PSC announces winner of the 2017 Winter Carol Composition Competition

(Portland, OR) Portland Symphonic Choir is excited to announce Shlomo Farber as winner of the 2017 Winter Carol Composition Competition for his arrangement of “Maoz Tsur.”

There were thirty-one compositions submitted from composers all over the United States. A selection committee comprised of members of Portland Symphonic Choir’s Artistic Development Committee, its Board of Directors and Guest Artistic Director Dr. Samuel Barbara had a difficult time selecting a winner due to the high quality of submissions. Artistic Development Committee chair and board member, Mark Slegers said, “It was an honor to review the competition submissions. The level of talent displayed was incredibly high. We are excited for the choir to premiere a work that truly impressed us and will enhance our audiences’ experience at Wintersong this holiday season.”

The Winter Carol Composition Competition is presented by Pacific University providing a $500 cash prize for the winning composer along with the opportunity for Portland Symphonic Choir to premiere the work during its 2017 Wintersong Concert. “Pacific University is proud to support opportunities that enable composers to have their works performed for our community,” said Dr. Scott Tuomi Music Department Chair and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Pacific University.

Guest Artistic Director Dr. Samuel Barbara conducts the 2017 Wintersong Concert themed, “A Glorious Light” featuring this new arrangement of Maoz Tsur by Shlomo Farber as well as John Rutter’s “Gloria,” a variety of traditional holiday carols and Malcolm Dalglish’s “A Star in the East” accompanied by a virtuosic Hammer Dulcimer.

Wintersong concerts are December 9th at 7:30 p.m. and December 10th at 3 p.m. at Rose City Park United Methodist Church. More info and tickets:

About the composer:
Shlomo Michael Farber was born in 1986 in Rohovot, Israel. Growing up at the settlement “Hashmonaim,” Shlomo was exposed primarily to Jewish folk music and developed an interest in Jazz after starting piano lessons at age 9. Attending a religious musical high school, Shlomo graduated majoring in Jazz Piano. Shlomo Served in the IDF (Israel defense force) between 2008 and 2011 and studied piano and composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. After graduating in 2013 Shlomo moved to Portland, Oregon and started working as a piano instructor in the Portland area. Shlomo is currently graduating from the University of Chichester earning a master’s degree in Cinematic Orchestration. Shlomo joined the Portland Symphonic Choir in 2015 singing bass.