LW NEWS

Lincoln-Way North Music Student Earns More Honors
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Every year the Illinois Music Education Association hosts a student composition contest in which original works, arrangements, and remixes are submitted by students from junior high schools and high schools throughout the state. These pieces are judged by a panel of active composers and professional musicians and the results for this year's contest have recently been announced to participating students.

This year, a student from Lincoln-Way North, Jack Kotze, was awarded 1st place in the category of Jazz Improvisation with his performance of What is This Thing Called Love? Jack and his music teacher, Mr. Kirk Hickman, are congratulated for his achievement.

ILMEA provides opportunities for students to create and compose music in addition to performing and responding to music. This contest was created to celebrate Illinois students achievements in composition and to offer them high-quality feedback and guidance as they continue on in composition. Original works, arrangements, and remixes were submitted by students from junior high schools and high schools throughout the state and were judged by a panel of active composers and professional musicians.

The student composers will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 30, 2016, as part of the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria, Illinois. Begun as a one-day clinic for instrumental music education, the Illinois Music Education Conference has grown to a four-day event covering all genres of music education. Over 10,000 people will attend professional development clinics, listen to concerts, and take part in the best of professional networking over the course of the event.

The contest is sponsored by PreSonus and Ableton, providing first place winners with computer programs in composition, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, providing scholarships for all winners.