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wsma/dpi student composition project


Student Composers Honored Andrea Mauch, Director of Development


“To write great music, the musician must make his life a great song.”


– J.S. Bach


For the past 22 years, the WSMA/DPI Stu- dent Composition Project has encouraged and recognized the efforts of Wisconsin’s students at musical composition. This year a total of 54 entries were received for the project – 42 for the High School Division (grades 9-12) and 12 for the Middle School Division (grades 5-8). Of these, 18 were recognized with Honorable Mention, and 20 earned awards based on their merit. The awards were presented at the Wisconsin State Capitol in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Music Confer- ence on October 28. Following the awards ceremony, students were recognized at the Capitol Sing event in the rotunda. Deborah Mahaffey presented the awards on behalf of DPI, and Mike George as- sisted on behalf of WSMA. Nick Connors, vocal solo award winner, performed his composition.


2011 Application Deadline: March 3. Visit www.wsmamusic.org and select “Student Composition Project” under the “Students” tab for more information.


NEW THIS YEAR: Piano Solo Category


2010 High School Division Awards Sean Hussey


Winner and Best Instrumental Solo Appleton West High School Teacher: Kevin Meidl


Nick Connors Best Vocal Solo Kimberly High School Teacher: Luke Zaccaro


Graycen Gardner Best Vocal Ensemble


Mequon Homestead High School Teacher: Rebecca Winnie


Wisconsin School Musician


Winners from the 2010 WSMA/DPI Student Composition Project pose at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Along with WSMA Executive Director Michael George (left) and DPI representative Deborah Mahaffey (right).


61 Alaric Coussons


Second Place Vocal Ensemble Academy of the Fox Cities Teacher: Erin Krebs


Zachary Moore


Third Place Vocal Ensemble Muskego High School Teacher: Matthew Wanner


Robert Harlow


Second Place Instrumental Solo Barneveld High School Teacher: Aaron Cooley


Gregory Hartmann


Third Place Instrumental Solo New Berlin Eisenhower High School Teacher: Kay Black


Matthew Betz


Best Instrumental Ensemble Clintonville High School Teacher: Dan Schmidt


Trae Titus


Second Place Instrumental Ensemble Sun Prairie High School Teacher: Chad Whalley


Kyle Picha


Third Place Instrumental Ensemble Prairie du Chien High School Teacher: Philip Stiemke


2010 Middle Level Division Awards


Patrick McNamara


Winner and Best Instrumental Solo Onalaska Luther Middle School Teacher: Nate Amundson


Tedd Wright


Second Place Instrumental Solo Eau Claire DeLong Middle School Teacher: Dennis Luginbill


Tanner Nielsen


Third Place Instrumental Solo Luck Junior High School Teacher: Jennifer Gilhoi


Alicia Mose


Best Instrumental Ensemble Fox Valley Lutheran Middle School Teacher: James Neujahr


Joe Meinholz


Second Place Instrumental Ensemble River Valley Middle School Teacher: Tony Cavagnetto


Stone Wang/Corey Gilpatrick/ Lauren Pearson/Mackenzie Liss/ Dominic Perez


Best Collaborative Ensemble Whitewater Middle School Teacher: Christine Hayes


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