Music Composition Student Wins NAfME Competition

Winston S Composition student

Posted on November 02, 2018 by Matt Geske

We are happy to share that Winston Schneider, a Music Composition Explorations Summer Workshop participant for several years, was selected as a winner of the National Association for Music Education’s Student Composers Competition for his piece “Scherzo of the Feather Stars”, which will be performed on November 13th at the NAfME National Conference.

Winston, a young composer from Omaha, Nebraska who just turned 11 years old, has had quite a year. Along with the NAfME Composer Competition win, he has also been selected as one of six pre-college composers from around the world to compose a new piece for MATA Jr. to be played in New York City. Winston also won first in NAfME’s Electronic Music Composition Competition (K-8 division).

He plans on returning to Mason in Summer 2019 for another composition workshop. “I learned so much in the summer intensive with Professor Camphouse,” said Winston. “I liked listening to all of the interesting pieces… and it inspired me to compose new pieces. I especially liked the Samuel Barber string piece – that inspired one of my string quartets. We had fun and intriguing assignments. Overall, it helped me grow as a composer.”

“Winston Schneider is a fine young gentleman and gifted young composer,” commented Professor Mark Camphouse. “He is a joy to work with and has a very bright future!”


You can listen to Winston’s piece “Scherzo of the Feather Stars” here:


The Academy would like to congratulate Winston on his impressive achievements and look forward to seeing him again soon!


(Summer 2019 information will be updated by January 15, 2019.)