Katherine Beggs - Young Composer

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Music has always played an integral role in my life. I began classical piano lessons at age five. In addition to piano, for the last six years I have been a chorister in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Concert Choir. This choral ensemble has given me the opportunity to perform in a variety of professional settings with top musicians at venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and the U.S. embassies in London and Berlin. Most recently, I sang in John Adam’s opera “El Nino” with the LA Philharmonic. I have also been singing in my high school choir, Westridge Glee Club for the last three years. Through LACC and Westridge I’ve performed in Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. These experiences taught me that music transcends all language barriers and unites people. When I realized the monumental power music possesses, I wanted to write my own. In my sophomore year, I participated in a program called “Listening to the Future” in which I wrote an original choral piece for the Pasadena Master Chorale. Hearing my own work performed was life changing. The subsequent year, I was accepted into another young composer’s program called Sounds Promising. For this program I wrote a string trio for professional musicians who performed it live. I followed that with a six week pre-college composition program at Carnegie-Mellon University. During the program, I took private classes with my composition professor in addition to courses in music theory, music history, ear training, and eurhythmics. When the program ended I had written a piece for a Pierrot ensemble which was performed and conducted by professional musicians. These many experiences cemented my decision to pursue composition as an undergraduate and beyond.