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Virginia Federation of Music Clubs

Junior Composers Contest 2016

 This year the state of Virginia had 116 entries

 Congratulations to our Yamaha winners!

Monetary Winners and Honorable Mentions

We are proud of you!


Ages 9 and under


First: Michael Ougnitch ($125)

Second: Kaitlyn Halepaska ($100)

Third: Priyanka Saravana ($75)

Incentive Award: Isabelle Fannin ($50)

Incentive Award: Stella Jones ($50)

Incentive Award: Jennifer Tran ($50)


Honorable Mention

Sophia Fredette

Isaac Fredette

Dominic Washington


Ages 10-12


First: Hannah Tse ($125)

Second: Katelynne Maitland ($100)

Third: Emma Pompilio ((75)

Incentive Award: Marie Macaluso ($50)

Incentive Award: Maya Wick ($50)

Honorable Mention

Jacob Cannon

Brooke Coryell


Ages 13-15


First: Abby Geron ($175)

Third: Erin Smith ($75)

Incentive Award: Evelyn Frields ($50)


Honorable Mention

Kyle Smith

Susie Webb

Kendell Weinfeld


ages 16-18


First: Amber Bouy ($200)

Incentive Award: Katie Settle ($50)

Incentive Award: Hailey Phelps ($50)


Abby Geron



Abby Geron - honorable Mention


















Ryan Barry performed his original composition The Sneaky Bank Robber at the Virginia Music Teachers Association Fall Convention held at Shenandoah University in Winchester On November 7, 2008


Benjamin Brosche won a full scholarship to the Yamaha Music Education System Music Camp held at Biola University on July 23 - 27, 2008. He  performed his original composition Gettin' the Low Down

Patrick McClure performed
his original Composition Revelation
at the NAMM (National  Association of Music Merchants) Convention
in California in January 2008.
He was accompanied by Benjamin Brosche

Benjamin Brosche was a  hit at the NAMM (National  Association of Music Merchants) Convention
in California in January 2007. He performed his original composition
Rapid Fire.
Ben was accompanied by professional instrumentalists:
MB Gordy: drums
Steve Pandis: bass
Keith Felch: Sax

He was then invited to make a recording to be sent to the International JOC Committee in Japan. This event took place April 12-15 in Buena Park, California at the Yamaha Corporation of America Headquarters.
For this recording his co-performers were:
MB Gordy: Drums
George Shelby: Sax
Bart Samolis: Bass

Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition
Benjamin Brosche has been named
second place winner

for the United States in  the MTNA Composition Competition for 2007.



Congratulations!  to Ben on his outstanding performances at the NAMM Convention! As you may know Ben was selected for this event as a result of his JOC entry in 2005. He has been placed in the Yamaha International Junior Original Concert Program. Yamaha sent professional musicians to his house in November, December, and January to instruct and rehearse with him. When we got to California there were more rehearsals at the YCA headquarters. And then the performance at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants.) This year’s convention hosted 87,000 people – the largest convention ever held at the Anaheim Convention center. I was invited to luncheon with the heads of the IJOC Foundation from Japan They expressed their delight with Ben’s piece and performance. While we were in California, Ben was also chosen to record his composition to be entered in the JOC auditions for Japan.

Ben’s co-performers and instructors include:

M B Gordy – percussionist. For the past 18 years he has been involved with the Yamaha Education Division as a clinician and education consultant. He was a percussionist with the Doobey Brothers and has played in numbers film scores including Scary Movie, Wonder Boys, Country Bears, Men in Black, Spider Man, Terminator 3,  X-Men, TV credits include The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, American Dream, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, He has performed with  LA Philharmonic, and the National Symphony, Pop and rock credits include Frank Zappa, Three Dog Night, John Tesh, Lion King and many, many others

Steve Pandis - bassist:  Movie credits include his performance in A Mighty Wind. Steve recorded numerous blues albums including his Buddy Guy Blues album. He performs with various bands in the LA area. A recent review of the Steve Pandis band: “The evening started with a few easy tempo dance tunes & from the start things gelled very quickly with our guest Bassist, Steve Pandis.  This Cat plays so well it just amazed each of us up on stage the entire evening.  He took everything we threw at him & up'd it to the next level.”

Keith Felch – alto sax and woodwinds: performs with numerous jazz bands in the LA area including Orange County Jazz Band and the Line Jazz Quartet. He is the author of  the book Chord/Scale Mastery, an new and exciting approach to jazz improvisation, stemming from over 25 years of private lesson instruction. (He presented Ben with a copy )
Recordings include the
Outtengrand Orchestra CD.