Press Release – 2007 NSBA/MENC Student Electronic Music Composition Talent Search Winners Announced

2007 NSBA/MENC Student Electronic Music Composition Talent Search Winners Announced

RESTON, VA (July 23, 2007) MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) announce the winners of the 2007 Electronic Music Composition Talent Search, a program the two organizations sponsor annually to recognize outstanding compositions and to help influence school administrators to include or improve music technology in their schools’ curriculum.

The high school winner, Jonathan Stein from Skyline High School in Oakland, California, won with his composition “Conflict.” Nicole Kofkin from Marie Murphy School in Wilmette, Illinois, was the middle school winner with her composition “Une Promenade Dans la Ville,” and Michelle Shiu, a fifth grade student at Potowmack Elementary School, in Sterling, Virginia was the elementary school winner with her composition “Lynx.”

Entries were judged based on their aesthetic quality, effective use of electronic media, and the power of the composition and its presentation in communicating to school board members, administrators, and others, the excitement and effectiveness of electronic music composition in the school curriculum.

The students will be honored at the NSBA’s 2007 T+L Conference, October 17-19, Nashville, TN ( Winning compositions can be heard on the MENC Web site.

Prizes for students, their teachers, and their schools were provided courtesy of Sibelius Inc., Carl Fischer Music, MagicScore Music Software, and MENC.

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marks its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.