Mid Day Concert Series to feature Alaric Coussons
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The Mid Day Concert Series at New Visions Gallery will feature musician and composer Alaric Coussons on Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. The concert, which will take place just outside the gallery, is free and open to the public.
Coussons is a young, award-winning composer and arranger from Wrightstown. Recording his first album when he was only 17, he went on to write a number of orchestral, choral, chamber, pep band, educational, film, and electronic-dance works. As a teenager, Coussons won numerous state and national awards.
Within the past six years, Coussons has won second place in the Wisconsin High School Music Association Composition Competition in the choral division; won both the UW-Stevens Point Orchestral Composition Competition and the UWSP College of Natural Resources annual documentary scoring competition, where he was the first UWSP freshman to win both awards in the same year; won first place in the Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition in the choral division; won the UWSP Choral Competition; and was the co-winner for the UWSP Wind Ensemble Composition Competition.
In the summer of 2010, Coussons attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Program in Michigan to study composition under Libby Larson and Edward Knight. He has studied violin for 13 years under Yuliya Smead and Steve Bjella. In addition to violin, he is an accomplished pianist and will be performing on piano during the concert at New Visions Gallery. Currently a senior at the UWSP, Coussons is studying music theory and composition under nationally renowned wind ensemble composer Dr. Charles Rochester Young.