24 students compete in Swallow Hill Music’s
5th annual Young Songwriters Competition.
Judges Esme Patterson, Chris “Citrus” Sauthoff and Jen Lapinski give
feedback during a live performance on April 26.
For the past five springs, Swallow Hill Music has highlighted the Front Range’s rising musicians during its Young Songwriters Competition. The competition seeks young and burgeoning talent to submit his or her best singer/songwriter material. This year, 24 middle and high school students have submitted their work, and 12 will be selected to perform live in front of judges on Friday, April 26.
This competition has more than doubled in size from its inception, drawing young artists from around the Denver Metro area. “We are excited to be hosting the 5th annual Young Songwriters Competition,” says School Director Michael Schenkelberg. “This a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the exceptional talent of Denver’s up and coming artists. Swallow Hill Music is proud to continue our support of the vibrant music scene in our city in our fourth decade. From The Lumineers to Patrick Dethlefs, Swallow Hill Music has been associated with some of the best new musicians in the national spotlight.” Patrick Dethlefs won the Young Songwriters Competition in 2009 and will open for O.A.R. at the Spring Back to Vail Festival in April.
Judging the competition this year is Esme Patterson of Paper Bird, and Chris “Citrus” Sauthoff and Jen Lapinski, both musicians and faculty members at Swallow Hill Music. Prizes include a three-song live set on KGNU 88.5FM’s Hwy 322 program, a recording studio scholarship, and a spot in the line-up of the Old South Gaylord Street Festival.
For more information, please visit www.swallowhillmusic.org. Thank you for supporting music education at Swallow Hill Music!
About Swallow Hill Music:
Swallow Hill Music has been helping people make and enjoy music since 1979. As it celebrates its 33rd year, it is proud to be known as one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States to serve as a source for roots, folk and acoustic music.
Swallow Hill Music serves more than 120,000 people through its concert, school and outreach programming.
Three concert venues at its facility on 71 E. Yale Ave. offer more than 200 performances a year, featuring local, national and international talent. In addition, Swallow Hill Music presents and produces its annual Rootsfest celebration, one of the largest annual ukulele festivals in the world, Denver Ukefest, concerts at the L2 Arts & Culture Center in Capitol Hill, at Four Mile Historic Park, at the Old South Pearl St. summer street fairs, and at the Denver Botanic Gardens for its long-running and esteemed Summer Concert Series.
A faculty of 60+ instructors provides music education to over 5,000 students who participated in hundreds of classes, workshops and private lessons for instruments and interests of all kinds. In addition, the Swallow Hill Music School reaches over 15,000 students through educational K-12 outreach programs in schools across the Front Range.
Swallow Hill Music is proud to be one of the 26 local nonprofits that are recognized as an SCFD Tier II Arts and Cultural organization. In addition to funding from SCFD and program revenue from concerts and classes, Swallow Hill Music relies on foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and the generosity of individual donors and the 2,300 dedicated members of our unique musical community. This support allows Swallow Hill Music to continue connecting people to the power of music by providing a place to celebrate and enjoy music in both the classroom and on stage.
WHAT: Swallow Hill Music’s Young Songwriters Competition
WHEN: Friday, April 26 at 7pm
WHERE: Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 80210