Elizabeth Vitu recently sent the following e-mail to the GCNA chat group, commenting on a French newspaper article she attached:
Featured in this Perpignan newspaper article is our colleague Mitchell
Stecker, who has won first prize in the city’s carillon composition
competition. His work was premiered on Saturday April 5th on the Perpignan
cathedral carillon by the cathedral carillonneurs to approximately 175
people including the mayor of Perpignan and other local dignitaries.
Present in the photo during the press conference are myself, Mitchell and
Sacred Music Festival director Elisabeth Dooms.
Pete Olejar, 2nd prize winner, was unable to attend the press conference as
the rendezvous unfortunately conflicted with his itinerary.
For those of you who don’t read French, the article quotes Mitchell several
times: “I wasn’t satisfied with my composition and almost didn’t send it
in.”…..”My first day at university, I heard the carillon being played and
said to myself, ‘I just have to learn this instrument!'”…..and….”Winning
this competition gave me the perfect excuse to come to France. I even
obtained a grant to finance my trip.”
I wanted to share this with you, so that you in turn can congratulate
Mitchell on his achievement.