Young Composers Concert Planned for May 19 at River Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 15, 2009 – Winners of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy’s  2009 Young Composers Contest will perform in a special Young Composers Concert on Tuesday, May 19, at the River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. in the Shuck Recital Hall in the Seminary Building.

Winners of this year’s Young Composers Contest are: • Primary Division: Sofia Voss (first place) of Cape Girardeau; Colton Jones of Kelso, Mo., and Savanna Bellew of Whitewater, Mo. • Elementary Division: Nia Johnson (first place) of Cape Girardeau; Sydney Schabbing of Perryville, Mo.; and Jennifer Beal of Advance, Mo. • Junior High Division: Vikas Rudrappa (first place) of Cape Girardeau; Carlee Criddle of Cape Girardeau; and Nathan Williams of Cape Girardeau • High School Division: Zane Winter (first place) of Uniontown, Mo.; and Camden Criddle of Cape Girardeau 

These students have been participants in the Academy’s Musicianship Classes and private lessons.  In class, students learn about music theory, history and composition.  Their pieces are written for a variety of mediums including orchestra, piano, voice and guitar.  Musicianship Class instructors are Sherrie Troxel and Maria Mizicko. “The Young Composers Concert is my very favorite part of the Music Academy,” said Rebecca Fulgham, Academy director. “It showcases our students’ creativity at the utmost.  Learning how to write their very own compositions combines everything they learn in their music studies from learning how to sing or play an instrument, learning music theory and history, to building something original from the bottom up. The most amazing thing is that, often, the students’ compositions are too difficult for them to play, so their teachers perform their pieces for them.”