The next Mozart, Beethoven or John Williams could be right here at Sheldon College! Composition is one of the most difficult of all the musical art-forms, but Sheldon College is leading the way with two of our students achieving success in a recent state-wide competition.
This year, Piano Tutor Rachel Merton established the first Composers on Keys ensemble as a branch of the Year 4 Band Program. The ensemble allowed a selection of students who were familiar with the piano to learn how to compose their own piano compositions. After testing their skills with pencil and manuscript, students then moved to Sibelius, the music writing software, to input their scores for a professional look. Once completed the Year 4 composers had their works entered in the Primary division of the ASME (Australian Society of Music Education) QLD Young Composers Competition. Although winning isn’t everything, the Composers on Keys ensemble were excited and hopeful that someone from their class would receive a placing for the state wide competition.
We were excited to learn that Georgia D’Arcy had received a 2nd placing for her piece War of Knights, composed for piano. This is a fantastic effort for Georgia to receive such an award for her very first composition. All of the students worked hard and produced fantastic pieces for their first composition experience and the adjudicator Paul-Antoni Bonetti gave all entrants encouraging feedback on their pieces.
In the same competition, Joshua Kent’s incredible skills were recognised when he was awarded 1st Prize in the Primary Electronic section. Joshua, who is only in Year 6 at Sheldon College, has been composing electronic music for the past 18 months and has his own youtube channel featuring his award-winning music.
The Awards Ceremony for this competition was held at Griffith University on Sunday 27 October 2013, and was attended by the adjudicator. Compositions that received first, second or third place were either played as a recording or featured as a live performance.
Finally, leading by example is Georgia’s piano teacher, Miss Rachel Merton, who recently took out 1st Prize in the Australian Fine Music Composers Award. Apart from a large cash prize, Miss Merton will also hear her original composition performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Chatswood, North Sydney on November 16 and 17.
Congratulations to Miss Merton, Joshua and Georgia on their brilliant achievements!
Mr Russell Bauer