Press Release: 2010 Student Composers Competition Winners Announced

Three Music Students Score Nation’s Best in MENC’s 2010 Student Composers Competition

Performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Highlight MENC’s 2010 Music Education Week

RESTON, VA (May 17, 2010) – MENC: The National Association for Music Education announced the winners of its 2010 Student Composers Competition, which focused on compositions for woodwinds (solo or ensemble). Established in 1990, MENC’s nationwide call for original student compositions exists to recognize talented young composers.

“It was inspiring to hear so many excellent compositions this year,” said Daniel Deutsch, national chairperson of the MENC Student Composers Competition. “The judging decisions were hard to reach because so many pieces demonstrated creativity, imagination, and technical skill. Congratulations to the winners and their teachers, and also to all who submitted compositions.”

The winners are listed below. Visit 2010 Student Composers to read their complete biographies, hear their winning compositions, and view the scores.

  • College/Graduate School Winner: Troy Armstrong, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Composition: States of Disorder. Teacher: David Circle
  • High School Winner: Thomas Reeves, The Dalton School, New York, NY. Composition: Quirmlet. Teacher: Judith Wohlreich.
  • Elementary/Middle School Winner: Nicholas McConnell, Woodland Elementary School, Warren, NJ. Composition: The Days You See. Teacher: David Gordon

The musical creations of these exceptional students will be performed by the U.S. Navy Band at the Millennium Stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 27. The performance, part of MENC’s annual Music Education Week in Washington, DC, is free and open to the public. 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. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. 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.

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