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Contest honors the College's singing tradition

10/20/2010

After 100 years, it's time for some new music. In honor of the Centennial, the College is hosting a Centennial Song Contest.

All students, alumni and current and former faculty and staff members are invited to write original music and lyrics for the song. The winner, who will be selected by the Centennial Song Contest Committee, will receive a $1,500 grand prize. For official contest rules, visit centennialsong.conncoll.edu.

For a College with a long tradition of singing, the contest is a natural.

Music Professor Midge Thomas, chair of the Centennial Song Contest Committee, said the goal is not to replace the College's alma mater, but to instead have a fresh, singable song that can be performed at a variety of events.

"The College's alma mater will always be with us, but we want to celebrate the Centennial with a new song that will be appropriate for celebrations throughout the year and well into the future," Thomas said. "The author of the Centennial Song will forever hold a place in Connecticut College history."

Songs can be up to four minutes in length and should celebrate Connecticut College's history and school spirit. Entries must be set in music notation, either for voice with piano or for chorus.

Song submissions will be judged based on theme, singability and suitability for performance in various settings. In addition to Thomas, the committee includes Paul Althouse and Jim McNeish from the Music Department, Fred Duey '09 and Kristin Kerr '11.

All entries must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 15, 2011. Entries should be mailed to:

Centennial Song Contest Committee
Campus Box 5288
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

For media inquiries, please contact:
Matt Engelhardt (860) 439-2505, mengelha@conncoll.edu
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu



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