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Music Students Win Composers Competition

West Chester University music composition students were among the winning composers in a competition organized by Philadelphia Composer' Ink.

In what is Philadelphia Composers' Ink's first competition, Natalie Dietterich, a senior from Harleysville, Pa., and first-year graduate student Peter Christian '13 of Allentown, Pa., participated in creating a collaborative work for standard string quartet entitled "Airs of Other Planets." Each of the nine movements is based on a planet and each was created by a different composer.

Composition winners were selected on the basis of their musical mastery, cohesiveness with the other movements, and level of difficulty. The composers had to be at the start of their careers, emerging in the composition world, and not yet published.

The composition premiered Jan. 12 at the First Baptist Church on Rittenhouse Square.

Philadelphia Composers’ Ink, founded in 2013, brings new music to the Philadelphia community in monthly concerts that include discussions of the craft of composing.

With departments in music theory, history and composition, applied music, and music education, West Chester University’s School of Music is among a small number of prestigious “All Steinway” schools worldwide.