Long Island teen wins Metropolitan Youth Orchestra contest

Posted on: November 8, 2010

In Sunday’s (11/7) Newsday (New York), Michael R. Ebert writes, “John Adam Strub, a visually impaired sophomore at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, recently won first place in a orchestral composition contest coordinated by the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. For winning, Strub received a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to have his original composition performed by the orchestra during a concert at Adelphi University in March. Strub said he started writing the five-minute piece on the piano in the summer of 2009 and finished it six months later. … The contest required students to submit a score and audio recording of their pieces. Strub said he used Sibelius computer software to aid in the composing process and sent in a recording of the high school’s chamber orchestra performing the pieces last school year. The symphonic orchestra at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School in Setauket also performed the piece last spring, and two Wisconsin youth orchestras are slated to perform it later this season.” A full version of the article is available here but a subscription is required.

Posted November 8, 2010