Someone You Should Know: Young Composer To Debut Symphonic Piece

Someone You Should Know

Erik Mychal Anderson’s grand vision is about to come to life.

The Minot State University senior’s first ever symphonic work, called “Prologue”, will be premiered by the Minot Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

“Whatever I thought the workload was going to be, it was exponential from that,” says Anderson. He spent about four months piecing together his seven-minute symphony. From the seed of an idea, to the notes on a page, to the performers on stage.

And there are plenty of notes on those pages. “There are twenty-four individual parts in this,” Anderson explains.

In preparation for Saturday’s debut, Anderson has been collaborating closely with the Minot Symphony Orchestra and its director, Efraín Amaya.

“We need to encourage young people to write for orchestra,” Amaya says. “To keep the orchestra alive, so to speak.”

He says he created the Young Composer Competition to give people like Erik an experience beyond the classroom. “Writing and hearing it played—that’s really the best teacher there is.”

“There are a couple moments where I’m really pleased with how it worked out, and I nerd out about it,” Anderson says with a laugh.

What he calls “nerding out” to music isn’t uncommon for Erik; his parents both hold doctorates in music and teach at the college.

“I grew up listening to them play, learning to play myself,” he says. “My younger brothers all play music. We all just live in this world of a lot of music.”

And now that every note is in its proper place, Anderson is looking forward to the moment his “Prologue” reaches the grand finale.

Erik Mychal Anderson is someone you should know.

Indeed, Erik’s piece, “Prologue”, serves as something of a prologue for the young composer: he plans to attend graduate school this fall to study music composition.

Click here to learn more about this Saturday’s performance by the Minot Symphony Orchestra, and to reserve your tickets for the concert.

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