The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra is excited to announce Paul Frucht as Composer-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season. Originally from Danbury, CT, Paul is an emerging composer whose work has been hailed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR). Currently a Doctoral of Music Arts candidate at Juilliard, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in composition. In 2015, Paul launched the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive, a summer festival of which he is the Artistic Director.
The composer-in-residence program directly supports the WCYO’s mission to educate and inspire young musicians. During his residency, Paul will compose a piece for each ensemble – String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra – to be performed during the season. Paul will also coordinate a program for student composers, which will include reading of orchestral compositions by Music Director Eric Mahl and the WCYO Symphony Orchestra. The WCYO composer-in-residence program is designed to foster connections between our youth musicians and emerging composers and provide the opportunity to premier commissioned works.