Knoxville, TN April 15, 2014-
Violettes by Becky challenged kids to write a song about being themselves as part of their 1st annual Competition for Youth. The challenge titled, “Being Me Now," was meant for kids to write about themselves using music with or without lyrics. It was a tough national competition resulting in winners from California, Illinois, New York and Maryland, with honorable mentions from British Columbia and Florida.
The 1st place ($100), went to 16 year old California composer, David Ghesser for his piano composition, “Impresseions." The talented teen has just begun to learn orchestration, and to write for viola, cello, violin, alto flute and bass clarinet. He has future plans to compose for motion pictures as well as writing large orchestral pieces.
2nd Place (a Violin Purse/gig bag), went to 13 year old Chicago composer, Helena Abbey-McPeek for her string quartet. Helena began composing from a young age. She is a member of the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, and is an active participant in the CYSO's Composition Seminar. She attends the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where she sings in the choir and is a member of the MATHCOUNTS team.
Notable volunteer judges included Maestro Lucas Richman, Klezmer Jazz and Paul Brody.
“I am always interested in doing whatever I can to help foster and guide creativity from our younger generations," said Maestro Lucas Richman."
Violettes by Becky offers unique gifts inspired by music. Gig bags and purses shaped like musical instruments as well as other musical gifts can be found on the site. You can find the perfect gift for the musician in your life. Violettes enjoys raising money for Joy of Music School in Knoxville, TN; a nonprofit school, providing for music lessons and instruments to children who cannot afford them.
“It’s exciting to me to think that I have encouraged even one child with creativity!”says Becky.