Winners Announced of Young Composers Project

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 1, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri Music Academy has announced the winners of its 2011 Young Composers Project.

The winners in the senior high division were Catherine Jackson of Sikeston, Mo., first place; Nathan Williams of Cape Girardeau, second place; and Kristen Frohawk of Sikeston, Mo., third place. Winners in the junior high division were Vikas Rudrappa of Cape Girardeau, Mo., first place; Nathaniel Zeiger of Cape Girardeau, Mo., second place; and Kobin Kempe of Sikeston, Mo., third place. Winners in the elementary division were Jessica Kempe of Sikeston, Mo., first place; Sofia Voss of Cape Girardeau, Mo., second place; and  Mitchell Humphrey of Cape Girardeau, Mo., third place. Winners in the primary division were Noah Hupp of Benton, Mo., first place; Abigail Michael of Cape Girardeau, Mo., second place; and Bailey Schott of Cape Girardeau, third place, Mo.

The students are participants in the Academy’s Musicianship Classes, taught by Sherrie Troxel and Maria Mizicko. The original music compositions are the result of their studies in private lessons, music theory, history and various musical styles, and are written for a variety of mediums including piano, voice, guitar and flute.

“The Young Composers Project is my favorite part of the Music Academy,” said Rebecca Rulgham, Academy director. “It showcases our students’ creativity by providing an opportunity for them to build something original from just a musical idea, to writing the composition, to performing the completed work. The most amazing thing is that, most often, the students’ pieces are too difficult for them to play themselves, so the teachers perform their creations for them.”

In the front row, from left, are Bailey Schott, Jessica Kempe, Nathaniel Zeiger, Sophia Voss and Abigail Michael. In the back row, from left are Catherine Jackson, Kristen Frohawk, Nathan Williams, Vikas Rudrappa, Kobin Kempe, Mitchell Humphrey and Noah Hupp.