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Usdan Composer Wins International Musical Tweet Competition

November 30, 2012
The Daily Dot, hometown newspaper of the World Wide Web, has selected composer Emily Morris, a member of the summer administrative staff of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, as one of its top 5 composers in the Metropole (Netherlands) Orchestra's recent Twitter "composition competition." In addition to being an avocational flutist and composer of Tweets, and the principal writer for Usdan's Twitter feed, Emily is an Associate Consultant in the Technology Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She composed her piece as an entry in an internet competition called "Tweetphony" in which thousands of composers from all over the world participated. A video performance of the piece, a stirring fanfare, as performed by the Metropole Orchestra, can be seen and heard byvisiting

The Tweetphony competition was organized as follows: Metropole Orchestra created the Twitter-based contest in which applicants used the orchestra's interactive keyboard to write a short piece of music. The notes had to be composed just as a Twitter post would be. In other words, Emily's composition could contain just 140 characters, or in this case, 140 musical notes. She composed the piece some weeks ago, and was chosen as one of the competition's winners. More information on Emily and on the event is available on the Usdan Center web site,

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is the nationally renowned summer arts day camp on Long Island for children ages 6-18. Usdan's 40,000 alumni include actresses Natalie Portman, Jackie Hoffman, Olivia Thirlby, Stacey London, and Lisa Gay Hamilton; singers Jane Monheit, Taylor Dayne, and Mariah Carey; Tony-Award nominated playwright Michele Lowe, Grammy-Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse, Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, Juilliard conductor Adam Glaser, and members of major American orchestras, dance and theater companies. An Open House for Usdan's 2013 season takes place this Sunday December 2nd (see information below.) Usdan has introduced the arts to more than 40,000 Tri-State Area children since its founding in 1968. The Center is open to all young people from age 6 to 18, and its program features more than 40 three, four and seven-week programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, writing, nature & ecology, and chess. No audition is needed for most programs - rather, admission is based on an expression of interest in the arts. Each summer, 1,600 students are transported to the Usdan in air-conditioned buses each summer day, and one third attend on scholarship. Although the mission of the Center is for every child to establish a relationship with the arts, the unique stimulation of the Center has caused many to go on to careers in the arts.

The free Open House this Sunday will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM on Usdan's 200-acre woodland campus in Wheatley Heights (Town of Huntington) Long Island. It will give interested families information on all programs and a chance to tour the Center. Families who are unable to attend the Open House may make appointments for other dates. In addition, those who enroll by December 15 will pay last year's tuition rates. ###




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