NAfME Announces Winners of NAfME 2022 Student Composers Competition, Student Songwriters Competition, and Student Electronic Music Competition

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The National Association for Music Education hosts three student competitions each school year: the Student Composers Competition, the Electronic Music Composition Competition, and the Student Songwriters Competition, all open to Kindergarten through Collegiate/Graduate School students. This fall the winners of the 2022 competitions were announced.

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The NAfME Student Composers, Songwriters, and Electronic Music Competitions spotlight original music written by student composers who are in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) hosts three student competitions each school year: the Student Composers Competition, the Electronic Music Composition Competition, and the Student Songwriters Competition, all open to Kindergarten through Collegiate/Graduate School students. This fall the winners of the 2022 competitions were announced.

The NAfME Student Composers Competition spotlights original music written by student composers. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school submitted their works to the competition. Selected composers receive cash awards, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philip Lasser, president). All entrants also receive written evaluations of their compositions. Selected works will be featured during the 2022 NAfME National Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on November 4.

These composers have been selected as the 2022 Student Composers Competition winners:

K-8 “Battle Cry” by Kiefer Bernard
Buzz Aldrin Middle School, Montclair, New Jersey
Teacher: Peter Abazia

High School: “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Aiden Levendofsky
Rock Creek High School, St. George, Kansas
Teacher: Jay Koupal

High School: “Semper Incedendo” by Matthew Cline
Shanghai American School, Shanghai, China
Teacher: Karolina Pek

High School Honorable Mention: “Jabberwocky” by Joseph Lim
Edgemont High School, Scarsdale, New York
Teacher: John Catoliato

High School Honorable Mention: “Hazakura” by Aaron Kaufman
Conemaugh Township Area High School, Davidsville, Pennsylvania
Teacher: MariGrace Lingenfelter

Collegiate/Graduate School: “Springtime” by Ryan Flat
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

Collegiate/Graduate School: “Token of Gratitude” by Jamey Boezi
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Collegiate/Graduate School Honorable Mention: “My life closed twice before its close” by AJ Francisco
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Listen to all the winning and honorable mention student compositions here.

The NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Entries are judged based on their aesthetic quality, use of electronic media, and the power of the composition.

NAfME member adjudicators selected winners from three categories: grades K–8; grades 9–12; and collegiate/graduate school. Each entrant must be sponsored by a NAfME member or be a NAfME Collegiate member in good standing. Submitted compositions needed to be 5 minutes or less and either be composed electronically or include electronic instruments (vocal and/or acoustic instruments could be combined with electronic instruments).

Selected composers receive cash awards. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their work.

K-8 Winner:
“No Shame in Games” by Ethan Guan
The Harker School, San Jose, California
Teacher: Susan Nace

K-8 Honorable Mentions:
“Ethereal” by Anthony Gibson
Friends School of Mullica Hill, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Teacher: Kathleen Hayden

“Wasabi Rice Crackers” by Elizabeth Hadley
McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia
Teacher: Christopher Jones

High School Winners:
“Falling off the Edge of This Cinderblock Building” by Bella Chaine
Honolulu, Hawaii

“Spring” by Dominic Labuguen
Ocean Grove Charter School, Placerville, California
Teacher: Therese Labuguen

High School Honorable Mentions:
“World Within Your Soul” by Ben Casper
Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota
Teacher: Aaron Cole

“Mammatus Cloud” by Robin Gillespie
Sachem North High School, Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
Teacher: Mike Carroll

Collegiate/Graduate School Winner:
“Orchids” by Daniel Speal
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Collegiate/Graduate School Honorable Mention:
“Prognosticate” by Hudson Dunbar
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Listen to the winning and honorable mention student compositions here.

The NAfME Student Songwriters Competition, now in its third year, provided students the opportunity to submit original songs. Cash prizes are awarded to selected songwriters. All entrants receive written evaluations of their work. Selected works will be featured during the 2022 NAfME National Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on November 4.

NAfME member adjudicators selected winners from three categories: grades K–8, grades 9–12, and collegiate/graduate students. Each entrant must be sponsored by a NAfME member. Submitted compositions needed to be 5 minutes or less and include an audio recording and lyric sheet (lead sheet optional).

These students were recognized for their submissions:

K-8
Winner
Emma James, Don’t Forget

  •     London Middle School, Corpus Christi, Texas
  •     Teacher: Luis Zepeda

Honorable Mention
Eila Conopask, One Day

  •     Avon School, Avon, Connecticut
  •     Teacher: Jane Sitarz

High School
Winner
Yuta Takahashi, Ice cream in the driveway

  •     Greenwich High School, Greenwich, Connecticut
  •     Teacher: Barbara Freedman

Honorable Mentions
Dexter Griffin, disposition

  •     Berkeley High School, Berkeley, California
  •     Teacher: Karen Wells

Sanjna Rajagopalan, Textbook Answers

  •     Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey
  •     Teacher: Natalie Cardillo

Collegiate
Winner
Sam Harrison, Hand of Hodges

  •     Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Honorable Mentions
Caroline Bergan, Dear Stranger

  •     Syracuse University—VPA—Setnor School of Music, Syracuse, New York

Roman Rivera, Like Me More

  •     Roman Rivera, Fresno, California

Listen to all the winning and honorable mention student works here.

The 2023 Student Competition deadlines will be announced at bit.ly/NAfMEStudentCompetitions(case-sensitive).

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National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 50,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.

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For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at catherinah@nafme.org or 703-860-4000.

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