Press Release: 2009 NSBA/MENC Talent Search Winners Announced

2009 NSBA/MENC Student Electronic Music Composition Talent Search Winners Announced

RESTON, VA (June 4, 2009)–Sponsored by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the Electronic Music Composition Talent Search is an annual program that recognizes outstanding student compositions. It is held to influence school administrators to include or improve music technology in their schools’ curriculum.

The 2009 winners are:

  • Elementary School Winner: Spencer Young, Endeavour Elementary, Issaquah, WA.

    Composition: “The Rain Cloud.” Teacher: Holly Miller

  • Middle School Winner: Sidarth Jayadev, School of Choice, Sunnyvale, CA.

    Composition: “The Daedal.” Teacher: Alexis Alrich

  • High School Winner: Emily Boyer, Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT.

    Composition: “Gothic Memory Land.” Teacher: Barbara Freedman

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 winning compositions were 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.

The students will be honored at the NSBA’s 2009 T+L Conference, October 28-30, 2009 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Audio files of the winning compositions and comments from the winners are available on the MENC Web site.

For more information, call 1-800-336-3768, or visit
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 75,000 members include active, retired, and preservice educators representing 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. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA.

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.