Houston Public Media Composer Contest

Houston Public Media Composer Contest


Houston Public Media and Discovery Green invited Houston-area composers to reinterpret classic silent films for a new audience through the Houston Public Media Composer Contest. Deadline for submissions closed on July 31, 2014. 

Congratulations to our two winners, Jaime Arroyo Jr. and Gerald Massoud! In addition to each receiving a cash prize of $1,500, Arroyo and Massoud will present their original winning musical scores live on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 as part of Houston Public Media’s Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green. For more details about the event on Nov. 14, click here

The Contest, presented alongside the Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green, received 29 entries from Houston area musicians who submitted their original composition synced to silent film movie clips. Judges for the competition included Graham Reynolds, Austin-based composer who created the original score for “Bernie,” and Jeffrey Mills, president and chairman of Documentary Alliance, a Houston-based nonprofit film, video and multimedia organization. 
Arroyo, age 27, submitted a score for a clip from “The Boat,” a silent film directed by Buster Keaton and Edward Cline. From a very young age Arroyo has had an interest in music. At age 14 he discovered his passion for the piano and upon devoting hours and hours of practice, he soon excelled. After graduating high school, Arroyo attended Mediatech Institute in Houston to study recording arts. Since then, he’s been producing, programming, arranging and recording for national and local artists.  

Massoud, age 30, submitted a score for a clip from “The Rink,” a silent film directed by Charles Chaplin. An accomplished bassist, Massoud is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Houston and holds a Master of Music from the University of Houston and music and business management degrees from the University of Arizona. Able to play any style of music from classical to jazz to country to hip-hop, Massoud started playing electric bass in high school and soon discovered a passion for the acoustic bass as well. He has studied and performed with many notable musicians. He is also working on music composition and his latest large work, Symphony No. 1, is a piece for symphony and jazz orchestra.

Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green

For the last 4 years, Discovery Green and Houston Public Media have partnered to provide a free-to-the-public arts series that presents the showing of silent films accompanied by a live orchestra performing an original score. This year, the series presents four free movie-and-concert events at Discovery Green, downtown Houston’s premiere urban park. Each event attracts an estimated 1,000 attendees, including families and young professionals. This series supports Houston Public Media’s and Discovery Green’s shared goal of making performance art accessible to the community.

For competition details, visit Houstonpublicmedia.org/arts/composer-contest