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Clarke Student Composers Receive National Accolades

posted on July 20, 2010

The world of music composition can be tough to break into. Being a recognized composer is even harder.

But, as two Clarke College students proved, strong musical compositions are undeniable. Brian Eiffes and Lucas Flynn were recently notified that their original compositions were selected to be presented at the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National Conference in November.

Eiffes, a junior music education major, was recognized for his work entitled “Final Farewell,” written for cello and piano. Flynn, a sophomore music composition major, has his piece entitled “Dance in the Summer Field,” written for a brass quintet, selected for performance at the conference.

“It is really unheard of to get student work selected for the SCI national conference, much less at the undergraduate level,” said Amy Dunker, DMA, chair and associate professor of music at Clarke. “This is a professional conference and being selected is a tremendous honor.”

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition, according to its Web site.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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