In the final few days before our Student Composer Competition deadline, we had about 20 applications fly in both electronically and through the postal service to make a total of 67 submissions, with 13 countries and 19 US states represented. 20 were international, from the following countries: Austria, Canada, England/UK (6), Estonia, Hong Kong (2), Italy, Israel, Kosovo, the Philippines (3), South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland. Within the US, we had applicants from: CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, and WV. The winning composition will be performed by the combined choirs and Chanticleer at our National Youth Choral Festival on March 30, 2015, in Davies Hall, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin. Quite an auspicious debut for a new composition.

That's just about five hours of brand new music written by high schoolers, undergrads, and graduate students (even a PhD candidate in biology!). LAB XII has been reading through many of them in recent weeks. We thank all the contestants for their time, courage, and creativity. Now comes the difficult task of deciding which piece best fits the competition criteria. The winner will be announced on December 1.