Hopkins seniors participate in Junior Composers Institute


By Katryn - Posted on 21 August 2010

Hopkins Public Schools - News/August 5, 2010

Two Hopkins seniors—Cody Bursch and Benjamin Peterson—participated in this summer's prestigious Junior Composers Institute (JCI) at the University of Minnesota.

At the rigorous Junior Composers Institute, students receive composition tutorials, learn about music theory, and get ear-training instruction. Every student works with advanced music notation software, composes at least one work from conception, sketch, notation, revision, and rehearsal, to performance, and participates in at last one premiere.

Benjamin is a talented musician who won the Minnesota Music Teachers Association composition contest three years in a row. He attended the JCI for five years-one of the highlights of his summer. He will be attending the University of Minnesota this fall full-time under the state's post secondary education options.

Cody, an accomplished composer and thespian, worked on an original score for a silent film at this summer's Junior Composers Institute. Cody received a scholarship to attend the Junior Composers Institute after winning first prize in the Junior Composers Contest administered by the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs last spring. He later earned second place in the regional contest, and his piece was submitted for national consideration. Cody's award-winning piece, "Time" was written for chamber orchestra.

Cody wrote the music for Hopkins High School Royal Productions' "Twelfth Night" last spring, and will be composing more music for this year's Royal Productions shows.

For additional information about the Junior Composers Institute and its silent film project, including a quote from Cody, visit Minnesota Public Radio's website.

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