Earlier this month, students in grades K - 5 met Matt Van Brink, composer of Animal Estates Home Buyers' Tour, a musical for young audiences. Matt shared his songs and spoke about the composing process, explaining to the kids that he began by writing lyrics for other people's music before composing his own. He also showed the kids how music can fit with specific emotions.
Wooster students will be performing Animal Estates Home Buyers' Tour as part of their Spring Concert and sang several songs for Matt. The afternoon wrapped up as he answered questions that the children had about his music and being a composer.
About Matt Van Brink
Matt Van Brink balances a chameleonic career as a composer, songwriter, educator, and performer. He has composed and arranged over seventy works for a variety of ensembles across many genres and his catalog includes orchestra, chamber, and solo instrumental pieces, choral and vocal compositions, plus musical theater, music for young performers and audiences, and arrangements. His work ranges from the traditional to the quirky, and has been published, recorded and performed around the world. Van Brink teaches at Concordia College New York and Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, N.Y., where he mentors students and writes music for Conservatory ensembles.