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Austin Ali
Timothy Dow
Amy Gravell
Maximilien Hein
Alan Mackwell
Sophie Mathieu
Paul Novak
Matthew C. Thomas
Isaac Villaroya
Dara Wenjia Li

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Dara Wenjia Li

Instrumental Music : Large Ensemble


Gaia embodies all physical and living systems, working in harmony to sustain a balance on Earth. This piece follows Gaia's discovery of Her identity, both in relations to Her residents – like us – and to the larger space that surrounds Her. Gaia struggles to compensate for the damages resulting from our prioritization of our convenience over the environment's wellbeing. But as environmental awareness rises, Gaia proudly fights to maintain our comfortable, nurturing planet. Although this uphill battle is far from conquered, acknowledging our influential roles in an integrated web of life helps us realize our importance to Gaia and Gaia's importance to us. As James Lovelock reminded in his book The Revenge of Gaia, "Through us, Gaia has seen herself from space and begins to know her place in the universe. We should be the heart and mind of the Earth, not its malady... We should remember that we are part of Gaia, and she is indeed our home."


Full Score$35.00
Set of parts$50.00

Dara Wenjia Li

Dara Wenjia Li, from Plano, TX, graduated as valedictorian of Plano West Senior High and is currently studying music and biology at Harvard. She started learning piano at age six, the violin at agenine, and has been composing for 13 years. Her symphonic piece entitled Bosque del Apache was performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Her composition Shangri-La was performed by the ASO in 2016. Dara is a student composer with the Harvard New Music Initiative and has studied composition with Dr. Osnat Netzer, Dr. Chaya Czernowin, Dr. Robert Kyr, and Dr. Carl van Wyk. Sheis also an MTNA national finalist, four time TMTA original composition contest winner, ten time Texas PTA Reflections Contest Award of Excellence winner, first place winner of the 2015 Dallas Museum of Arts Young Masters Competition,and has had her score on display at the DMA twice. She was awarded the $20,000 Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship from the O’Donnell foundation.


Dara is also a passionate scientific researcher. She is a two-time Intel International Science Fair winner and was awarded the NASA, U.S. Navy, Sigma Xi, and Ricoh international research awards. She was also honored by the MIT Lincoln Laboratories with a minor planet named after her. She spends her free time working as an EMT with the Harvard Crimson EMS and as a tutor with the Harvard Student Agencies.

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