Ode to the Future

Five high school students from across Oregon were chosen to work with professional composer and Philip H. Knight professor of music Robert Kyr to compose variations on Beethoven's most famous work – the "Ode to Joy" theme from his Ninth Symphony.

Watch their reactions as the Eugene Symphony performs their finished piece in front of a live audience for the first time.

This project was made possible with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Learn more about the "Ode to the Future" project in this article from Oregon Quarterly.