Paisley Smith, an eighth-grade student at Oak Mountain Middle School, recently was announced as a grade-level winner of the Young Composers Competition sponsored by the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA). Smith was one of six students from grades 8-12 across to be named a finalist in the competition.
Smith joined the other finalists at the AMEA’s annual conference awards ceremony, held in Birmingham January 18, where she was presented with a plaque for her accomplishment.
The competition requirements were that students had to compose a solo, song, string quartet, concerto, or any medium of choice in one of five categories. Students had to submit an original score to the judging panel in either handwritten or electronic format. Smith won in Category B with a duet she composed for clarinet and tenor saxophone entitled “Arran.”