Houston Public Media Composer Contest
HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA COMPOSER CONTEST
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.
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 competition details, visit Houstonpublicmedia.org/arts/composer-contest.