The National Association for Music Education holds three student competitions each school year: the Student Composer Competition, the Electronic Music Composition Competition, and the Student Songwriter Competition, all open to students from kindergarten through middle school/ diploma. This fall, the winners of the 2022 contests were announced.
RESTON, Go., November 2, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) holds three student competitions each school year: the Student Composer Competition, the Electronic Music Composition Competition and the Student Songwriter Competition, all open from kindergarten to college/diploma. students. This fall, the winners of the 2022 contests were announced.
The NAFME Student Composers competition highlights original music written by student composers. Students from primary, secondary, college and doctoral schools submitted their work to the competition. Selected composers receive cash prizes, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philippe Lasser, President). All participants also receive written evaluations of their compositions. Selected works will be presented at the 2022 NAFME National Conference at National Harbor, Marylandon November 4.
These composers have been selected as winners of the 2022 Student Composers Competition:
K-8 “War Cry” by Kiefer Bernard
buzz Aldrin College, Montclair, New Jersey
Teacher: Pierre Abazia
High school: “There will come gentle rains” by Aiden Levendofsky
Rock Creek High School, St. George, Kansas
Teacher: Jay Koupal
High school: “Semper Incedendo” by Matthew Cline
American School of Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Teacher: Karolina Pek
High School Honorable Mention: “Jabberwocky” by Joseph Lim
Edgemont High School, Scarsdale, NY
Teacher: John Catoliato
High School Honorable Mention: “Hazakura” by Aaron Kaufman
Conemaugh Township Area High School, Davidsville, Pennsylvania
Teacher: HusbandGrace Lingenfelter
Collegiate/Graduate School: Ryan Flat’s “Springtime”
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
College/Graduate School: “Token of gratitude” by Jamey Boezi
The Ohio State University, ColumbusOhio
Honorable Mention from Collegiate/Graduate School: “My Life Closed Twice Before It Ended” by AJ Francisco
Former Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Listen to all the winning and honorable mention student compositions here.
The NAFME Electronic Music Composition Competition rewards outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Entries are judged on aesthetic quality, use of electronic media, and power of composition.
NAFME member judges selected the winners in three categories: K-8; grades 9 to 12; and college/graduate school. Each participant must be sponsored by a member of NAFME or be a member in good standing of NAFME Collegiate. Submitted compositions had to be 5 minutes or less and be electronically composed or include electronic instruments (vocal and/or acoustic instruments could be combined with electronic instruments).
Selected composers receive cash prizes. All participants will receive written evaluations of their work.
“No Shame in Games” by Ethan Guan
The Harker School, San Jose, California
Teacher: Susan Nace
K-8 Honorable Mentions:
Ethereal by Anthony Gibson
School of Friends of Mullica Hill, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Teacher: Kathleen Hayden
Wasabi Rice Crackers by Elizabeth Hadley
McConnell College, Loganville, Georgia
Teacher: Christopher Jones
High school winners:
“Falling Off the Edge of That Cinder Block Building” by Bella Chain
“Spring” by Dominique Labuguen
Ocean Grove Charter School, Placerville, California
Teacher: Therese Labuguen
High School Honorable Mentions:
“World in Your Soul” by Ben Caspar
Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota
Teacher: Aaron Cole
“Mammatus Cloud” by Robin Gillespie
North Sachem High School, Ronkonkoma Lake, New York
Teacher: Mike Carroll
College/Graduate School Winner:
“Orchids” by Daniel Speal
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Honorable mention for college/graduate studies:
“Predict” by Hudson Dunbar
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Listen to the winning and honorable mention student compositions here.
The NAFME Student Songwriters Competition, now in its third year, gave students the opportunity to submit original songs. Cash prizes are awarded to selected songwriters. All participants receive written evaluations of their work. Selected works will be presented at the 2022 NAFME National Conference at National Harbor, Marylandon November 4.
NAFME member judges selected winners in three categories: K-8, 9-12, and college/graduate students. Each participant must be sponsored by a NAFME member. Submitted compositions had to be 5 minutes or less and include an audio recording and lyric sheet (lead sheet optional).
These students were recognized for their submissions:
Emma Jamesdo not forget
Eila ConopaskOne day
Yuta TakahashiIce cream in the aisle
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, Connecticut
Teacher: Barbara Freeman
Sanjna RajagopalanTextbook Answers
Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey
Teacher: Nathalie Cardillo
Sam HarrisonHodges hand
Caroline Bergandear stranger
roman riverlove me more
Listen to all award-winning and honorable student work here.
Deadlines for the 2023 Student Competition will be announced at bit.ly/NAfMEStudentCompetitions (case sensitive).
The National Association for Music Education, among the largest arts education organizations in the world, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAFME advocates at local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; organizes professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music teachers at all levels of education for over a century. With more than 50,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in United States.
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For more information, contact Catherine Hurlburt at [email protected] or 703-860-4000.
Catherine HurlburtNational Association for Music Education, 703-860-4000, [email protected]
SOURCE National Association for Music Education