Compositions of 17 young New Mexico preteens have been selected for the 2013 Hey, Mozart! New Mexico project, a statewide program that encourages children to create music. Youngsters from around the state submitted more than 130 original melodies to the project.
Karin Ebey, 9, Los Alamos, a student at Mountain Elementary, composed an original melody, Coelophysis on the Rio Grande, which was selected for the project. It will be arranged by Christian Newman, of University of New Mexico for orchestra. Ebey’s teacher is Juanita Madland, a permanent nationally certified teacher of music. Ebey is the daughter of Dr. Ruth Skoug and Dr. Peter Ebey.
Joining her as composers for Hey, Mozart! New Mexico 2013 are Jessica Allen, Analise Granados, Jim Helmich, Isabelle Jordan, Mark Koshkin, Malcom Parnall, Angie Romano and Sophie Rubeo, all of Albuquerque; Xavier Almodóvar, of Rio Rancho; Kira Cunniff, of Las Cruces; JoeLi Evans and Emily Townsend, of Hobbs; Andreas Landstedt, of Los Lunas and Rachael Snodgrass, of Clovis.
To make the singular Hey, Mozart! experience available to more children, the project created a master class category for children who had been selected as composers in previous years. This year’s master class composers are Geneva Todd from Albuquerque and Ivory Heister from Hobbs.