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Alden student’s composition earns trip to state music conference

An Alden High School student was in Rochester this week debuting his flute composition in front of a panel of professional conductors at the 2013 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference.

Alex Hamilton, a freshman at the high school, wrote the music while he was in eighth grade, Alden Middle School band director Kelly Nieman said at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting.

“In the spring, he asked me to take a look at his composition,” she said. “I expected a short thing, and he brought me pages of handwritten manuscript. He wrote the whole thing by ear. It’s just incredible.”

Alex’s piece, “Duetto in C Major,” was to be played by two Fredonia State College students during the 15th annual Young Composers Honors Concert portion of the conference, where Alex would receive feedback from a panel of professional composers, Nieman said.

The student was “really looking forward to that,” she said.

Alex was one of a dozen students chosen from about 100 applicants from all New York State, Nieman said.

Lori Hamilton, Alex’s mother, also spoke at the board meeting, thanking Nieman for supporting her son.

“I just wanted to let you all know how wonderful the music program in Alden is,” she said.

In other action:

• Board President Paul Hutschenreuter said the board has received 200 surveys on the superintendent search.

The deadline for filling out the survey is Dec. 18, and Hutschenreuter said he wants as many people to fill out the survey as possible.

“It’s an important tool for us,” he said.

The survey is available on the district’s website.

• The Community Based Committee will meet at 12:45 and 5:45 p.m. Thursday to tour the Primary School, interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman said.

• Stoltman also announced that three people involved with the district would be able to attend State Education Commissioner John King’s appearance at WNED studios in Buffalo on Thursday. “Every district is being allotted three slots,” he said.

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