The Jackson Symphony League announced its Color of Music art contest winners, and several homeschool students received recognition for their submissions.
This is the 26th year the Color of Music art contest has been held and there were 14 schools, that also included public and private, across West Tennessee that had students who participated.
“We had over 2,300 students who participated this year and 133 entries received an award or ribbon,” said Leonie Hefley, Chairperson for the Color of Music project.
Although this is the second year Hefley has chaired the Color of Music art contest, she has been involved with the Jackson Symphony in different roles for almost 30 years. Hefley is also on the Jackson Symphony Association Board of Directors. She sees the art contest as a benefit to students who participate.
“It is an expressive way to interpret the classical music that the child listened to. Listening to the same piece of music invokes multiple images in one’s mind and this allows the child to get creative and imaginative,” said Hefley.
The Color of Music has four top awards:
Bravo Award – the overall award (kindergarten through eighth grades)
Fantasia Award (sixth through eighth grades)
Capriccio Award (third through fifth grades)
Prelude Award (kindergarten through second grades)
Along with the top four awards, Blue Ribbon and Honorable Mention winners are also selected.
“There are 45 Blue Ribbon winners named (five from each kindergarten through eighth grade) and 84 Honorable Mention winners,” said Hefley. “The Jackson Symphony League hopes to foster a love of music and introduce young people to the Symphony.”
The music selections this year were Mov. 4 of Dvorak Symphony No. 7 and Mov. 1 of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Students listened to the music and interpreted it through art.
One group of homeschool students who were recognized include the following:
Blue Ribbon Award – Kylee Nicole Ames and Jemima Freeman
Honorable Mention Award – Providence Freeman, Ruthie Freeman, and Valor Freeman
Faith Home School Tutorial in Jackson also had the following students who were recognized:
Blue Ribbon Award – Emmaline Holmes, Lorelei Rockholt, and Knox Sutton
Honorable Mention Award – Amelia Beebe, Ginny Cali, Elise Coyle, Allie Kate Heit, Evan Myatt, Karalise Myatt, Lia Price, Lillian Scott, and Katie Young
The Color of Music art contest will culminate or Saturday, March 11, 2023, with a private reception for the winners and their families. A public concert performance, Passionate Masterworks, by the Jackson Symphony will follow at The Ned that evening at 7 p.m., and include the two music selections from the contest. Tickets to the concert may be purchased online. The Color of Music Art Project is sponsored by the Jackson Symphony League in partnership with LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
If you will have a homeschool student who would like to participate next year, will be in kindergarten through eighth grades, and lives in the West Tennessee school systems (Madison County and its surrounding counties, i.e.: Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, McNairy and Weakley), contact the Color of Music homeschool coordinator for more information.
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