Karalyn Schubring: Symphonic Dance No. 1. 2015-16 MusicaNova Composition Fellow Karalyn Schubring is a sixteen-year-old senior at Chandler Preparatory Academy in Chandler, Arizona. She began studying piano at age three and composing at age six. She currently studies classical repertoire performance and composition at East Valley Yamaha Music School with teachers Talia Carmi and Tomoko Yonemaru, respectively. Karalyn is passionate about performing and composing music and plans to pursue a full-time career in composition.
Already an accomplished composer, Karalyn was selected as the first MusicaNova Composition Fellow of the 2015-16 season. As a member of the Composition Fellows Program she’ll get hands-on mentoring by MusicaNova’s music director and feedback from the orchestra’s professional musicians through all stages of preparation, production, and rehearsal of her piece, which will have its world premiere by MusicaNova Orchestra on November 1, 2015.
In this past year, Karalyn performed her music at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim CA, and was commissioned by East Valley Children’s Theater in Mesa to write the music for an original play, Arya’s Rock: A Video Game Adventure, which premiered in June 2015 and received an ariZoni Theatre Award for Original Music Composition in September 2015.
In the summer of 2015 Karalyn was one of ten composers selected to be apart of the Young Artists Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a six-week intensive program where she worked with BU faculty Dr. Justin Casinghino and Dr. Martin Amlin.
In addition, she was named a National Finalist of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition in the Senior Division, was a winner of the Social Music Works International Upload Competition in the Variations Category, and received an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award for her piano and euphonium piece titled “Song of the Ancients” in 2015.
Karalyn is also an accomplished pianist. She has performed her compositions in numerous venues, including Tempe Center for the Arts, the Musical Instrument Museum, the NAMM show, the Downtown Chamber Series, the Arizona State Music Teachers Association Conference, and in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is also a finalist for NPR’s “From the Top,” a nationally broadcast program featuring young artists.
What you’ll hear at the concert:
Symphonic Dances No. 1 is Karalyn’s first work for full symphonic orchestra, in one movement lasting about 11 minutes. It opens with an anticipatory and ambiguous introduction; it is hard to tell where the music will go from these first steps. When that ends it bursts in a brassy tune reminding you of movie or video game music, a form well known by the composer.
The music is very sectional – new ideas come up, are treated for a while and then everything changes – and you will hear how the first ideas come back at the end of the piece to round things off. This piece uses brass instruments and piano a great deal