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Young Masters Exhibition

Since 1995, the O’Donnell Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art have generously sponsored the Young Masters Exhibition. The exhibition celebrates the creativity and skill of each grant program: AP Art History, Music Theory and Studio Art. Integrating all three disciplines at this prestigious event reinforces both the interconnectedness of the arts and the mission of the O’Donnell Foundation’s incentive program, Create Schools of Excellence in Fine Arts (CSEFA).
   


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The 2017 Young Masters AP fine arts exhibition  will be on display February 25-April 16, 2017 in the Concourse Gallery of the Dallas Museum of Art. All registered grant high school AP fine arts students who are currently enrolled (2016-17) or who were formerly enrolled (2014-16) in the O'Donnell Foundation incentive program and passed the College Board AP fine arts exam(s) were invited to submit the following works for the exhibit:  
  • AP Art History – an original essay in response to a work in the DMA’s permanent collection
  • AP Music Theory – an original four minute composition
  • AP Studio Art – an original two-dimensional or three-dimensional art work
Sixty-five works were selected from 896 submissions for the 2017 Dallas Museum of Art AP fine arts exhibition, February 25-April 16, Concourse Gallery. An evening reception and recognition ceremony will be held at the DMA on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The following six AP Music Theory Young Masters were selected to have their compositions included in the:

2017 YOUNG MASTERS EXHIBITION

Kevin Bai, Plano West Senior High School

Autumn Winds
Written for violin and piano
Musical Score
“Autumn Winds begins with a rapid, flowing piano introduction to represent the constant breeze of wind in the autumn. The violin then enters with a soaring melody, symbolizing the grandeur of nature and the various colors in the fall. The tension in the composition gradually builds as the wind turns more turbulent and comes to a stop. The composition ends with a triumphant restatement of the original melody.” 



Daniel Che, Plano West Senior High School

Drunken Llama
Written for piano
Musical Score

“The scherzo Drunken Llama tells the tragic story of a llama’s furious insanity after getting drunk in order to cope with his crazy bipolar wife. The piece begins with a rapid, explosive ostinato on the left hand followed by difficult, off beat passages on the right hand, exhibiting the llama’s furious, unstable mental state. Following this, the main theme emerges in both a hysterical and tragic character, each corresponding to different parts of the piece.” 



Gahwon Lee, Plano West Senior High School

The Story of Tristan and Isolde

Written for violin, cello, and piano
Musical Score
“Inspired by the Celtic legend of the same name, The Story of Tristan and Isolde depicts the tale of two lovers destined to suffer from the tragedies brought by a love potion. With the rhythm in 11/4 time resembling a waltz, the composition begins with a Dorian introduction, accelerates into a fierce battle, fades into tender conversations, narrates multiple hardships, and ends with a catastrophe.” 



Jake Parker-Howe, Plano West Senior High School

DLM 3569

Written for flute, bassoon, and piano
Musical Score
“DLM 3659 embodies the belief that a piano can sound almost as spooky as a harpsichord if necessary. In addition, the piece utilizes a flute and a bassoon to enhance the spookiness factor equivalent to four creaky doors, as flutes are notorious for devouring the souls of weak-willed musicians, and there is nothing in this world more horrifying than playing on a double reed. The piece begins in 7/8 time because ghosts don't play by conventional rules, and transitions to a 3/4 waltz because the waltz is widely recognized to be the most haunted dance.” 



Deanna Smith, Richardson High School

Vexation
Written for violin, viola, and cello
Musical Score
“A trio for violin, viola, and cello, Vexation flows through chaotic movements of disorder, slight calm, and back to disjunctive rhythms and melodies. This is one of five movements representing the stages of grief, Vexation being the second stage of anger. The composition captures the blinding anger of losing someone dear.” 




Triston Zhang, Plano Senior High School

Suite for the Piano, op.5 no.1 - II Nocturne
Written for piano
Musical Score

“In Nocturne—the interlude between the imposing Rhapsody and the frantic Fantasy in its parent work, Suite for the Piano—a relaxed melody is introduced and is soon perpetuated by a restless harmony that heightens the dramatic spirit of the suite until the very end of the movement, where the motion finally settles into a satisfying rest.”





​Sixty works were selected from 858 submissions for the 2016 Dallas Museum of Art AP fine arts exhibition, February 27-April 17, Concourse Gallery. An evening reception and awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the DMA. Dr. Richard Brettell was the guest speaker. He is the Founding Director, The Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics Studies, Co-Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums (CISM) at UTD.

2016 AP MUSIC THEORY YOUNG MASTERS

Austin Ali, Plano West Senior High School

Odyssey in Brass (Audio)
Written for trumpet, horn, and trombone
Musical Score


“Odyssey in Brass is a work for three brass musicians representing what it would be like to condense a film score down to three instruments. The brass play a powerful unison melody, and the piece builds to the high-energy section in three-four based on rhythmic contrast between the three voices. After the final climax of the piece in seven-eight, the horn solo fades out as an echo of the original unison theme.”



Omar Barradas, Plano West Senior High School

Grand Fare (Audio)
Written for horn, trombone, and flute
Musical Score

 

Grand Fair tells the story of an average day of leisure while the mind wanders every chance it gets. It begins as a fanfare type trio, later taking its turn while the trombone and horn provide a canvas/theme. For a moment, it becomes an atonal piece, but as a mind always returns to comfort, so does this piece.”



Gahwon Lee, Plano West Senior High School

A Tale of a Legend (Audio)
Written for violin, cello, and piano
Musical Score

A Tale of a Legend highlights the grand voyages taken by a fabled hero. It features a constantly repeated melodic motif that defines his valiance. Simple and compound rhythm clash together to form peculiar hemiolas representing the ongoing struggles the hero is facing. After surviving through various experiences, the hero gives up his life to protect his kingdom and single-handedly defeats the invaders with a burst of flame steaming up to a giant finale.”



Wenjia Li, Plano West Senior High School

Tango Reverie ( Audio)
Written for flute, piano, and cello
Musical Score

Tango in Reverie puts a modern twist on the tango, featuring a dreamy introductory melody. Written for the flute, piano, and cello, the composition merges the soft volatility of reveries with the driving nature of the Argentine dance to capture the ephemeral essence of dreams and desires.” 



Jasmin Limqueco, Plano Senior High School

A Story of Three Friends (Audio)
Written for flute trio
Musical Score

Story of Three Friends is a rondo based on a true story where three friends meander back and forth between different stages of friendship. Theme A showcases the happiness of the friends with the light and bouncy rhythm. Theme B expresses the disconnection the friends feel when they drift apart. Following the second Theme A, Theme C expresses anger. The back and forth pattern occurring in the lower flutes expresses the competitive nature of the three friends. Different key changes convey the idea that friendship is always present, but always changing.” 


Karen Yang, Plano West Senior High School

Effusion (Audio)
Written for solo flute
Musical Score 

“A piece for solo flute, Effusion is a dramatic exploration of the flute’s colorful melodic and rhythmic capabilities. The composition departs from traditional tonality, relying instead on intervallic relations to form its internal structure. In the beginning, the key intervallic cell freely evolves throughout the piece through alternating metric and fluid sections, mimicking the flow, or effusion, of a river, beginning with shimmery tranquility and ending with the explosive burst of a waterfall.”    
   
   
                           
        

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2015 AP MUSIC THEORY YOUNG MASTERS


Austin Ali, Plano West Sr. High School
     
Visible Darkness (Audio)
Composition for Brass Trio: Trumpet and Two Trombones
Musical Score

Visible Darkness describes the uncertainties and wonder of a black hole in space. Beginning with a thrilling trumpet fanfare, the brass trio develops the theme by trading it between the trombones and altering the scale to depict space travel. After briefly drifting through space in the adagio section, the composition returns to a fast-paced blastoff. The chord at the end does not resolve, representing the unanswered questions that black holes still present us.”

 

Kameron Henry, Richardson High School
       
Opus 1 (Audio)
Composition Written for Trumpet Trio
Musical Score 

"Opus 1 is a trumpet trio composed to depict a revelation of neoclassical era music in a dark and dissonant light. The trio highlights a city that was once prosperous and is now one of the most dystopian cities in America. The chorale section best represents the tale of Detroit with harmonizing trumpets distancing themselves and slowly bringing the transition of change to what Detroit is today.”



Sarah Klein, BTWHSPVA
     
Clair d’Étoile  (Audio)
Composition Written for Piano
Musical Score

“Clair d’Étoile is a work for solo piano inspired by French impressionist composer Claude Debussy. This work features pentatonic melodic elements, wide arpeggios, and subtle rubato characteristic of the impressionist style. This composition evokes the tender, shimmering romance of a warm starlit night.” 

 

 Wenjia Li, Plano West Sr. High School
   
​Night Voyage (Audio)

​Composition Written for String Trio: Violin, Viola, Cello
Musical Score

Night Voyage tells the story of a mysterious journey through darkness. Written for violin, viola, and cello, the composition explores varying moods of the night while the instruments whisper in conversation.”  



Karen Yang, Plano West Sr. High School
   
Nocturne No. 1 in D Major (Audio)
Composition Written for Piano
Musical Score

“Nocturne No.1 in D Major
opens with a simple, singing theme in a lulling 12/8 time. As the piece progresses, a troubled section is introduced and developed with multiple voices forming countermelodies that give a thickening sense of agitation to the listener. The piece swells several times until it reaches a dramatic peak; after which, the nocturne slowly simmers back down into the tranquil beginning theme.” 




 

   


2014 DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITION
The final works and award winners for each program were selected by a panel of art historians, panel of musicians, and a panel of artists. The Young Masters Exhibition was held February 8-April 27, 2014, in the Concourse Gallery of the Dallas Museum of Art. An evening reception and awards ceremony honoring the 2014 Young Masters and their teachers was held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the Atrium Cafe and Horchow Auditorium. Dr. Maxwell Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director, DMA, welcomed awardees, their teachers, and invited guests. Gigi Antoni, Big Thought President/CEO, was the evening's honored speaker. Click here to read Ms. Antoni's speech. 


  

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2014 AP MUSIC THEORY YOUNG MASTERS

Chase Dobson, FIRST PLACE


Chiaroscuro
Teacher: Kent Ellingson
School: Booker T. Washington HSPVA

“In art, chiaroscuro describes a technique involving strong contrasts between light and dark. I contrasted light and dark in elements such as texture, timbre, and sonority. The form imitates contrast,featuring a dissonant, driving section, followed by a more lyrical, sweeping section, built largely in quartal and quintal harmony. The end reflects the darkness of the beginning in a different light, as it slows into a murky conclusion.”“In art, chiaroscuro describes a technique involving strong contrasts between light and dark. I contrasted light and dark in elements such as texture, timbre, and sonority. The form imitates contrast, featuring a dissonant, driving section, followed by a more lyrical, sweeping section, built largely in quartal and quintal harmony. The end reflects the darkness of the beginning in a different light, as it slows into a murky conclusion.”

Click here to view the musical score.
Click here to listen to Chiaroscuro.


Tony Jiang, HONORABLE MENTION

Thalassic Rhapsody
Teacher: Akira Sato
School: Plano West Senior High School

“Thalassic Rhapsody depicts anadventurous boy who has always dreamed of sailing the ocean. One day, hedecides to embark on his fantasy. Starting from the ‘C’ shore, he sails outinto the ever-modulating tides, traversing further and further away from hishome shore. He gradually begins longing to return to land, as the ocean isn’tas pleasant as it seemed from the coast. Eventually he wakes, back on his homeshore, happy and relieved.”

Click here to view the musical score.
Click here to listen to Thalassic Rhapsody.


Michael Langford, SECOND PLACE


Mists
Teacher: Cathy Koziatek
School: Plano West Senior High School

Mists illustrates the confused, random,and dangerous states of mind associated with losing one’s bearings in a cloudof mist. Through two movements, actions and reactions in shrouds of fog areexplored. The first movement includes scordatura to paint the dramatic mood. Thesecond movement, entirely pizzicato, portrays confusion through rapidmodulation and new techniques.”


Click here to view the musical score.
Click here to listen to Mists.


Yuki Osamoto, HONORABLE MENTION


Departure
Teacher: Akira Sato
School: Plano West Senior High School

“Thispiece tells a story of someone departing his old way of life for the unknown.The fanfare-like part in F major and the fast D major part represent excitementof exploration and discovery, while the slower B major and F minor part representreminiscence and reluctance to leave what is comfortable. After therecapitulation of the F and D major part, he finally departs for the unknownand everything is changed forever (key change to D major).” 

Click here to view the musical score.
Click here to listen to Departure.


Aaron Peterson, HONORABLE MENTION


Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
Teacher: Jesus Marquez
School: Richardson High School

“This work is divided into three small segments.The first segment develops a sense of rhythmic uncertainty through the use ofpolyrhythms and hemiola. The second draws the listener into a sense of rhythmicstability before completely breaking it with a section of mixed meter. Finally,the third segment recalls some of the themes from the beginning before buildingup to a final climax and ending on a triumphant major chord.”

Click here to view the musical score.
Click here to listen to Sonata for Trumpet and Piano.


 

2013 YOUNG MASTERS EXHIBITION


Works by 2013 Young Masters were exhibited December 22, 2012 through February 17, 2013 at the Dallas Museum of Art in the Concourse Gallery. An evening reception honoring the Young Masters and their teachers was held Tuesday, February 5, 2013. 

 

Guest speaker was Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.


Click to view the YouTube Video of 2013 Young Masters Awards Ceremony - DMA Horchow Auditorium



The following AP Music Theory students were selected for the 15th annual exhibition:

Trey Strickland - FIRST PLACE

Bipolarity

Teacher: Brando Pedigo
School: Plano Senior High School


Joshua Choe - SECOND PLACE

Blue Moon
Teacher: Brian Murray
School: Creekview High School
Click here to read the composer's statement.
Click here to view the musical score.
Click here to listen to Blue Moon.

 

Dylan Hunn - THIRD PLACE


Blue Dusk

Teacher: Cathy Koziatek
School: Plano West Senior High School
Click here to read the composer's statement.
Click here to view the musical score. </h3">

Click here to listen to Blue Dusk.

Click here to view DMA Late Night interview with Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News, January 18, 2013.

 

Chase Dobson - HONORABLE MENTION


Reves Etranges

Teacher: Kent Ellingson
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Click here to read the composer's statement. 

 

Josh Sniderman - HONORABLE MENTION


Requiem for Piano

Teacher: Kent Ellingson

School: Booker T. Washington HSPVA

Click here to read the composer's statement.

Click here to view the musical score.

Click here to listen to Requiem for Piano.

 

 

 

 

 


2012 Young Masters AP Arts and Music Theory Exhibition

The O'Donnell Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art hosted the Young Masters Exhibition for the fourteenth year, February 5 - April 8, 2012 in the Concourse Gallery.  An evening reception for the Young Masters, family members, teachers, and invited guests was celebrated on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 in the Atrium Café and Concourse Gallery. Winning students and teachers were introduced and honored in an awards ceremony held in the Horchow Auditorium during the evening reception; guest speaker was Olivier Meslay, DMA Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs. 


Charles Blake -- Third Place
Piano Trio in F Minor: An Argument with Doubt

Teacher: Dr. Terry Eder
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Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Piano Trio in F Minor: An Argument with Doubt

John Burnett -- First Place 
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Teacher: Kent Ellingson
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Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Sisyphean Shade

Click here to view Sisyphean Shade performed February 28, 2012.

Chase Dobson -- Second Place
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Frozen Red Sky
Teacher: Kent Ellingson
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Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Frozen Red Sky

Luke Garrison -- Honorable Mention
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Forest Festival
Teacher: Kent Ellingson
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Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Forest Festival

Josh Sniderman -- Honorable Mention
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Fugal Invention in F# Minor
Teacher: Kent Ellingson
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Composer Statement



2011 Young Masters AP Arts and Music Exhibition

The thirteenth Young Masters Exhibition was held February 26 - April 17, 2011 in the Concourse Gallery.  An evening reception for the students, their families and their teachers celebrated the exhibition on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 in the Atrium Café. Winning students and teachers were introduced and honored in an awards ceremony held in the Horchow Auditorium during the reception evening. 


John Burnett -- Second Place
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<h3">School: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Solace Through Discord


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Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Fantasy for Flute and Piano in B-flat Major


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Composer Statement

Click here to listen to Aqua ("Lighthouse", "Lunar Tides", "Tsunami-Deluge", "Submersion")

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