Meet the Composer Festival
This is an annual two-day event in Des Moines that brings young central Iowa singers and a professional composer together for learning and fun. Singers in grades 4 - 8 are welcome to participate along with invited SATB choirs. An internationally known composer serves as the in-residence clinician and conductor for the event. The composer's own music is the focus of the festival.
The conductor works with students throughout each day, and at the end of the day, the singers deliver a public concert.
The dates for the 2018 Meet the Composer Festival are April 6 - 7. Our clinician will be Iowa composer Elaine Hagenberg.
Elaine is an inspiring composer and conductor who relates to people of all ages. She is a master at finding beautiful texts and setting them to music that touches the soul. Her compositions are performed throughout the United States and beyond by singers in schools, universities, adult community choirs, and churches.
Notable performances include the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia, American Choral Directors Association Conferences, All-State festivals, as well as performances in South Africa, Taiwan, and throughout Europe.
Her pieces have received the Meistersinger’s Knapp Award, the Award of Distinction for the International Longfellow Choral Composers Competition, and the Orange County Choral Society Magnum Opus Choral Composition Contest.
Elaine, a graduate of Drake University, currently teaches 7-12 grade music at Des Moines Christian School.