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State honors former Tri-Citian

Yesterday the Tri-City Herald covered my entry in the National Music Teacher’s Composition Competition. Keva McMorrow, who grew up in the Tri-Cities, is making a name for herself in the music world. McMorrow, who lives in the Seattle area, recently was named Washington State Composer of the Year, and her winning musical score, Evening River […]

Yesterday the Tri-City Herald covered my entry in the National Music Teacher’s Composition Competition.

Keva McMorrow, who grew up in the Tri-Cities, is making a name for herself in the music world.

McMorrow, who lives in the Seattle area, recently was named Washington State Composer of the Year, and her winning musical score, Evening River Echoes, has earned a place of prominence in the National Library of Commissioned Composers.

It also means her work has been entered into the 2011 U.S. Composer of the Year contest.

“I was chosen by the Washington State Music Teachers Association 2010 composition committee,” McMorrow told the Herald via e-mail this week. “They make the decision based on a composer’s activity in the state and general standard of composition throughout the years.”

You can read more of what Dori McNeil wrote at tri-cityherald.com.

Edmonds Composer to Compete in National Contest

The Edmonds Beacon covered my entry in the national competition today! Edmonds resident and composer, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow, was extremely excited to receive a commission from the Washington State Music Teachers.  Her octet, Evening River Echoes, was performed in Olympia by members of the Cascade Symphony, with whom she has played piano and celeste for the […]

The Edmonds Beacon covered my entry in the national competition today!

Edmonds resident and composer, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow, was extremely excited to receive a commission from the Washington State Music Teachers.  Her octet, Evening River Echoes, was performed in Olympia by members of the Cascade Symphony, with whom she has played piano and celeste for the past 20 years.

The audience of music teachers and professors present from around the state, enthusiastically received the world premiere in a spontaneous ovation.

Via: The Edmonds Beacon

Local pianist wins Composer of the Year

Local pianist wins Composer of the Year

From the enterprise: Local pianist wins Composer of the Year Keva Vaughan-McMorrow will perform her newest piece in Olympia Enterprise staff On June 22, the state capital will get to see what South County arts has to offer, as Cascade Symphony pianist Keva Vaughan-McMorrow will be premiering her newly commissioned chamber work in Olympia’s Red […]

From the enterprise: Local pianist wins Composer of the Year

Keva Vaughan-McMorrow will perform her newest piece in Olympia

Enterprise staff

On June 22, the state capital will get to see what South County arts has to offer, as Cascade Symphony pianist Keva Vaughan-McMorrow will be premiering her newly commissioned chamber work in Olympia’s Red Lion Hotel ballroom.

The Washington State Music Teachers Association selected Vaughan-McMorrow as its 2010 Composer of the Year. Vaughan-McMorrow will be honored in the culminating work of the evening’s concert with her chamber work, “Evening River Echoes.” Scored for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion, the work will be performed with her colleagues from the Edmonds Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

“Evening River Echoes” was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of nights spent at the family’s cabin located in a Redwood forest overlooking the Russian River in California. The sounds represent the cacophony of human activities rising from the river basin below. It begins with the relative calm of a summer’s evening and progresses into strains of gypsy music that arise from a riverside encampment. In a press release, the piece is described as the sounds of people swimming, singing, partying, laughing, arguing and activities of wild animals all blending into the child’s consciousness as she drifts asleep under the redwood trees and stars. It ends as the night wears on, the sounds of humanity diminish and the forest canyon is once again enveloped in a tranquil evening mist.

Vaughan-McMorrow, who is based in Seattle, also is a music teacher and often performs as a soloist and accompanist.

New CD: Evening River Echoes Coming soon…

New CD: Evening River Echoes Coming soon…

The newly commissioned “Evening River Echoes” to be performed and recorded in live concert at the 2010 WA State Music Teacher’s Convention in Olympia, WA.  This is a chamber octet for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion which musically depicts the evening cacophony of river life along the shores of the Russian […]

The newly commissioned “Evening River Echoes” to be performed and recorded in live concert at the 2010 WA State Music Teacher’s Convention in Olympia, WA.  This is a chamber octet for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion which musically depicts the evening cacophony of river life along the shores of the Russian River as inspired by the composer’s childhood.

Keva Vaughan-McMorrow is the 2010 Washington State Composer of the Year. Performers are all principals in the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and the piano is a nine foot concert grand prepared by Edward McMorrow of Lighthammer pianos.

Stay tuned for updates.

Stepping Out Keva Vaughan-McMorrow to premier chamber work

Stepping Out Keva Vaughan-McMorrow to premier chamber work

From the Edmonds Beacon: Stepping Out Keva Vaughan-McMorrow to premier chamber work Keva Vaughan-McMorrow, Edmonds resident, pianist and WA State Composer of the Year, will be performing her newly commissioned chamber work in its world premiere for the Washington State Music Teachers. The premier will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22 in […]

From the Edmonds Beacon: Stepping Out Keva Vaughan-McMorrow to premier chamber work

Keva Vaughan-McMorrow, Edmonds resident, pianist and WA State Composer of the Year, will be performing her newly commissioned chamber work in its world premiere for the Washington State Music Teachers.

The premier will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22 in Olympia’s Red lion Hotel Fir Ballroom.

Vaughan-McMorrow was selected as the 2010 Composer of the Year by the state music teacher’s association and will be honored in the culminating work of the evening’s concert with her chamber work, Evening River Echoes.

Scored for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion the work will be performed with her colleagues from the Edmonds Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

The work was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of nights spent at the family’s cabin located in a Redwood forest overlooking the Russian River in California.

The sounds represent the cacophony of human activities rising from the river basin below.

It begins with the relative calm of a summer’s evening, crickets and tree frogs chirping.  As the evening progresses strains of gypsy music arise from a riverside encampment, folk music is heard on the beaches and chamber music echoes from the Bohemian Club across the river.

The sounds of people swimming, singing, partying, laughing, arguing, and activities of wild animals all blend into the child’s consciousness as she drifts asleep under the redwood trees and stars.

As the night wears on the sounds of humanity diminish and the forest canyon is once again enveloped in a tranquil evening mist.

If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 in the Olympia Red Lion Ballroom.