Minnesota composer Libby Larsen co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973. Since that time, the organization has helped professional composers across the country get their music played by live musicians.
Now, the Forum extends its helping hand to high school students with a new program called NextNotes.
NextNotes is a composition contest, with no restrictions on genre. Students can submit jazz, classical, hip hop, rock, or any other type of composition. Libby Larsen, along with fellow composers Joshua Clausen and Joe Horton, will mentor six students who will visit the Twin Cities this summer for a series of workshops, culminating in a live concert of the chosen students' pieces.
Larsen, Clausen and Horton join Learning to Listen this week to talk about the NextNotes program, and what it's like to work with student musicians.