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Colagiovanni Wins MTNA Young Artist Composition Competition

March 1, 2016

    Benedetto Colagiovanni of St. Louis, Missouri, won first place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Composition Competition for his piece Forest Park Rhapsody.

    Colagiovanni, 22, is currently completing his undergraduate degree in music composition at the University of Missouri in Columbia, under the guidance of Stefan Freund, William J. Lackey and W. Thomas McKenney. In addition to composing, Colagiovanni, a jazz pianist, is a member of the MU Concert Jazz Band and has written for and performed with such luminaries as Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Joe Locke, John Clayton and James Carter.

    The MTNA Composition Competition was judged prior to the 2016 MTNA National Conference, which will take place April 2–6, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. The Young Artist Division is open to composers ages 19–26. As a national competition winner, Colagiovanni receives $3,000, provided by the MTNA Foundation Fund. His composition will be performed in the winners’ recital on Tuesday, April 5, at the conference.

    The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. First-place winners of each state’s competition advance to a division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals.