NCVS Composer Competition


The 2019 winning composition is “Out of Mud”, by Denise Ondishko. It is inspired by the Buddhist concept of recognizing that the lovely lotus flower grows out of the mud but is never muddy.  Dede hopes all performers and listeners experience the fulfillment of beauty, joy and happiness. 
Denise (Dede) Ondishko, Ph.D. is an American composer who writes across a wide variety of genres, including orchestra, wind ensemble, mixed choir, solo voice, and works for saxophone with computer-synthesized tape. Ondishko began composing at the age of 14 at The Walden School and went on to receive degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University (BFA) and Eastman School of Music (MM, PhD). She studied with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Barbara Kolb, Allan Schindler, Paul Dvorak, Leonardo Balada and H. David Hogan. Ondishko is now retired and living with her husband in Palm Springs, California where she is able to devote herself to writing music.

The NCVS sought and received original composition submissions for the Young Violists Competition finalists (high school age or younger). A winner was chosen to be performed on March 10, 2019 as part of the competition finals requirements. The Composer Competition will return in Fall 2019. Join us in San Francisco at the Capp Street branch of the SF Community Music Center, Sunday March 10, 2pm for the finals.

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