Beyond The Notes is excited to announce a new annual project called “ComMission Possible”. The goal of this project is to provide middle school students with the opportunity to actively participate in the creation of a new composition for band, choir, or orchestra. Students from participating ensembles will have the opportunity to submit ideas to be considered by the composer. Participating BTN festival ensembles will also have the opportunity to apply to perform the world premiere of the composition with the composer in attendance.
ComMission Possible One will be a grade 2.5 work for band written by composer Viet Cuong. Don’t worry choir and orchestra friends, your commission project will take place in the future! Viet Cuong is a Vietnamese-American composer. Praised as "alluring" by The New York Times and "irresistible" by The San Francisco Chronicle, Cuong's music has been performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. His full, extraordinary bio along with recordings of his compositions can be found on his website - https://vietcuongmusic.com/
As an added bonus, participating BTN 2023 Festival Bands who have students that submit ideas will receive the new composition for FREE! The deadline to submit ideas is October 10, 2022. Participating schools check your email for the student submission link. The application to be considered as the ensemble to perform the world premiere with the composer in residence is also due October 10. Only bands participating in the 2023 BTN Festival will have the opportunity to apply to do the world premiere performance. More details can be found on the application.
If you or your students are unfamiliar with Viet’s music, consider watching this amazing performance by the Epoch Percussion Quartet and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble’s performance of his piece Re(new)al. (see below). Project Timeline
September 5 - Project announcement sent to the 2023 BTN Festival participating eighth-grade bands. Student handout included along with a link to the Google Form where student ideas can be submitted.
October 10 - Due date for student ideas via the Google Form. Also, the due date for the group application to perform the world premiere with composer visit.
October 15 - A selection committee will narrow the generated student ideas down to 15 that will be submitted to composer Cuong for consideration. Keep in mind that composer Cuong has the final say regarding artistic decisions and theme concept.
November 15 - Target date for composer Cuong to share with all of us the concept for the new work. Also, the ensemble selected to do the world premiere is announced.
February 1 - Composition deadline. Music will be forwarded immediately to the selected ensemble and made available to the other participating bands who may perform the work at any point following the premiere.
April/May ?- World Premiere Performance at a school location to be announced.