Earlier this year, the
A few weeks ago, Koppin, 23, who now teaches vocal music at
The contest Koppin won was open to any composer in
Koppin's winning piece, "There will come Soft Rains," was inspired by a
"In this particular poem, it mentions a lot of elements of nature," he said. "I have to create the musical ideas that depict the actions and that serves as a method to weave it all together. It's more or less about finding the bread crumbs the poet left behind. Then piecing it all together."
"I believe it paints a beautiful spring scene," said
Koppin keeps up doing both composing and teaching, and this is his first year at Roland-
Koppin grew up playing the piano and being in the choir, but during his senior year, he became more enthused about singing. After being in a couple of college choirs and seeing a student from a school write music, the bug hit him. He began composing during his sophomore year.
"Writing music didn't seem that distant and unachieveable," he said.
By his senior year, the choir was singing his music. His music started out as mostly sacred music because it felt the most natural for him to write. Later, he began to branch out and based works on poetry rather than just Bible passages.
He was in a couple of bands during high school, so while there isn't much correlation between writing for a garage band and choral music, the feeling of creating music was familiar. Being in choir, he knew how the different voices work and classes taught him the background work.
Koppin said he's composed between 25 and 30 songs, of which 15 he has shared.
The piece performed at the
"There will come Soft Rains" will be performed by The Capitol Hearings on
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