Local composer wins international competition

Out of 800 entries for the Best Composition/Score category, Penny Corris ­— a local composer from Hartland, Wisconsin — received first place in an international music competition.

Penny Corris

The competition, The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, took place in Hollywood, California during April 24-27, 2019. Corris, a classically trained composer with a degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, won for her piece titled “Romance.”

Corris found it exciting to be in Hollywood and meet women composers from around the world. “Of course, the biggest thrill was winning,” she said.

This is the second time Corris won an international music competition; her “Mi-Ha-Ish” received first place in the Liturgical category of an international Jewish song competition.

Corris’ Symphony No. 1 will be premiered by Matthew Makeever and the Milwaukee Philharmonic on July 6, 2019. The free concert is at 8 p.m. in the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.