Nancy Huston of Huston Piano Studio in Stow announced 11 students received honors in the 61st Annual Scholastic Composers Contest. The event is sponsored by the Children's Concert Society of Akron. The studio had four first place winners, two second place winners, one third place winner and four honorable mentions for original piano compositions.
Isabelle Gurzenski was awarded first place honors among Summit County kindergarten students for her composition "The Prince and Princess Dance." Isabelle attends Evamere Elementary in Hudson and is the daughter of Becky and Matthew Gurzenski.
First place honors were also awarded to Patrick Custy, a first grader who attends Evamere Elementary in Hudson. Patrick is the son of Kathleen (Nikki) and Patrick Custy of Hudson. His original composition title was "Summer Vacation."
Kendyl Rudlosky, a fourth grader at Highland Elementary in Stow, was recognized with first place honors for "Revele in D Major," her original piano solo. Kendyl is the daughter of Kristen and Tony Rudlosky of Stow.
Lillian DeMattia took first place honors among all Summit County fifth graders for her original composition "Summer Thunderstorm." Lillian attends Longcoy Elementary in Kent. Her parents are Richard and Mara DeMattia of Kent.
Second place honors were given to Elizabeth Unger, a fourth grader at Evamere Elementary in Hudson. Her piano/vocal solo "My Dog Daisy" included clever lyrics about her pet. Mitchell and Amy Unger of Hudson are Elizabeth's parents.
Sean Custy, older brother of Patrick, also earned second place honors for his "Custy's Jig." Sean attends third grade at Evamere Elementary in Hudson.
The recipient of third place honors for third graders was Andrew Ketler, who attends Holy Family School in Stow. His original piano composition "Tyrone and Zip" was about his two cats. His older brother Robert Ketler, a sixth grader at Holy Family, received honorable mention for his piano solo "The Bermuda Triangle." Robert and Andrew's parents are Sue Ketler and Steve Smith of Stow.
Honorable mention recognition also was awarded to Kaitlyn Dutton, a fourth grader at Echo Hills in Stow. "When Pigs Fly" was her composition title. Kaitlyn's parents are Carol and Jason Dutton of Stow.
Sisters Bridget and Audrey Donnelly were recognized as well with honorable mention for their creative efforts. Bridget, a sixth grader, composed "Expresso Rag," and Audrey, a fifth grader, wrote "Siren's Song." The Donnelly sisters attend Cuyahoga Falls Redeemer School and are daughters of Dr. Amanda and Sean Donnelly of Peninsula.
All first place winners performed their winning compositions at the Premiere Performance Recital at Kenmore High School at the end of April. Scholarships and certificates were awarded to all at the end of the program.
Nancy Huston honored her 11 composition winners at the Huston Piano Studio Spring Recitials at the Kent State Fashion Museum in May. The young composers received engraved trophies or medals, gifts from their proud teacher.
Thanks to the Childrens Concert Society, students in grades K-12 throughout Summit County have been given the opportunity to display their musical creativity for 61 years. All entries are judged by the University of Akron School of Music's Composition Department.