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Music student Calvin Hanson wins Jack Stone Award for composition


Congratulations to Edmonds College Music student Calvin Hanson!

Hanson will soon be on his way to Texas to hear his composition performed at the Jack Stone Music Concert April 24 at Northwest Vista College.

Calvin is the winner of the Jack Stone Award in Northwest Vista College's third annual musical-score contest for community college students. His composition was one of three chosen from across the United States to be performed at the concert. All three students receive recognition and cash prizes, but Hanson brings home the Jack Stone Award.

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SAN ANTONIO — Three students from across the United States have been selected as winners in the third annual musical-score contest for community college students – the only national contest of its kind for two-year college students.

All three winners will have their pieces performed at a concert on April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Studio (room 107) in Palmetto Center for the Arts/Northwest Vista College. The winner will receive the Jack Stone Award for new music and a cash prize. The second and third place winners also are recognized and receive cash prizes. The concert will feature professional performers Eileen Mack on the clarinet, Eleonore Oppenheim on the double bass and William Smith on the piano. Following the concert will be a reception.

The first place winner is Calvin Hanson from Edmonds College in Washington.

The second place winner is Kenji Oh from Los Angeles City College in California, and the third place winner is Connor Helms from Rock Valley College in Illinois. Each of the three students received airplane tickets so they can be present at the concert.

"There’s a lot of calls for scores for student composers, but they are not limited to community college students,” said NVC music instructor Beth May. “I know my (community college) students are talented, but they don't have as many years of lessons and experience as university students. I felt like they needed to have their own competition."

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