We are delighted to report that Bradley Shane Harris is the East Central Division Winner in the Music Teachers National Association‘s (MTNA) Student Composition Competitions! Harris will now advance to the national level of the competitions, alongside six other young artists. You can view a complete list of national finalists here.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Harris is a second year master’s degree student at CCM, where he studies with Douglas Knehans, Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar.
In 2013, Harris’ piece for alto saxophone and piano (Perspectives) garnered a first prize award in the Collegiate Division of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs’ (OFMC) Composition Competition.
During that same year, Harris received a grant that allowed him to study in Milna, Croatia, with CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman. With his spare time, Harris enjoys racquetball and volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each State Competition advance to the Division Competition. Division Winners then proceed to the National Finals. The National Winner’s composition will be performed during a Winners Concert at the MTNA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.