The Doug and Ray Magnon Composition Competition
California composition students submitted original chamber orchestral compositions for a chance to have the composition performed by the Riverside Philharmonic during the March 2020 concert sponsored by The Magnon Foundation.
The competition provided student composers an opportunity to express their talents through the chamber orchestral media. This special projected, funded over a three-year period, was created to honor the memory of Doug and Ray Magnon and their involvement in the Riverside’s education and its community.
First Place Winner: Riverside Portraits
Composed by: Noah N. Subia-Sanchez
Born & raised in Riverside, Noah has been working on euphonium for six years and composing/arranging since his junior year of Riverside Polytechnic High School. He graduated as “Most Outstanding Musician” in the 2017 class. He went on Riverside City College where he holds the principal euphonium spot in the RCC Wind Ensemble.
Webster’s Dictionary has a definition for the expression “favorite son,” but in Riverside’s case, that would have to be enlarged to represent a father and son: Ray and Doug Magnon. While each would have been too modest to agree to “fame” as part of Webster’s meaning, the Magnons truly were well-known, and for the best of reasons: hard-working in their commercial real-estate development profession; motivated by generous hearts for the betterment of their community (leading into the formation of the Magnon Foundation for charitable activities); and being approachable and genuinely nice guys who loved fast cars, Italian culture, good food ─ and cooking it! ─ and philanthropy.
Deanna Magnon, now the leader of the family business and foundation, described her dad and brother as “always involved with the Riverside area. Both were committed to the City and County of Riverside, proudly calling this area home and always trying to make the community better.”
She reflected on how much she misses them – Ray and Doug passed away within two years of each other – and on their legacy: “They would have been so honored to know that the Magnon Foundation sponsored the Young Composers Competition as a way to give back to the community. It was such a special event, and a wonderful evening for all who attended. We look forward to helping support the competitiion again in the future.”
Ray and Doug Magnon: You touched many lives during your time on Earth and provided for your family’s contribution to Riverside’s future. Grazie e ci manchi. (Thank you, and we miss you.)
2nd Place Winner: The Aviator, Composed by Mitchell Piantanida
3rd Place Winner: Redemption, Composed by Kenneth Pasewark