Earlier this year, Lower Merion High School senior Leo Steinriede was selected as the winner of the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 8th Annual Essentially Ellington Dr. J. Douglas White Student Composition and Arranging Contest. Since winning that award, the Aces' young virtuoso has not shown any signs of slowing down.
Continuing to follow his passion for jazz and music composition, Steinriede has not missed a beat as he was recently named a National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention winner in Jazz Composition AND tied for second place in the Irwin Kostal Scholarship for Orchestration program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC).
The YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. Winners are chosen for their caliber of artistic achievement by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process and are awarded in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit. This year, YoungArts award winners at all levels receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000.
Steinriede's second place finish in the ASMAC competition was based on his exemplary original musical arrangement, as well as a statement of his career goals and aspirations and a letter of recommendation from a music professional.
LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. Leo's work is an example of Strategic Pathway #1: Redefining Success and Strategic Pathway #4: Student-Driven Schools. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.
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