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Contest: Help Title This New Cello Piece

A New Piece by Rain Worthington for Unaccompanied Cello

Composer Rain Worthington

Composer Rain Worthington

Composer Rain Worthington has a new composition for unaccompanied cello, and it needs a title. We thought it might be fun for one of our Cello Museum family members to help her name the piece, so we are making the process into a contest.

Listen to the Untitled Piece

You may have noticed that we don’t often share videos with midi cello sounds. The Cello Museum, by definition cello-centric, focuses on real cellos and cellists rather than synthesized ones. However, as this work is so new that the ink is still drying, we are making an exception, so that you can listen to it to help give you inspiration for your title ideas.

How to Enter the Contest

Contact us with your suggested title and your name as you’d like it to appear in publicity if your title is the winner.

Optional: Tell us what inspired your title suggestion.

All entries must be received by midnight EST on 10 March 2021.


First Prize

The Cello Museum Mug - White with black logo and black handle and interiorCello Museum T-Shirt

The first prize, for the first person who suggests the winning title, includes:

  • Their name on the title page of the sheet music
  • A PDF copy of the sheet music
  • A CD that includes another of Rain Worthington’s cello pieces, Full Circle.
  • Your choice of either a Cello Museum mug or a Cello Museum T-shirt

Runners Up

The other nine entries in the top ten will receive a copy of the PDF of the sheet music of the (currently) untitled piece.

Judging of Contest Entries

After the contest deadline, The Cello Museum will send Rain Worthington all of the entries with no identifying information such as name or email – only a number on a list. She will then choose the top 10 entries and the winner of the first prize. The Cello Museum will then contact the winners in order to send out prizes.

Read About and Listen to Another Piece by Rain Worthington

In her series “That’s What She Said . . . Unaccompanied Cello Works by Women Composers,” Erica Lessie featured another one of Rain Worthington’s unaccompanied cello pieces: “Then Again.” Listen to it and read more about it here.

Rain Worthington

Rain Worthington

“There is a deep interiority to this music . . . a composer of considerable imagination, emotional  expressiveness, and poetic sensibility.” – American Record Guide

Self-taught in composition, Rain Worthington’s catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles,  duos, solos, and miniatures. Her writing has been described in the IAWM Journal as “a fusion of styles— ancient, medieval modality and sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to  basic ideas—to capture components of the human experience.”

Performances of Worthington’s compositions have spanned the globe from Brazil to Iceland, Cyprus to  Korea, Italy to India. Her work takes “. . . ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a  familiar, yet very different park” – Chamber Music.

2020 performances of her orchestral works featured Still Motion performed at Carnegie Hall and Yet Still  Night at the TUTTI Festival, Denison University. Worthington received 2020 commissions from violinist  Audrey Wright and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Since 2010 Navona Records has released Worthington’s chamber and orchestral music, with 2020/2021  releases for two new orchestral works. Her solo orchestral album “DREAM VAPORS” generated positive critical acclaim.

Worthington is Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers.