April Student Page

2019 Composition Contest Winners

Younger Division (10 and under)

1st Place:
Curious Kitty Dance
by Isaac Thomas, age 7
Teacher: Bette Hunting

2nd Place:
Pounce of the Sneaky Cat
by Celia White, age 7
Teacher: Jeffrey Miller

3rd Place:
Waiting on June
by Abby Camille Slay, age 10
Teacher: Terry Doremus

Honorable Mentions:
Fish of Iridescence
by Ezra A. Frazier, age 8
Teacher: Heather Atagan

by Mikaila Grizel, age 10
Teacher: Samara Rice

Bouncing Baby Bunnies
by Leah Darling, age 10
Teacher: Christine Erickson

Older Division (11 and up)

1st Place:
Pupcorn’s Playtime
by Allie Cabiles, age 13
Teacher: Tammy Prenot

2nd Place:
Alley Cat
by Gabe Stordahl, age 11
Teacher: Jessica Olson

3rd Place (tie):
The Adventures of Fintan the Dog
by Colleen Leacock, age 15
Teacher: Lydia McCool

Bella and Zoe
by Micah Primack, age 14
Teacher: William Davidson

Honorable Mentions:
Saying Goodbye
by Noah Meeks, age 13
Teacher: Jessica Olson

A Cat’s Red String
by Berlynn Smith, age 15
Teacher: Tammy Prenot

100-day Challenge

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Composer of the month

Felix Mendelssohn


Hebrides Overture

Violin Concerto in E Minor
(this is one of the most famous violin concertos)

Symphony #4 (Italian Symphony)

The Hunting Song from Songs Without Words, played by Daniel Barenboim

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Wedding March



Composer of the month

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel


September: At the River from The Year (or Das Jahr)

Nocturne in G Minor, performed by Heather Schmidt

Easter Sonata – solving a musical mystery

Piano Trio, Op. 11 – violin, piano, and cello. Performed by the Claremont Trio

Instrument of the Month

The Clarinet

Opening clarinet solo for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, performed by Benjamin Christ

About the clarinet: U.S. Army Field Band

May/June Musical Birthdays



4 - Bartolommeo Cristofori (1655-1731) Italian harpsichord maker credited with inventing the piano

7 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) German composer

7 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Russian composer

17 - Erik Satie (1866-1925) French composer

21 - “Fats” (Thomas) Waller (1904-1943) American jazz pianist and composer

22 - Richard Wagner (1813-1883) German opera composer

23 - Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009) Spanish pianist

30 - Benny Goodman (1909-1986) American jazz clarinetist




1 - Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) American popular composer

2 - Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) English composer

5 - Martha Argerich (1941- ) Argentine pianist

8 - Robert Schumann (1810-1856) German composer

11 - Richard Strauss (1864-1949) German composer and conductor

14 - Lang Lang (1982- ) Chinese pianist

15 - Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Norwegian composer

17 - Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Russian-American composer and conductor

18 - Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) French piano manufacturer

20 - André Watts (b. 1946) American pianist