Granby student wins young poets competition

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Noelle Tackett with Ellen Gilson Voth Submitted photo

Nature’s Music, a poem by Noelle Tackett, daughter of David and Sarah Tackett, was selected by composer Ellen Gilson Voth to be set to music in a new piece commissioned by the Farmington Valley Chorale. To mark its 50th anniversary in 2020, the chorale looked to young poets for an original poem that explores a theme related to how music affects us or has an impact on our lives. Noelle’s poem was selected, with one other, from student submissions in the Greater Hartford area.

Noelle, who is 14 and home schooled, moved to Granby with her family in April 2019. She told Voth, “One of the things I love about poetry is that I can express myself with no boundaries.”

The musical composition will premiere in Simsbury on May 9 at the chorale’s anniversary concert.