There’s an enticing headline on the homepage of the Vermont College of Fine Arts: “7 Reasons Why Our MFA in Music Composition Will Blow Your Mind.” Click on it, though, and there’s another step: The seven reasons are in a downloadable guide. This week, there are opportunities to assess whether the music coming out of the college is itself mind-blowing. One of them is in New York City — Saint Peter’s Church, to be exact.
The VCFA Composers’ Concert will showcase electro/acoustic works by both faculty and students in the MFA program, under the auspices of the PRISM Project — a New York-based nonprofit devoted to the development and performance of new music.
VCFA’s low-residency master’s in music composition offers five different tracks: film, TV and game scoring; contemporary composition; electronic music; songwriting; and jazz. It’s one of the first such programs in the country, and the students’ Montpelier residency just happens to be this week. Which means there are unique events closer to home than NYC, free and open to the public: a Songwriters’ Showcase on Wednesday, Film Music Festival Thursday, Jazz Octet Friday and Electronic Music Café on Saturday. Hear, hear.
VCFA Composers’ Concert: Sunday, February 17, 7 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York City. For more information about this concert and the MFA in Music Composition Winter 2013 Residency events, call 828-8534. vcfa.edu/music-comp