Students’ music to take center stage at Ludlow concert; auditions for Blanche Moyse Chorale

Erik Heitsmith, grade 5 and Rosie Saccardo, grade 6

Ludlow Elementary School fifth graders Erik Heitsmith and Rosie Saccardo


Three area students have been selected to join 21 other Vermont students at OPUS 28, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St., in Ludlow as classical musicians play their original compositions. The area students honored are Erik Heitsmith, grade 5, and Rosie Saccardo, grade 5, both from Ludlow Elementary School, and Abby Crowley, grade 6, from Mt. Holly Elementary School.

The students, with the help of music teacher Constance Wilcox and the on-line musical composition computer programs ‘Inside Music’ and ‘Noteflight,’ created their own compositions. They were then submitted to Music-COMP. About 24 of these compositions were selected for the April 30 concert in Ludlow. Professional classical musicians, including some members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, will play the compositions.

The OPUS program is run by Music-COMP, an Essex Junction, Vt.,-based organization that serves more than 7,000 students each year encouraging exploration of music composition in classrooms and at home. Music-COMP hosts two live concerts each year; a winter event featuring brass, percussion, piano and voice, and another concert in the spring featuring strings and woodwinds. Throughout the year, the work of individual students is featured in numerous other concerts in collaboration with other performing organizations, such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Champlain Philharmonic and Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.

For information, visit Music-Comp’s website at

Blanche Moyse Chorale auditions

The Blanche Moyse Chorale, an affiliate of the Brattleboro Music Center, is now scheduling auditions for new members in all vocal sections. Potential auditioners should be experienced in choral singing, capable of learning music independently, and not intimidated by foreign languages.

The chorale, founded in 1978, is a chamber chorus of about 30 voices who strive to attain the high level of musical artistry exemplified by its original director, Blanche Moyse. Although based in the Brattleboro,  the chorale includes singers from the wider tri-state region and beyond. Weekly rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings at the Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney.

A performance of J. S. Bach’s Motets: Nos. 1, 3, 4, and 5 is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend. Rehearsals for this project begin on Sunday, May 11.

For information, interested singers should contact chorale representative Calvin Farwell at 802-257-0496 or before Saturday, May 3.

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