Keva McMorrow, who grew up in the Tri-Cities, is making a name for herself in the music world.
McMorrow, who lives in the Seattle area, recently was named Washington State Composer of the Year, and her winning musical score, Evening River Echoes, has earned a place of prominence in the National Library of Commissioned Composers.
It also means her work has been entered into the 2011 U.S. Composer of the Year contest.
"I was chosen by the Washington State Music Teachers Association 2010 composition committee," McMorrow told the Herald via e-mail this week. "They make the decision based on a composer's activity in the state and general standard of composition throughout the years."
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McMorrow, a 1971 graduate of Richland High, said her score was inspired by childhood memories of nights spent at her family's cabin.
"Evening River Echoes describes a child's dream as she falls asleep on the deck of her family's cabin overlooking the Russian River in Northern California," McMorrow said.
"There are echoes of gypsy encampment, chamber music from the nearby Bohemian Club, sounds of animals, of people laughing, fighting, swimming and partying all swirling in the child's soul as the summer evening progresses.
"It describes the life around the river more than the river itself. It was composed for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion."
McMorrow, the daughter of Burt and Artis Vaughan of Richland, also is one of the founding members of the Tri-City musical organization Camarata Musica.
"Before Camarata Musica even had a permanent location, my piano teacher Eleanor Haney, had us ring people's doorbells in Richland and ask if they would like to come hear an afternoon of classical chamber music," McMorrow said. "They became quite popular living room events and eventually, Camarata Musica was offered its current home at the Battelle Auditorium. It's hard to believe that such a successful organization has such humble roots."
Evening River Echoes on CD is available at Music Unlimited. The store also carries McMorrow's holiday CD Classic Holiday Favorites. The store is at 1360 Jadwin Ave., in Richland.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org