Coquitlam composer wins int'l contest for 'Reverance'

A Coquitlam musician and composer will be in Minnesota next month to hear her piece played by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).

A Coquitlam musician and composer will be in Minnesota next month to hear her piece played by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).

Gina Williams recently won $1,500 from the organization in its inaugural Call for Scores Competition for Reverance — the last song on her Olympiad album.

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A panel made up of Twin Cities composer and GTCYS artistic staff received nearly 60 scores from around the world in the open contest, choosing Williams’ notes as its best for “musical merit, pedagogical strength and suitability for Sinfonia,” it stated on its website.

Reverence will be performed at GTCYS’ two spring festival concerts at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on May 5, under artistic director Mark Russell Smith.

Williams, who has her master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta as well as television and film acting credits, was profiled in The Tri-City News last May.

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