Lower Merion High School junior 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.
Leo will have his composition recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and receive a cash prize. In addition, he'll take a composition lesson with GRAMMY award-winning musician and longtime Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member, Ted Nash, and he'll receive a free trip to New York to observe and participate in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.
Leo's composition was selected from more than two dozen entries. Leo has participated in LMHS's Concert Band and Jazz Band and is currently pursuing an independent study in jazz arranging.
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.