The Uncommon Music Festival is pleased to announce two winners of its 2018 Composer Competition: Carlos Cordero's "Night Meadow" and Rich Campbell's "In Those Years, No One Slept," both for a cappella vocal quartet.

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Carlos Cordero (b. 1992) is an award-winning composer, recently named Vox Populi winner and Special Mention in the 1st International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau with his piece Nada Te Turbe (to be premiered by  CICCAG’s Virtual Choir in 2018), Chorus Austin 2017 Young Composers Competition’s winner with  Seven Seconds of Love (including original  poems) as well as Olivia Jageur’s 15 Second Harp call for scores for harp and treble with Schola Cantorum choir of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Music, conducted by Scott Price. Cordero enjoys writing music mainly for the voice, having completed a 3-act operetta called  Un Cuento de Luces y Sombras (A tale of Light and Shadows), with an original story and libretto. His pieces have been  performed internationally, including Venezuela, the United States, London, Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Carlos is currently residing in Houston, Texas, where he is enrolled as a Master of Music in Composition at University of Houston, Moores School of Music, with Dr. David Ashley White as his current professor. He currently sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus and Moores School of Music’s Concert Chorale. Former Choral Conductor and Music Educator at El Sistema, he holds a B.M. from Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta (UNICA, 2015) and a Specialization  in Composition (UNICA,  2017).

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Rich Campbell is an award winning composer whose works have been performed by the Australian Boys Choir, VocalEssence, SACRA/PROFANA, Octarium, The Young People’s Chorus of New York, The Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Polyhymnia, Pacific Edge Voices, Pacific Women’s Chorus, Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus, San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, Chester River Chorale, Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova, College of St. Rose, San Francisco State, Georgia College, University of Northern Iowa, University of Rhode Island, Dordt College, Florida State, St. Andrew’s College, MIT, Voices Boston, Cantabile Youth Singers, OAKE National Honors Choir, Philadelphia Center City Opera Theatre, Brass Initiative, C Street Brass and ensembles at Indiana State’s Contemporary Music Festival and the Southern ACDA Conference. He has appeared playing his compositions on film and television, including SMASH and The Devil’s Advocate. His theatrical collaboration Puppy Love was staged at NY’s PS 122. He is the co-writer of songs on a Grammy nominated album by The Triplets and an alumnus of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, where he studied composition with Robert Washburn and piano with James Ball. He lives in NY and has run 21 marathons.

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