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Posted: March 18, 2019

Madison Student Wins National Composition Competition

Seventh-grader William Blind is the winner in the Music Teachers National Association Junior Student Composition Competition.

William's composition, “Three Studies for Piano” will be performed at the association's national convention in Spokane, Wash., on April 17, where he will be awarded the $1,000 first prize.

William is the son of Lawrence Blind and Teresa Hurt. He studies composition with Albuquerque composer Michael Mauldin at the New Mexico School of Music. At Madison Middle School he enjoys playing keyboard and percussion in the Jazz Band and Symphonic Band, and he is also a member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Junior Band.

 The MTNA competition is a three-tiered event, and Blind’s piece was selected the winner in New Mexico and the Southwest Division before advancing to the national level.

Selected comments from national judges:

“What you have on your hands is nothing short of a masterwork…I can’t imagine a professional composer coming up with material any more compelling.” -- Jeffrey Kleinsorge, Concordia University

“Very compelling work. You have a creative, logical mind that can bring new ideas to the world of music.” -- Wynn-Anne Rossi, composer, published by Alfred Music and F.J.H. Music

“Very skillful.  It is a test of the composer’s ingenuity, which in all three movements, passes with flying colors.”  Emma Lou Diemer, composer and Professor Emeritus at UC Santa Barbara

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 20,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers.

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