Local Composer Finds Joy in Composing for Youth Orchestras

A talented local composer is gaining much deserved attention for her latest compositions. In February, composer Jill Boyd travelled to Phoenix where she was able to hear the world premier of “Voyager”, her 3rd orchestra piece performed by the West Valley Cadet Strings. For three consecutive years, Jill has been commissioned to write a piece for the group and during her visit was formally invited to create pieces for the group’s spring concerts each year. Receiving high praise from the young musicians, saying that her piece was the favorite to play, was a highlight of her trip and Jill is excited to continue creating music for young beginners. Rather than take a break, Jill returned home and finished a composition written specially for the local young musicians of the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra. The world premiere of Jill Boyd’s original piece ‘Epic’ will be performed by the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra at their spring concert.

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