Mercer Island Reporter


Islander wins national Reflections award for original musical composition

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
June 6, 2013 · 11:25 AM

Mercer Island junior Stuart Burke, seen here playing on the keyboard, was recently awarded the Award of Excellence in the special artist music category during the national Reflections competition. / Contributed Photo

Mercer Island High School junior, Stuart Burke, was the recipient of an Award of Excellence in Special Artist Music for his original composition, “Stuart's Magical Spontaneous Music.”

Burke, who works with Island music teacher Connie Wible, is one of just eight Washington state students who received a National PTA Reflections Award.

The theme this year was “The Magic Of A Moment.”

In Washington state, 390 local PTA units supported the Reflections program. Students created over 9,000 works of art inspired by this theme.

The Reflections program is an arts enrichment program created to give students in preschool through 12th grade the opportunity to create artwork based on a theme.

Twenty-nine entries were forwarded from the Washington State PTA to National PTA, to compete with students from around the nation and American overseas schools.

The contest features students’ work in the following categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students submit their art through local PTAs. Entries are judged in age divisions — primary (pre K-2), intermediate (3-5), middle/junior (6-8) or senior (9-12). This year, a special artist, non-graded division was added in all genres.


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