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For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfME or (703) 860-4000

Five Students Named Winners of
NAfME 2022 Student Composers Competition

RESTON, VA (November 2, 2022)—The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Composers Competition spotlights original music written by student composers. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school submitted their works to the competition. Selected composers receive cash awards, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philip Lasser, president). All entrants also receive written evaluations of their compositions. Selected works will be featured during the 2022 NAfME National Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on November 4.

These composers have been selected as the 2022 Student Composers Competition winners:

K-8 “Battle Cry” by Kiefer Bernard
Buzz Aldrin Middle School, Montclair, New Jersey
Teacher: Peter Abazia

High School: “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Aiden Levendofsky
Rock Creek High School, St. George, Kansas
Teacher: Jay Koupal

High School: “Semper Incedendo” by Matthew Cline
Shanghai American School, Shanghai, China
Teacher: Karolina Pek

High School Honorable Mention: “Jabberwocky” by Joseph Lim
Edgemont High School, Scarsdale, New York
Teacher: John Catoliato

High School Honorable Mention: “Hazakura” by Aaron Kaufman
Conemaugh Township Area High School, Davidsville, Pennsylvania
Teacher: MariGrace Lingenfelter

Collegiate/Graduate School: “Springtime” by Ryan Flat
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

Collegiate/Graduate School: “Token of Gratitude” by Jamey Boezi
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Collegiate/Graduate School Honorable Mention: “My life closed twice before its close” by AJ Francisco
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Listen to all the winning and honorable mention student compositions here. The 2023 Student Composers Competition deadline will be announced at (case-sensitive).


National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 50,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.

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