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

Four Students Named Winners of
NAfME 2020 Student Composers Competition

RESTON, VA (September 30, 2020)—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.

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These composers have been selected as the 2020 Student Composers Competition winners:

K-8: “When Spring Comes” by Gianna Reed
Providence Creek Academy, Hartly, Delaware
Teacher: Blayne Salerni

K-8 Honorable Mention: “Jig” by Jackson Laird
Rainey McCullers School of the Arts, Columbus, Georgia
Teacher: Samuel Brown

K-8 Honorable Mention: “Swing State” by Jasper Zimmerman
Farragut Middle School, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Teacher: Jonathan Riss

High School: “Riparian Reeds” by Noah Stein
Hopkins School, Guilford, Connecticut
Teacher: Robert Smith

High School: “Spring Awakens” by Thomas Edgar
St. Charles East High School, West Chicago, Illinois
Teacher: James Kull

High School Honorable Mention: “Trichotomy” by Anthony Nemeth
Harry S. Truman High School, Croydon, Pennsylvania
Teacher: Keith Krelove

High School Honorable Mention: “Legend” by Jacob Evarts
Locust Grove High School, Locust Grove, Georgia
Teacher: Heather Miller

High School Honorable Mention: “Pacific Voyage” by Krishna Mandal
Benicia High School, Benicia, California
Teacher: Patrick Martin

High School Honorable Mention: “Restlessness” by Stephen Guerra
Xaverian High School, Staten Island, New York
Teacher: Joseph Loposky

Collegiate: “Under the Twinkling Sky” by James Probst
Lawrence, Kansas
Kansas State University

Collegiate Honorable Mention: “Watercolors” by Noah Green
Granville, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan University

Collegiate Honorable Mention: “City Vibes” by Rishubh Thaper
Flemington, New Jersey
Stanford University

Collegiate Honorable Mention: “Nachtmusik” by Rishubh Thaper
Flemington, New Jersey
Stanford University

Listen to all the winning and honorable mention student compositions here. The 2021 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 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.


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