The DMEA would like to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual DMEA Traditional and Electronic Music Composition Contest for the 2016-2017 school year. There were 18 entries, 6 for Electronic Music Composition at the High School level, 3 for Electronic Music Composition at the Middle School level, and 9 for Traditional Music Composition at the High School Level.

The DMEA would like to congratulate all of the young musicians who submitted entries for the marvelous creativity and compositional skill that they exhibited through their compositions. The adjudicators marveled at the level of the compositions and had a very difficult time making their decisions. The DMEA would also like to acknowledge the members who sponsored and supported their students through the process.

The winners compositions will be played prior to the remaining All-State Concerts during this school year as well as receiving a years subscription to Finale (traditional) or Pro-Tools (electronic).


There was a tie in the High School division for Traditional Composition. 

One of the two co-winners is Jasmine Bryant, a student at Caesar Rodney High School. She is sponsored by DMEA member DuWane Sandlin.  Jasmine's composition is written for Flute and Piano and is aptly titled: Duet for Flute and Piano.

The other co-winner at the High School level is Ryan Meredith.  Ryan is a student at Caravel Academy and this is Ryan's second year as a winner.  He is sponsored by DMEA members Kelly Busovsky and William Merritt.  Ryan's composition was written for Drum Corp, horn line, drum line and front ensemble and is titled: An Ocean of Whales - subtitled "The power of the sea."

The winner at the Middle School level for Electronic Music and Music Production is David Poyta.  David is a student at the Tatnall School.  He is sponsored by DMEA member Rowena Gutana.  The title of David's composition is: Shooting Star

The winner at the High School level for Electronic Music and Music Production is Ryan Fisher.  Ryan is a student at the Wilmington Friends School.  He is sponsored by DMEA member Margaret Anne Butterfield.  The title of Ryan's composition is: Sublime