Friendswood High School senior Julian Falco is turning heads with his composition skills. His newest orchestra piece, "Prism Skyline", was chosen to be performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in June 2018. In being selected he wins a $500 prize.
Falco's piece was one of eight to be selected out of 25 submitted in the 8th Annual Sarah and Ernest Butler Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition. It is open to students 18 and younger, where they can submit compositions exclusively for orchestra.
The competition was judged by the Ars Nova Music Publishers in Seattle, WA. Ars Nova says this is always a difficult task for the panel due to the abundance of very fine scores submitted.
The eight pieces will be premiered by the Austin Symphony on June 16th. Falco will attend 2 days of rehearsals with all of travel expenses covered.
This is not the first-time Falco has been recognized for his compositional talent. He wrote a piece for Wind Ensemble called "Reflection" and earned 4th in the nation in the National Federation Music Teacher Conference Competition. "Prism Skyline", was entered in the same MFMTC Composition Contest and has so far won at the State and Multi-State levels and has advanced to Nationals. He is waiting on results for that.
Falco is a four-year member of the FHS Wind Ensemble and a three-year All-State Flute player. Gregory Dick is the Head Band Director at FHS and Dr. Hsiao-Lan Wang is his composition teacher.