Past Issue: September Student Page

100-day Challenge

Keep working on your practice charts. You can still do this challenge.
Start at any time! Download this chart or make your own.

100 Day Challenge PDF

Students who have completed the 100-day practice chart

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Composer of the month

Modest Mussorgsky


Alice Ott playing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.


Ravel’s orchestral version of Pictures at an Exhibition, performed by National Youth Orchestra-USA at Carnegie Hall.


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing part of A Night on Bald Mountain.


Children’s Games on piano


The Bass

Saint-Saëns: Elephant from The Carnival of the Animals, played by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Bass Alexander Hanna

Maria from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein on bass, played by Lauren Pierce.

Jazz bass playing by the Miles Davis Quintet in 1964 with Ron Carter on bass.

All Blues With Linda May Han Oh & Ben Wendel.

Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer playing their bass duo show.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D arranged for bass.

2020 Composition Contest Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated. Your pieces were great! Hundreds of students sent in compositions about the Arctic and Antarctica with music about penguins, polar bears, walruses, and other animals as well as pieces about the polar landscapes and oceans! As always, it was difficult to pick just a few, but we are pleased to announce the 2020 winners.
Winning Pieces will be printed in upcoming issues.

10 and younger

1st Place:
A Polar Bear’s Lullaby
by Beverly Horton, age 10
Teacher: Terry Doremus

2nd Place:
The Arctic Fox
by Maggie Miller, age 10
Teacher: Jessica Olson

3rd Place (tie):
Arctic Waves
by Jillian Williams, age 9
Teacher: Jessica Olson

3rd Place (tie):

by Harry Graves, age 10
Teacher: Alison Siener Brown

Honorable Mention:
Jumping Arctic Foxes
by David Beamer, age 9
Teacher: Barbara Azevedo

Honorable Mention:
Cold and Beautiful
by Marissa DiChiaro, age 10
Teacher: Mark Raimondi

11 and older

1st Place:
Lullaby of the Northern Lights
by Colleen Leacock, age 16
Teacher: Lydia McCool

2nd Place:
The Penguin Strut!
by Elisa Lipkin, age 17
Teacher: Diana Wan

3rd Place (tie):
by Audrey Schultz, age 11
Teacher: Maggie Casey

3rd Place (tie):
The Groovy Walrus
by Ella Miller, age 13
Teacher Jessica Olson

Honorable Mention:
Waltz of the Polar Bears
by Eli Minasian, age 14
Teacher: Reese Ancheta

Honorable Mention:
Guided by the Northern Lights
by Marina Prikis, age 17
Teacher: Nancy Osborne

Honorable Mention:
A Sled Dog’s Day Off
by Shawn An, age 18
Teacher: Diane W. Higgins