RSO Spotlight: Composers Guild

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The Composers Guild is a club
where ideas become melodies,
creativity becomes song, and
bonds are created over a love of
music. The club performs their
original pieces with at least one
concert per semester. They had
their first meeting of the semester
last Wednesday.
The “Guild” was invited to this
year’s Florida Music Educators
Association Conference and
attended as a premiere ensemble
and performed at the conference.
“Not every school gets invited,
so it gives our school a lot of
accreditation,” explained club
leader Stephanie Kumetz.
The Guild used to be a class
and has transitioned into an RSO
that is now trying to reach out and
pair up with the Bower School of
Music in order to host more events
with the club’s still-growing 11
members.
The Composers Guild offers a
foundation scholarship for active
members pursuing a career in
music composition. Kumetz and
one of her fellow officers received
one of the $1,500 scholarships last
year.
Regardless of experience,
Kumetz encourages those
interested to “just go for it. It
doesn’t matter what you write
or what for or if it sounds really
stupid or silly. Eventually you’ll
love it and other people will like it
too.” Kumetz began composing
music two years ago. “I took Dr.
Bahr’s Music Composition and
Theory class and fell in love,”
Kumetz recalled. “He really
encouraged me.”
The Composers Guild meets on
Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the music
building. Their next performance
is March 27th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at
U. Tobe Recital Hall.