Unique stories: Podcast spotlights young Native composers

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For 20 years now (excluding 2020 for obvious reasons), a handful of people at the Grand Canyon have been treated to a professional string quartet playing pieces composed by Navajo and Hopi high school students as part of the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

The pieces — the first compositions for most of the teens — vary in quality, but the stories behind them are what intrigue composer Michael Begay of Tuba City, who coached a lot of them under the festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project.

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