The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Student composers across Wisconsin are honored by the Wisconsin School Music Association.

November 3, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

Composing music might seem like a rare activity – until you read about the many  student composers from middle schools and high schools across the state who won honors this year from the Wisconsin School Music Association, the headquarters of which is located in the Madison suburb of Waunakee.

Check it out the press release and the photo — and become optimistic about the future of music:

WAUNAKEE, Wis. (October 31, 2012) – Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) proudly presents the 2012 WSMA Student Composition Project winners. The following students from across the state were recognized for outstanding achievement with their original musical work.

Middle School Division (Grades 5-8)

  • Jacob Beranek from University Lake High School in Hartland is the Middle School Division Winner for the composition Trio in C, which also won Best Instrumental Ensemble. In addition to a plaque, Jacob will also receive a scholarship to study one-on-one with a Wisconsin based composer. Vicki Taylor is Jacob’s music teacher.
  • Kate Young from PJ Jacobs Junior High School in Stevens Point won 2nd Place in the Instrumental Ensemble Category for the composition Daisy. Kurt Van Tiem is Kate’s music teacher.
  • A.J. McCarthy from Sheboygan Falls Middle School won Best Piano Solo in the Piano Solo Category for the composition Pursuit. Carrie Winkler is A.J.’s music teacher.

High School Division (Grades 9-12) 

  • Jacob Kavajecz from South Shore High School in Port Wing is the High School Division Winner for the composition Pride of the North, which also won Best Instrumental Ensemble. In addition to a plaque, Jacob will receive a scholarship to study one-on-one with a Wisconsin based composer. Cody Clayton is Jacob’s music teacher.
  • Zach Unke from Manitowoc Lutheran High School won 2nd Place in the Instrumental Ensemble Category for the composition Rondo for Three Clarinets. Randall Kramer is Zach’s music teacher.
  • Christian Carroll from Xavier High School in Appleton won 3rd Place in the Instrumental Ensemble Category for the composition Saxophone Quartet in F Minor. Kathryn Hardt is Christian’s music teacher.
  • Michael Roth from Neenah High School won 4th Place in the Instrumental Ensemble Category for the composition It Tells A Story. Kristina Stingle is Michael’s music teacher.
  • Max Lin from Eisenhower High School in New Berlin won 5th Place in the Instrumental Ensemble Category for the composition The Twelve Huntsmen. Dale Bigus is Max’s music teacher.
  • Tim Igel from Homestead High School in Mequon won Best Instrumental Solo for the composition Horse. John Emanuelson is Tim’s music teacher.
  • Julia Lake from Bradford High School in Kenosha won 2nd Place in the Instrumental Solo Category for the composition Piano Concerto in A-Flat Mvmt. 1 and 2. Liz Tercek is Julia’s music teacher
  • Hannah Hodgett from Shell Lake High School won Best Piano Solo in the Piano Solo Category for the composition Wind Dance. Aimee Pashby is Hannah’s music teacher.
  • Trevor Hietpas from Sevastopol High School won 2nd Place in the Piano Solo Category for the composition A Minor Waltz. Tanya Hasenjager is Trevor’s music teacher.
  • Samuel Mullooly from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee won 3rd Place in the Piano Solo Category for the composition Nocturne in C Minor. Bonnie Scholz is Samuel’s music teacher.
  • Tim Igel from Homestead High School in Mequon won 4th Place in the Piano Solo Category for the composition Lady Under the Umbrella. John Emanuelson is Tim’s music teacher.
  • Patrick McNamara from Onalaska Luther High School won Best Miscellaneous Ensemble for the composition Gonna Be Alright. James Ruprecht is Patrick’s music teacher.

Statewide, 60 compositions were submitted, demonstrating the musical talent of Wisconsin’s students and the strong leadership of its teachers. Each composition was evaluated on melody, rhythm, harmony, form, creativity and general effect, and awards are given solely based on merit. 

The Student Composition Project is sponsored by WSMA. Its goal is to encourage the positive artistic and creative musical abilities of Wisconsin students. An integral component of the National Standards for Music Education, the Student Composition Project is a fundamental extension of the creative element of music education specified in Wisconsin’s music curriculum guide.

For more information about WSMA and the Student Composition Project, go to http://www.wsmamusic.org/programs/composition_project/index.html.

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Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 220,000 student participants take part in WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships, Concert Festivals and Launchpad. WSMA, headquartered in the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, is governed by a Board of Directors made up of superintendents, principals and other officers from all over our state. WSMA believes music is a basic human need and that all children have the right to experience all that music offers them.   

 


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