Bridlewood resident Victor Borba is a finalist in the second annual Conservatory Canada Creative Composer’s Competition.
The Holy Trinity Catholic High School student’s original piano piece, A Change of Heart, is one of six entries vying for the top spot in the competition.
“I hope people have a chance to listen to all six compositions and decide (to vote) based on what they feel,” said Victor.
The inspiration for A Change of Heart came from the metal band Dream Theatre.
“My inspiration for this song in particular was the band Dream Theater, and more specifically the solo work of their keyboardist, Jordan Rudess,” said Victor, who according to his YouTube bio, has been playing the piano since he was four.
He first wrote A Change of Heart more than a year ago. Earlier this year, he revised the musical composition and reposted it online.
“Most people say that they are inspired by something in particular when they write a song, but for me, I find a cool musical idea, build on it, and that’s how I make music,” he said.
Victor was also responsible for editing the Holy Trinity Style video that has been viewed more than 21,000 times on YouTube.
The public can choose the winner of the contest by voting for their favourite entry on the Creative Composer’s Competition Facebook page until Nov. 10.
“This year, we decided to use social media to generate even more excitement and awareness about the contest,” said Victoria Warwick, Conservatory Canada national executive director, in a press release. “I think people will be amazed by what they hear, and I encourage everyone to vote and share the page.”
The six finalists are:
* Victor Borba, from Kanata.
* Catherine He, from Toronto.
* Matthew Emery, from London, Ont.
* Philip Manning, from Victoria.
* Jacob Ridgway, from Edmonton.
* Sydney Griffith, from Kamloops, B.C.
The first place winner will receive a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade and a digital recorder. Winning compositions will also be included in a new Mayfair Music publication.
“Conservatory Canada is delighted to support and encourage the next generation of Canadian composers by providing them with critical feedback from professionals in the field, and by presenting their work to the public,” Warwick said.
More than 100 entries were submitted from across the country. The winners will be announced at Conservatory Canada’s national convocation, held Nov. 24 in London, Ont.