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

Four Students Named Winners of
NAfME 2022 Electronic Music Composition Competition

RESTON, VA (November 2, 2022)—The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Electronic Music Composition Competition recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Entries are judged based on their aesthetic quality, use of electronic media, and the power of the composition.

NAfME member adjudicators selected winners from three categories: grades K–8; grades 9–12; and collegiate/graduate school. Each entrant must be sponsored by a NAfME member or be a NAfME Collegiate member in good standing. Submitted compositions needed to be 5 minutes or less and either be composed electronically or include electronic instruments (vocal and/or acoustic instruments could be combined with electronic instruments).

Selected composers receive cash awards. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their work.

K-8 Winner:
“No Shame in Games” by Ethan Guan
The Harker School, San Jose, California
Teacher: Susan Nace

K-8 Honorable Mentions:
“Ethereal” by Anthony Gibson
Friends School of Mullica Hill, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Teacher: Kathleen Hayden

“Wasabi Rice Crackers” by Elizabeth Hadley
McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia
Teacher: Christopher Jones

High School Winners:
“Falling off the Edge of This Cinderblock Building” by Bella Chaine
Honolulu, Hawaii

“Spring” by Dominic Labuguen
Ocean Grove Charter School, Placerville, California
Teacher: Therese Labuguen

High School Honorable Mentions:
“World Within Your Soul” by Ben Casper
Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota
Teacher: Aaron Cole

“Mammatus Cloud” by Robin Gillespie
Sachem North High School, Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
Teacher: Mike Carroll

Collegiate/Graduate School Winner:
“Orchids” by Daniel Speal
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Collegiate/Graduate School Honorable Mention:
“Prognosticate” by Hudson Dunbar
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Listen to the winning and honorable mention student compositions here.


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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