Young Composers Contest

In celebration of Make Music Day 2017, MakeMusic and the American Composers Forum held a composition contest for young composers, aged 13-21. The winning composer, Dakota Pedersen, received cash and other prizes as well as performances of his new work across the country as part of national Make Music Day celebrations on June 21st, 2017.

Dakota Pedersen is a self-taught young composer from Cedar Lake, Indiana. In his four years of composing, Dakota has seen world premieres with his high school band and with the NWI Youth Symphony Orchestra, with whom he currently plays clarinet and percussion. Dakota’s piece for Make Music Day, Spring Dances depicts the feeling of his favorite season through exciting, dance-like melodies.

Windy City Winds
Washington Square Park, Chicago
June 21st, 2017