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Andrew Yorke Wins Dallas Chamber Symphony's First Annual Sight of Sound Film Competition

International film competition featured new visual works set to classical music with Symphony performing finalists' works live-to-film. 13-year-old local student wins Audience Favorite Award at April 29th season finale.

The Dallas Chamber Symphony is pleased to announce that Dallas-based filmmaker Andrew Yorke has received the Best Picture Award at the DCS's First Annual Sight of Sound International Film Competition. Earlier in the year, the Dallas Chamber Symphony called on all types of filmmakers from around the world to create new, short, silent films for selections of classical music. For the DCS's season finale on Tuesday, April 29, three finalist films were screened as the Symphony performed live-to-film.

According to Dallas Chamber Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, Sight of Sound was a resounding success. "We were thrilled with both the unique film submissions we received, as well as the evening's audience turnout - our highest-to-date."

The Sight of Sound International Film Competition represents another first for both the Dallas Chamber Symphony and for fine arts in North Texas. The organization has become renowned in the area for its innovative concerts which pair classic silent movies to newly commissioned musical scores. Sight of Sound - which explores the opposite of this creative cinematic process - is also the first event of its kind in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The jury panel for this year's event consisted of Brian Satterwhite, professional film composer; Dean Terry, media artist and educator; and Barbara Vance, award-winning author, illustrator and educator. The panel selected Andrew Yorke's film, "Daydreaming at Midnight" as the grand prize winner. Additional finalists were Tosca Langbert and Montserrat Martinez.

After the screening, audience members were asked during intermission to text a vote for their favorite film. 13-year-old Tosca Langbert's film "Pest Control" was chosen as the audience favorite. Both Yorke and Langbert received a $500 cash prize. For more information about the Sight of Sound International Film Competition, visit To view the winning films:

"Daydreaming at Midnight" by Andrew Yorke -

"Pest Control" by Tosca Langbert -

Launched in September 2012, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is the newest professional performance ensemble in North Texas. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, it is comprised of close to 40 musicians, all dedicated to building a chamber orchestra whose mission is to perform a balance of programs that include underrepresented and standard repertory, contemporary music, staged works, and pieces with extra-musical elements, such as film, actors, dancers, and narrators. The DCS performs at the state-of-the-art Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. The DCS also provides educational and community programming, including an International Piano Competition at SMU, the Sight of Sound Film Competition, a free App for mobile devices in the App Store, and free pre-concert conversations. For more information, visit

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