I Would Not Paint a Picture

March 29 | 7:30 pm | The Lyceum

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Join us for an intimate conversation with Words&Music and the winning composers of our composition competition, discussing and premiering their new settings of the Emily Dickinson poem, I Would Not Paint a Picture. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Venue

The Lyceum
201 S. Washington St. Alexandria, VA

Our winning composers will be in attendance at this intimate musical conversation. Join us as we premiere their winning settings of this great American poem.

1st Place: Griffin Candey

A Michigan native, Griffin Candey (b. 1988) is a composer dutifully focused on creating compelling and communicative works for the voice and the stage. A graduate of both Michigan State University (BM, ‘07) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BM, ‘13) in vocal performance, his formative experiences were in the field of opera performance, performing a myriad of roles in both classic and entirely new operas. He aims to bring practicality, sustainability, and intimacy with the audience back into the repertoire of theatrical compositions – both to his own, and to those of others. He currently lives in an attic in central Illinois with his costume-designing girlfriend and a one-eyed cat. Maurice Ravel is his spirit animal.

2nd Place: Amanda Jacobs

AMANDA JACOBS grew up in Macon, Georgia and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Wesleyan College. Although trained as a pianist, Ms. Jacobs now works and creates in three artistic disciplines: Music, Theater and the Visual Arts. She is also an Educational Psychologist and currently writing a dissertation about the learning environments of Musical Theatre productions. Throughout the pursuit of her PhD, she has concentrated her studies on the importance of the Arts in human development.

As a composer/playwright, she is most recognized for her award-winning work on “Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical”, which swept the New York Musical Theater Awards in 2011, and included the coveted “Stage Entertainment Award”, and “Most Promising Musical” award. Recently, the Jane Austen Society of North America named her as their 2014 representative for their International Visitors Program to the UK, where she will compose liturgy for Anglican worship utilizing the three prayers of Jane Austen.

In addition to these successes, Ms. Jacobs has won numerous awards, including 1st Prize from the Long Island Arts Council (2009), the Marin Lutheran Church Competition (2009), Celebrating Grace (2009), NATS (2001), as well as international recognition for her “Mass for the Living” from the Sacred Arts Foundation (2010).

As an artist educator, Ms. Jacobs gives workshops and presentations about the Arts. Her workshops utilize arts-based activities to address psycho-social issues of children and adolescents. Jacobs brings evidence from the scientific literature to support her programs, including a program to promote positive attachment called “Learning to Lullaby”, “Girl-Time”, which is a program for tween girls, and “Gender in the Music Classroom”. She writes about her findings on her blog.

3rd Place: Rick Arnest

Richard Arnest holds degrees in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Hawaii. His teachers included Morton Feldman, Ingolf Dahl, Jonathan Kramer and Neil McKay. He studied flute with Jean Harling of the Honolulu Symphony and recorder with Lewis Peterman and Marleen Montgomery. As performer and composer he presented many residencies for the State Arts Councils of Arkansas, Ohio and Oklahoma, and was a management fellowship at the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Arnest performs regularly with Ubi Caritas and Consort in the Egg and produces events for the Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati and Music Under Construction.He sings with the May Festival Chorus and the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati and is a member of ASCAP, the American Federation of Musicians and the American Composers Forum.