Press Release – 2008 NSBA/MENC Student Electronic Music Composition Talent Search Winners Announced


RESTON, VA (June 6, 2008)–Sponsored by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the Electronic Music Composition Talent Search recognizes outstanding compositions and is held to help influence school administrators to include or improve music technology in their schools’ curriculum.

Winners and runners-up are selected by national adjudicator Daniel Deutsch. The winners receive prizes from Sibelius, MagicScore Music Software, and MENC that support the students’ continued composition and the music technology programs at their schools.

Daniel Mulé of Island Trees High School in Levittown, New York, won the high school category with his composition “The Gates of Hell.” Daniel is taught by J. Peter Hansen, who said, “Dan has a genuine love for composing, and spends hours on end working on his craft.” Erin Graham was the middle school winner with her composition “The Starship.” Erin is taught by Dale Orris at Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Spencer Young of Endeavor Elementary School in Issaquah, Washington, was the elementary school winner with his composition, “March of the Ogres.” Spencer’s teacher is Holly Miller.

Runners-up in each category included “Translation” by Kenneth Blume, taught by Barbara Freedman at Greenwich High School, in Greenwich, Connecticut; “Fire” by Lindsey Zeichner, taught by Dean Kravitz at Chatham Middle School in Chatham, New Jersey; and “We Have Changed” by William Lin, taught by Jennifer Iodice and Adina Popa of Potowmack Elementary in Sterling, Virginia.

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 2008 T+L Conference, October 28-30, 2008, in Seattle, Washington ( Winning compositions and supporting materials are available on the MENC Web site at

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked 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.