Winner of composer competition named
The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers announced the winner of the second annual Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company Prize in Choral Composition. The winning selection, “Songs of Crystal,” was written by Caroline Mallonee, a full-time composer from Buffalo, New York. The composer-in-residence for the Buffalo Chamber Players, she took up the piano and violin at age 5 and studied at the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Department in Baltimore. The title for her winning composition came about when the Vocalis Chamber Choir commissioned Mallonee to write a piece for its 15th anniversary. She reported: “The traditional gift for a fifteenth anniversary is crystal, and so for this commission I sought poems with that idea in mind. I found four poems by Sara Teasdale that spoke to that idea and created a set that explores each of the four seasons.” Mallonee’s composition will share the program at the Mastersingers’ concerts on April 3 and 5, “Celebrating Beethoven.” Made possible by the sponsorship of the Trust Company, over 70 entries were received from across the country. For more information, visit online at www.mastersingersfm.com.