2024 Young Composers Commission Competition Winners
Tyler Faulkner, b. 2000, was born in Lakeland, Florida. In 5th Grade, they studied their first instrument, Cello which continues to inspire their works. They began composing in their sophomore year of Highschool. In the summer of 2023, they attended the Neif-Norf music festival at the University of Tennessee. While at Neif-Norf, they composed two pieces one of which was performed by the renowned pianist Vicky Chow of Bang on a Can. They describe their music as an expression of pantonal idioms. They currently study piano performance under Dr. Eunmi Ko at the University of South Florida.
Frazar Henry is an 18-year old composer/pianist, who synthesizes strong narratives (from classical to speculative to philosophical) with contemporary sensibilities in compellingly modern music. His works have been described as rich, haunting and—sometimes—humorous.
Frazar’s music has been played across the country—from Portland Oregon’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony to Florida’s Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. He also composes solo repertoire for himself and diverse instrumentalists. Frazar delights in working with intrepid young musicians and relishes opportunities to compose for—and with—chamber groups and emerging artists who are thrilled to engage with the unknown.
Frazar’s been honored with numerous awards for his work, most notably winner of the ASCAP Foundation 2018 and 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. He recently received 1st Place in the 2022-23 Webster University Young Composer Competition, earning 2nd Place the previous two years.
Jordan Jones (b. 2003) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Orlando, FL. She
is currently attending the University of Central Florida earning her bachelor’s degree in
music composition and minor in women’s and gender studies. Jones has studied with
Hannah Sun, Sun-A Park, and Alex Burtzos. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in
music composition. Jones attended the Longy School of Music’s Divergent Studio in
Summer 2023 and is currently participating in the Contemporary Art Music Project’s
CAMPGround23. Jones’ musical choices are guided by elements of storytelling and
influences from various genres of music, including but not limited to jazz, neo-soul,
video game music, and 20th Century classical music. In her free time, Jones likes to play a
variety of video games and learn interesting facts about anything that sounds exciting.
Indigo Knecht is a composer fascinated with the challenges people face as they navigate this
world. Their music explores themes related to emotional turmoil, mental illness, and
self-realization. Indigo’s pitch material focuses strongly on the use of set theoretical methods,
employing chromaticism and dissonance to convey musical ideas. Indigo has a BM in Music
Composition from Bowling Green State University and a MM in Composition from University of
Michigan. Indigo is currently pursuing a DMA in Composition from University of Miami. They
have studied with Mikel Kuehn, Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, Kristin Kuster, Roshanne
Etezady, Lansing McLoskey, and Dorothy Hindman.
Emelia Ulrich is a recent graduate of the University of Florida, holding degrees in Music Composition and Music Education, completing her composition studies with Drs Scott Lee, Tina Tallon, and Paul Richards. Emelia has recently been chosen as selected composer for the CAMPGround Young Composers Competition and the Composition Workshop for the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Recent collaborating groups include The Blank Experiment who premiered her work “Sundown, Green Flash, Evanescent” for reed quartet in October 2022 and performed it again in September 2023 at New Music Chicago’s “Impromptu Fest,” and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra who read her work “Lethologica” for orchestra in a collaboration with the UF composition studio. Also an active violinist, Emelia studied violin at UF with Dr Janna Lower, and regularly performs with the Gainesville Orchestra and Ocala Symphony. Emelia has also participated as a violinist in the National Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Vienna Summer Music Festival, and most recently the Brevard Music Center Festival, also working with their new music ensemble as a performer.
CAMP Young Composers Commissioning Project Concert
February 24th, 2024, 12p
Ybor City Museum State Park
1818 E 9th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Join us as we celebrate the premieres of new pieces by the CAMP Young Composer Commissioning Project winners, in collaboration with Tampa Bay teen poetry society Heard ‘Em Say.