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Special Artist Division (All Grades)

Mikaylah Respicio
Title: When You Feel Anxious
Grade: 9
Glendale High School PTSA
“It is difficult for me to express myself through words, but music has given me a way to “show my voice” through song. With every note I play and every beat I write, I get to share my thoughts and feelings with the world.”

Primary Division (Pre-K-Grade 2)

Rylan Li
Title: Dolphins drumming
Grade: 1
Bay Farm Elementary PTA
“I use drums to express myself and show my voice. In this drumming piece, dolphins are drumming on shells under the water. It’s a calm rhythm.”

Intermediate Division (Grades (3-5)

Minkee Cho
Title: Stop!
Grade: 4
Ponderosa Elementary PTSA
“I will show my voice through dialogue on computers. A lot of people cyberbully on the internet, using phrases like “Shut up!” and cussing. I will tell them to stop and bring a little more order to the world. I called my piece ‘Stop!’ and composed it in D minor and major. The catchy rhythm represents those cyberbullies taking a moment to think about what they had done and reconsider.”

Middle School Division (Grades 6-8)

Kaiden Surti
Title: Hear Me
Grade: 7
Kraemer Middle School
“My original composition was created with two main instruments: the Violin and the Tabla, a percussion instrument native to India. Through the beats of the Tabla I express my Indian voice. Through the melodies of the violin, I express my American voice. Combining Tabla, Violin, and my original Orchestral creation, I am able to share my unique perspective through the universal language of music.”

High School Division (Grades 9-12)

Nicholas Damon
Title: Racing, Racing
Grade: 9
“This piece is a lively ballad with the main theme in 5/4 time. It is meant to signify how periods of rest are needed to channel growth and self-expression. This relates to the theme of showing your voice because it highlights how we need to rest, stop, slow down, and think to express our truer selves. I chose title ‘Racing, Racing’, to represent that races are won by playing the long game and not wasting all your energy at the beginning.”