The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Project

Scott Brittenham leads Clean Energy Capital, LLC, as the Tucson, Arizona, investment firm’s president and chief executive officer. Outside of his professional activities, Scott Brittenham supports several local organizations, including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

In addition to holding regular performances, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra operates a number of educational programs for students and the general public. For the last two decades, the organization has offered its Young Composers Project program to elementary through high school students who have an interest in learning to compose music.

Participants in the annual program, which is held from September to May, meet twice per month with contemporary composers, orchestral musicians, conductors, and other professionals who help them explore the composition process. The program ends in May with a public reading session, where the participants’ pieces are performed by either the Tucson Symphony Orchestra or the TSO Quintet. Since it was launched in 1993, the Young Composers Project has helped produce over 300 new pieces written by young composers.

Practicing Ashtanga Yoga

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Scott Brittenham serves as the president and CEO of Clean Energy Capital, LLC, which he also co-founded. As an investor with more than 30 years of experience in the field, Mr. Brittenham offers his talents to the company through the evaluation, structuring, and execution of major financial transactions. When he is not focused on his career, Scott Brittenham enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests that include practicing ashtanga yoga, a specific style of yoga steeped in ancient tradition.

Ashtanga was introduced to the West by Sri Pattabhi Jois, who taught it for decades until his death in 2009. Ashtanga yoga, which translates to mean “eight-limbed yoga,” is performed in conjunction with eight practices of spiritual cleansing, half of which are internally cleansing. The other half are externally cleansing. The ashtanga system incorporates control over the body with control over the mind.

Vinyasa and tristhana are two performance techniques employed in ashtanga yoga. Vinyasa refers to the system of coordinating breathing and movement, while tristhana references three places of attention: posture, breathing, and a place to look while performing poses, which coordinate with the yoga style’s three levels of purification that include the body, nervous system and mind. Asana refers to posture, whereby the body is aligned and detoxified, while ujjayi is the breathing technique employed during ashtanga yoga. Dristhl refers to the place to look, meaning a person finds a spot to gaze at and focus on during asanas.