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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Music, Youth Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The hey, mozart new mexico biennial child composer project is designed to draw children to music and create a repertoire of music by children and for children. Children 12 and under from around the state of new mexico are invited to compose and submit original melodies either in music notation or through a recording. 17 melodies (16 composers and one master class composer) are selected and orchestrated for chorus, orchestra or band by university or professional musicians. The competition year 2013 ended with a final concert on november 1, 2013 featuring the child composers performing the original melody and ensembles playing the arranged versions of the works. The non-competion year (2014) is devoted to securing performance opportunities for the children in their local communitites. In additional to concerts, the project seeks interviews for the children in the press, radio and television. These various activities contribute to the children's self confidence and music interest. A littl

Programs: Hey, mozart new mexico is a biennial child composer project which was carried out in 2013. The year 2014 will be dedicated to publicizing the accomplishments of the 2013 composers through concerts with other organizations around the state as well as press and radio interviews. Volunteer staff and the music director planned the 2013 competition which ended with a concert on november 1, 2013 which featured the young composers, the arrangers and four ensembles who performed the arranged works. They also developed related documentation including applications, press release in english and spanish, updated the faqs, maintained a website, an active facebook page and issued quarterly newsletters.

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known of and been involved in Hey Mozart! New Mexico since its inception. What most impresses me is the statewide outreach of the organization. New Mexico is one of our nation's poorest states and Hey Mozart! receives applications and has had winners from some of the most rural and poorest parts of the state. It is very emotional to see children from tiny towns come to the concert where they perform with 20 or 30 family members, some of whom have traveled more than 300 miles from Chihuahua Mexico. Teachers of some of the students have said that winning has been a life changing event for some students who have never been successful in the past and have risen vastly in the eyes of peers. At the concerts past winners have become mentors to first time winners, some as young as six. The interplay among the child composers, the adult arrangers and orchestra, band and choral musicians is amazing to watch.

Kenneth K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Jeanie McLerie, and I have been involved with Hey Mozart New Mexico since 2008, and a board member since 2010. I teach children fiddle in Silver City, New Mexico. In 2009 I had 3 students submit compositions to the project, and two of them, Ella Jaz Kirk and Ella Myers came in the top sixteen winners. You can see Ella Jaz's song called " The Hand" on youtube by typing in Ellajaz/Hey Mozart. This was filmed at the concert on Nov 6, 2009 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All the winners played their compositions, and then they heard the arrangement (done by one of the Hey Mozart arrangers) that had been done of their composition. It was a wonderful concert, and it is obvious the see what a boost this is to a young composer. Many of my students continue to write tunes and songs and it was Hey Mozart that really inspired them to do it on a regular basis. This year I had some great compositions by some of the younger ones (between 5- 7 years) but they were not confident to enter the contest yet. And some of my 12 and older students have written some wonderful tunes, but are too old for the project. It doesn't matter because they are tuned into creating and composing now, and will probably always want to do that. I think this is a fantastic non-profit organization and of course it needs financial help. I want to see Hey Mozart continue for the many creative children in New Mexico. I am a believer in giving children a boost in the world of music.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hey, Mozart! New Mexico is a splendid example of dedication on parade! Dedication on the parts of volunteers who make it run, teachers who have faith and pride in their students, parents who support inspired kids, and, most of all, the dedication of hundreds of youngsters who bravely present their musical creations to a big world. The fact that children who are fine musicians together with children who can't play an instrument are all in this project together is astounding. And some of the winners are, indeed, children who have heard some music in their heads, don't play a musical instrument but they courageously hum their compositions. And a musician then transposes it. It is a miracle for these children.

What a great, positive, exciting, transformative organization.

Pamela Michaelis, Albuquerque, New Mexico