Cedar Park student a winner with Texas Young Composers competition

April 11, 2013 by  

Wyatt Hahn, a Cedar Park student, was one of the winners of the Texas Young Composers Competition in March. Although being victorious is an honor in itself, Wyatt also had his music played by the Austin Symphony Orchestra earlier this month.

Wyatt attends Cedar Park High School and is a junior drum major. His composition was played by the orchestra at the third Texas Young Composers Concert by Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

There are 21 entrants in the competition, with 10 winners. The students must be Texas residents, under 18 years of age and have a composition which involves all the orchestra. According to the marketing director of the Austin Symphony, Jason Nicholson, the students do not realize just how exciting it will be when they hear their music played by the orchestra, describing the atmosphere as “electric”.

Wyatt first won at the initial competition two years ago and, although he described the experience as “eye opening”, he was not satisfied with his composition. During the last two years, Wyatt has learned more about developing melodies and the combination of instruments.

According to Nicholson, the students who win the competition come from different backgrounds, with the love of music and composing being the connecting link. The schools in Texas will probably inform students of the competition and ask local print companies to provide poster and stationery printing. Wyatt gives credit to his family for supporting him with his music.