel; and, Where But for Polyrhythms Would I Be? by Kristian Labrie.

“We were thrilled to have a student accepted into Music-COMP,” said CHS Band Director Evan Peltier. “Kristian was the first CHS student in a long time to participate…This is such a great program for enriching a student’s overall music education.”

“It was so wonderful to have four of my students participate in this program,” said CMS Music Teacher Bridgette Tozzi. “They all worked so hard on their pieces and I’m very proud of them…and what a thrill to have their pieces performed by professional musicians.”

The April 30 concert is free and open to the public.