Daelan Roosa, an eighth grader at Barnet School, has been studying music with since he was in kindergarten and composing since the second grade.
An interview with Roosa, along with his piece, "The Wolves' Hunt," will air on VPR Classical today, Oct. 7 at 4:05 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8:05 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 11 at 12:05 p.m. The feature will also be available at VPR.net/classical.
VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase is a collaboration with Music-COMP, a music composition mentoring program that matches aspiring students with accomplished composers and supports live performances of their work. The monthly series launched earlier this year.
"VPR Classical is committed to engaging with younger audiences and showcasing talented musicians of all ages in our region," said VPR Classical Host Joe Goetz. "It's an honor to work with these young composers and share the results of their hard work and good music with VPR Classical listeners everywhere."
Roosa's piece, "The Wolves' Hunt," was first performed at Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College in January of this year in a concert sponsored by Music-COMP.
"The Wolves' Hunt' is analogous to a wolf pack hunting," Roosa said of his piece, which is written for a brass trio of trumpet, French horn and tuba. "The beginning is a stalk, the pack quietly gathering and homing on their prey, a group of deer. In the second part, the wolves are chasing the unlucky deer, each taking a turn attacking the deer, which is finally brought down. The last section is a triumphal march while the wolves feast."
Roosa plays violin in the Northeast Kingdom Community Orchestra, as well as the piano and trumpet. When he's not playing or composing music, he enjoys reading, building and designing.
About VPR Classical
VPR Classical is Vermont's only classical music network featuring local hosts throughout the day. Kari Anderson, Walter Parker and Joe Goetz share their extensive knowledge and passion for the music Monday through Friday. Other highlights include A Passion For Opera with Peter Fox Smith, Performance Today, Sunday Baroque, From the Top, and weekly concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. VPR Classical can be heard on 15 stations around the state, as well as on HD radio, VPR.net, and via VPR's iPhone and Android apps.