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Notable Judges Validate Children's Music Competition Entries in Addition to the 1st Annual Competition Itself

Our two volunteer judges both have extensive experience working with children in their music endeavors. Though they both come from classical beginnings, they currently represent very different musical arenas, and therefore have different judging perspectives. An enormous thank you to these judges who took great care in commenting to each student.

Judge Number 1: Grammy Award winning Maestro Lucas Richman is Music Director and Conductor of both the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and the BSO in Maine. Read further about him at

Judge Number 2:  American Composer, Writer and Trumpeter Paul Brody is based in Berlin. He appeared in an April 2014 German Time Magazine for his latest album The Rose Auslander Project with his band, Sadawi, and has numerous recordings by the Enja and Tzadik Record Labels. He has written and produced programs for NPR and WDR and SWR in Germany, as well as hosted his own radio program in Berlin. He has toured the world extensively as a jazz and klezmer musician.

So you want to know the winners??? ViolettesbyBecky sorted thru the judges comments to decide the final placement decision and honorable mentions.  Keeping in mind that I didn't want winners to all be the same instrument (there were numerous pianist entries), it was a tough call. Choosing placement between creativity and technicalities was not easy. However, the 1st place $100 prize winner was unanimous. I want to thank and encourage each and every child for their awesome efforts. A Certificate and judges comments will be forwarded to each of the students. 1st Annual Youth Composition Competition Winners:

1st Place: $100 David Ghesser for Piano Composition

2nd Place: Helena Abney-McPeek for String Quartet

3rd Place Tie: Leon Yu and Griffin Koelbel for Piano Compositions

4rth Place: Juliana Lynch for her Beautiful Voice and Song with Piano

Honorable Mention: Jill Collis for her fiddle tune and Ben Noah Shifrel for Piano Composition and Becky’s pick for presentation, Christopher Moore


 Note to students and parents - I notice the judges leaned to the older children for awards. Please spread the word of music-themed gifts so that this competition can grow and afford to have more prizes for age groups and genres. We are continually updating our Personalized Presents section under "Music Gifts and Cool Crafts".

Check back to our blog in the future. We will feature music entries and bios  of these wonderful children in future blogs. Also, there will be press announcements in your local papers. Thanks for your support.

Violettes supports Music for Children causes and is currently working on a fundraiser for the Knoxville nonprofit Joy of Music School who provides music lessons and instruments to needy children.


Becky Chaffee


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