Kingwood Park HS Orchestra
Young Composers Project
Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, the Kingwood Park HS Orchestra program partnered with the University of Houston, Moore School of Music, to create a Young Composers Project. The goal of this project is:
1. Commission a current UH student majoring in composition
2. Work alongside Dr. Rob Smith and the young composer throughout the year on his/her work
3. Allow the composition student multiple opportunities to hear their work rehearsed before completion
4. Give the composer a chance to gain "real world experience" in working with a high school orchestra on the
5. The composition will be performed by the Chamber Orchestra at the Spring Concert
In 2015, Madeline Styskal was selected as the first composer in the Project. On Tuesday, May 17, the KPHS Chamber Orchestra premiered her piece, Road to Rossyln. Madeline's letter to the orchestra:
"Dear Members of the Kingwood Park Chamber Orchestra,
Thank you so much for all your work this year learning and premiering Road to Rosslyn. I was absolutely thrilled
with your vivid performance--not just of Road to Rosslyn, but of your whole set. Every one of you played with
artistry and passion! It was such a special experience collaborating with you all this year. Thanks for sharing
All the Best,
Victor Rangel was selected as the Young Composer for 2017. On Tuesday, May 16, the KPHS Chamber Orchestra premiered his piece, Harbinger. Victor wrote to the orchestra:
Thank you so much for all of your hard work in bringing Harbinger to life and for the wonderful opportunity that you gave
me. You have a very smart and talented group and it was an enormous pleasure to work with this organization. I was
extremely impressed by how young your program is as it most certainly does not seem that way by the level at which
you perform. Thank you so much for everything and I wish you guys the best!
In June 2017, we decided to commission two pieces for the Spring 2018 Concert! Kyle Rivera was commissioned to write a piece for Chamber and Sasha Behrend for Sinfonia.
For the Spring 2019 Concert - Tomas Garcia will write a piece for Chamber and Ethan Adkison (former orchestra member of Humble HS Orchestra) will write a piece for Sinonia!