The American Composers Forum has selected Quinn Mason, senior at North Dallas High School, as a 2015 winner in a new, national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition. The NextNotesTM High School Composition Awards will encourage and recognize the creativity of high school composers and award outstanding talent with mentorship, scholarship funds and a performance of their work by professional musicians. Quinn has been chosen to receive a scholarship along with travel to Minneapolis-St. Paul for a two-day workshop with professional composer mentors and professional musicians in June 2015. The workshop will conclude with an awards ceremony and culminating concert of the winning works. A Louisiana native, composer Quinn Mason has spent the majority of his life in Dallas, Texas where he is in the12th grade at North Dallas High School. He started his musical journey by learning the cello in elementary school as a scholarship student of Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP). After experimenting and improvising on the cello, he began to write music igniting his passion to compose. Although he has benefited from cello, theory and compositions lessons through the FACP scholarship program since 2007, Quinn is basically self-taught in the art of composition. He claims “I learned by listening and looking at a lot of scores. I just picked up on a few things and experimented with them in my own way.” He describes his style as “Neo-Romantic, with modern, world and pop-ish influences. Kind of like west meets everywhere.” In June 2013, Quinn’s work was presented to the public for the first time at North Dallas High School graduation showcasing Quinn’s fanfare for concert band. Quinn received a Tommy Tranchin Award from The Dallas Foundation to study composition with Dr. Robert Rodriguez at UTDallas in the summer of 2013. For the past four years, Dr. Winston Stone, music professor at UTDallas, has served as a musical mentor for Quinn, guiding him through the fundamentals of music theory and composition. For over 35 years, Fine Arts Chamber Players has presented free classical music programs for the enrichment of Dallas area residents. Concerts annually feature over fifty of Dallas’ outstanding professional musicians. FACP’s educational outreach provides over 200 free programs and music lessons to area public schools students each year. Major sponsors of Fine Arts Chamber Players include the Sue & Christopher Bancroft Family, Dallas Museum of Art, Union Pacific Foundation, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, Dallas Arts District Foundation and Sloan Bergmann Print Services.
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