The students are participants in the Academy’s Musicianship Classes, taught by Sherrie Troxel and Maria Mizicko. The original musical 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, saxophone, violin and flute.
Winners in the Senior High Division are Vikas Rudrappa, first place, and Marie Ansberry, second place. Winners in the Junior High Division are Anna Thomsen, first place, Ceylon Herath, second place, Rachel Williams, third place, and Colton Jones, honorable mention. Winners in the Elementary Division are Mitchell Humphrey, first place, Zachary Sample, second place, and Conrad Criddle, third place. Winners in the Primary Division are Jillian Majors, first place, Andre Johnson, second place, Emma McDougall, third place, and Danielle Meyers, honorable mention. The students are from Cape Girardeau, Kelso and Marble Hill, Mo.
“The Young Composers Project is my favorite part of the Music Academy,” said Rebecca Fulgham, Academy director. “It showcases our students’ creativity by providing an opportunity for them to build something original starting with a single musical idea, through developing the idea, and finally to performing the completed composition. The most amazing thing is that, most often, the students’ pieces are too difficult for them to play themselves, so their teachers sometimes perform their creations for them.”
The students’ work will be presented at the Young Composers Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus. The concert is free and open to the public.