Press Release: NSBA/MENC Composition Talent Search Winners Announced

2010 NSBA/MENC Student Electronic Music Composition Talent Search Winners Announced

RESTON, VA (July 2, 2010)—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.

“NSBA is proud to partner with MENC as we work together to raise awareness of the important role the arts have in 21st century classrooms,” said Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director of NSBA.

The 2010 winners and runners-up are:

  • Elementary School Winner: Spencer Young, Endeavour Elementary, Issaquah, WA
    Composition: “A Dream.” Teacher: Holly Miller
  • Middle School Winner: Pershing Middle School Class Group, Pershing Middle School, Houston, TX
    Composition: “I Was In the Stars.” Teacher: Patrick Cupo
  • High School Winner: Ricco Burkhardt, Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT
    Composition: “Does Murder Sleep.” Teacher: Barbara Freedman
  • Elementary School Runner-Up: Jack Hamill, Sunset Ridge School, Northfield, IL
    Composition: “An Adventure.” Teacher: Carol Broos
  • High School Runner-Up: Nick Rezuke, Kingswood-Oxford, West Hartford, CT
    Composition: “Presidential Jam.” Teacher: Wayne Pierce

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 Herbert A. Deutsch (Prof. Emeritus at Hofstra University and co-inventor of the Moog Synthesizer) and Daniel Deutsch (National Chair, MENC Student Composer Competition). Winning students and their schools receive prizes from MagicScore Music Software, Animusic, and MENC, and the students will be honored at NSBA’s 2010 T+L Conference October 19-21, in Phoenix, Arizona. Audio files and scores of the winning compositions (as well as the runners-up) and comments from the winners are posted on the MENC website.

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For today’s students to succeed tomorrow, they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators.

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.

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their 95,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership.

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