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Waldorf Watch: Eighth Grader to be Featured at Young Composer Concert in Atlantic City

Waldorf Eighth Grader, Lucia Carapella, has been selected to have her original composition featured at the Young Composer Concert sponsored by the Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lucia is one of only 13 to have her work chosen to be performed at the event.

Lucia’s piece, All About That Jazz, was submitted to the NAfME Call for Compositions competition, in November of 2016 and she learned that her piece was chosen on Friday, January 27th.

All About That Jazz is the second piece Lucia ever composed. It is written for a traditional Jazz Band that includes piano, drums, violins, and a bass. It was one of 3 different pieces that she submitted for the competition, the other two being Metamorphosis (for piano & trumpet) and Repercussions (for a trio of violins). In total, Lucia has composed 6 different pieces and is in the process of writing her 7th. She has been composing since the 6th grade and takes composition lessons outside of School.

Lucia was very excited to hear that her work had been selected for the concert, and is eager to see the performance in Atlantic City this coming April. She explained what composing music means her saying, “I think it is really cool to be able to express myself through the music I write, and nothing compares to the feeling of hearing music and realizing that it’s mine and not just a stranger’s.”

After All About That Jazz is performed at the concert, Lucia will participate in a “Young Composer Forum,” where the student composers whose music was chosen will have an informal discussion facilitated by a panel of professional composers and composition teachers.

Congratulations to Lucia for her incredible accomplishment!