School of Music

Silver Melted Into Sound

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Date and Overview

May 6, 2022
Wright State Dayton Campus

Silver Melted Into Sound is a music festival for concert band, vocal ensemble, and string orchestra designed to support the programming of diverse composers held on May 6, 2022, on the campus of Wright State University.

Performing Ensembles will have 20 minutes on stage in Schuster Hall or in the Festival Theater to perform for feedback from a panel of adjudicators. This 20-minute block will include time to enter and exit the stage. Directors may decide how they wish to use their performance time from the following options:

  • Perform one large work by an underrepresented composer
  • Perform two works, one of which must be by an underrepresented composer
  • Perform three works, two of which must be by an underrepresented composer.

Underrepresented composers are defined as people of color, women, or other marginalized gender identities.

After their performance, students will meet with a composer for an interactive discussion about the importance of having many voices represented in music literature and the value of performing works by underrepresented composers.

Musicians and Artists

Avious Jackson

Avious Jackson's Bio

Shelley Jagow

Shelley Jagow's Bio

Mario Clopton-Zymler

Mario Clopton-Zymler's Bio

Ginger Minneman

Ginger Minneman's Bio

Gretchen McNamara

Gretchen McNamara's Bio

Amy Kollar Anderson

Amy Kollar Anderson's Bio

Bill Jobert

Bill Jobert's Bio


$50 Registration Fee per ensemble

Registration Deadline: April 22, 2022

Schedule of Performances

The schedule of performing ensembles will be posted here once ensembles begin to register.

Silver Melted Into Sound Composition Competition

Composition Contest Rules and Regulations

In alignment with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant awarded to the School of Music for the new music festival, Silver Melted into Sound, this Composition Contest is designed to increase repertoire written by people of color, women, and other marginalized genders and/or draw attention to a leading minority poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The composition must be written for one of the following ensembles:

  • Concert Band – standard instrumentation
  • String Orchestra
  • Chorus – SATB

In celebration of his birth 150 years ago, the composition must be inspired by the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

  • Priority will be given to BIPOC and women or non-binary composers
  • Entry Fee: $50

Registration will open on February 1, 2022.

Entry Information

  • Entries must be received via email to by March 31, 2022, and will not be considered without a paid $50 registration fee. In your email submission, please include your name and your diversity qualifications. 
  • Entries must include a pdf score and a .mp3 or .wav sound file of the composition
  • The winning composition will be announced at the Silver Melted into Sound Music Festival on Friday, May 6, 2022.
  • The winning Competition will receive a $250 cash prize and a world premiere performance by a Wright State University music ensemble in the Fall of 2022.

The following poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar have been pre-selected for use in this Composition Contest.

Collaborative Partnerships

Silver Melted Into Sound and the celebration of diverse artists have created partnerships across the Wright State University campus. Collaboration of ideas and the sharing of resources have come from faculty, students, and administration to make this event a reality.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American literary figures to garner critical acclaim on a national scale. Although he lived just thirty-three years, Dunbar's contributions in a variety of genres left a legacy that endures today.  His poetry has a lyricism and rhythmic pulses that feel like music. With his connections to Dayton and Wright State University, it seemed fitting to draw our inspiration and festival title from a line of Dunbar’s poetry. 







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