In Friday’s (11/5) Sacramento Bee, Edward Ortiz writes, “One of the more unusual breeding grounds for composers in Northern California is not found in San Francisco or Sacramento, but in the rolling hills of Nevada County. The Sierra foothills, which spawned the likes of composer Terry Riley, is home of the Young Composers program run through the Grass Valley-based music presenter Music in the Mountains. Although its focus is presenting a summer and winter classical music festival, MIM also trains young musicians in composition, and four of them are the focus of the documentary ‘My Musical Life.’ The 30-minute film, directed by five-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mike Bloebaum, airs at 6 p.m. Sunday on KVIE Channel 6. The film tracks harpist Sage Po, guitarist Dylan Rodrigue, pianist Molly Roth and violinist Galen Fraser as they develop as composers. … The Young Composers program was started by Music in the Mountains in 2002 and open to fifth-graders and older. The first performances of the program’s works were presented at Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest concert series during the program’s inaugural year. Since that time, the program has become a collaborative effort between Music in the Mountains and the Nevada County Composers Cooperative. Nevada County composers Mark Vance and Jerry Grant conduct the program.”

Posted November 8, 2010