2012-2013 Student Recognition

Our Harmonia students are constantly winning so many awards, getting accepted into prestigious programs, or premiering new works, that it’s hard to keep up with all their accomplishments!  In 2012 and 2013, just for fun, we kept a record of everyone’s activities for posterity! 

Kevin Kopczynski's winning game "Etiquette Anarchy"
Noah Balamucki's score for "The Writer" by film maker Edson Oda was one of the hits of the year!
Grace Gollmar wrote both the words and the music to our first Virtual Choir recording - "June"
Michael Jon Bennett will be going to Juilliard pre-college as an organ major.

7/10/13:  Harmonia member Kevin Kopczynski is a winner in the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge.  Kevin was one of fourteen middle school and high school students who were announced as winners from almost 4,000 entries.  This competition aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games. Congratulations, Kevin!

2013 STEM winners announced  

Here’s a description of the winning submissions.

7/4/13:  Harmonia member Noah Balamucki is the first to finish scoring a film in the Summer Film Score Project.  His score for Edson Oda‘s wonderful film “The Writer” is a hit!

6/5/13:  Several Harmonia members have been selected to work on film scoring in a special summer project.  Noah Balamucki, Grace Gollmar, Kevin Kopczynski, Gabriel Crist,  Stephanie Wang, and Abe Lange will be scoring films from our International Film Bank for this Summer Film Score Project.   Each composer will give his/her own interpretation of the films through music.  These film will be shown in our fall concert, and discussed in forums on VirtualArtists.

6/1/13:  Harmonia member Grace Gollmar had her vocal composition “June” premiered by our very first Virtual Choir.   Singers and sound engineers from Scotland, Finland, California and North Carolina combined to create a splendid recording which was enjoyed by the audience of the Harmonia Spring Concert.

12/4/12:  Harmonia member Stephanie Wang is the winner of the MTNA Southern Division composition competition, Elementary level.  She is now a National Finalist!   Congratulations to Stephanie and good luck on the next level of competition.   National winners will be announced in January 2013.

11/28/12:  Harmonia member Michael Jon Bennett has been accepted into the Juilliard pre-college as an organ major and will be leaving for New York sometime in the new year.  We wish you the very best, Michael, and we will miss you!!!  You will still enter our composition contests, won’t you?

11/11/12:  Harmonia member Grace Gollmar had her newest composition premiered today!   Her commissioned work, Psalm 24, was sung by her youth choir and was joyously received.  Good work Grace!  You can hear this piece on her site: Grace Gollmar, Composer

10/8/12:  Harmonia members did really well in the MTNA State Composition Competition this year!  Elementary: Stephanie Wang won with her “String Quartet I: A Magical Fair” – 1st movement,  Senior: Grace Gollmar received Honorable Mention with her “Themes from the Impressionist”  and Charles Higgins won with his “World of Fading Light”.  Young Artists:  Samantha Strowd won with “Five Cats, or Something Like That”.

6/1/2012:  Harmonia member Noah Balamucki is one of twelve young composers selected from all over the country to attend the prestigious Tanglewood summer program.  Congratulations, Noah!!

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