David Conte will be judging the final six works in the competition

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The Winners

We’re delighted to announce the finalists for ‘Caritas International Young Composer Competition 2017’! 

In alphabetical order of surnames:
Peter Bajetta, Italy, Chaunticleer 
Chad Cagle, USA, The Friar 
Sarah Cattley, UK, The Pardoner’s Song
Stewart Duncan, USA, Behold Adam 
Lewis Edmunds, UK, Radix malorum est cupiditas 
Sam Ritter, USA, Radix malorum est cupiditas 

You can hear all six world premieres here, in Canterbury, on 8th July, 2017, atColyer-Ferguson Building whereDavid Conte, from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will pick the winner (and winner of £750). Come and support the composers of tomorrow!

Tickets are available fromhere (but please read the next paragraph first!) 

This International Project is quite expensive and we are trying new, creative ways to support these kind of events. Please have a look atthis link, watch the video and see if this is something you’d be interested in contributing towards. There is something in it for you if you sponsor! 

About David Conte

The final six short-listed compositions will be judged by David Conte, Professor and Chair of Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and composer of over 100 compositions published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company.

One of the last students of legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger, David Conte is Chair of the Composition Department and Professor of Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and on the Composition Faculty of the European American Music Alliance in Paris.

He is the composer of over one hundred published works, including six operas, a musical, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, chamber music, organ, piano, guitar, and harp.

Conte co-wrote the film score for the documentary Ballets Russes, shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005, (now available on DVD) and composed the music for the PBS documentary, Orozco: Man of Fire in 2006, shown on the American Masters Series in the fall of 2007.

He currently serves on the board of the American Composer's Forum and as Composer in Residence with Cappella SF, a professional chorus in San Francisco.

To find out more, visit David Conte’s website, www.davidconte.net