OMMS student a winner in Young Composers Competition

Published 4:35 pm Thursday, January 25, 2018


NORTH SHELBY – Paisley Smith, an eighth grade student at Oak Mountain Middle School, recently was announced as a grade-level winner of the Young Composers Competition sponsored by the Alabama Music Educators Association.


Smith was one of six students from grades 8-12 across to be named a finalist in the competition.

Smith joined the other finalists at the AMEA’s annual conference awards ceremony, held in Birmingham on Jan. 18, where she was presented with a plaque for her accomplishment.

The competition requirements were that students had to compose a solo, song, string quartet, concerto, or any medium of choice in one of five categories.

Students had to submit an original score to the judging panel in either handwritten or electronic format.

Smith won in Category B with a duet she composed for clarinet and tenor saxophone entitled “Arran.”

The Young Composers Competition was created to encourage Alabama’s developing student

composers by providing professional level review and consideration. By recognizing outstanding student compositions, this process will support Alabama music teachers by recognizing their efforts to incorporate national standards. It also provides a showcase for the composition talents of these young Alabama musicians.