Graduate Student Wins PMEA Composition Competition

rob traughEach year, the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association (PMEA) sponsors a composition competition for students and members that guarantees the winner a performance of the winning piece. This year, the winner at the member's level is master's student, Robert Traugh.

Traugh scored his piece, entitled A Fleeting Moment, for wind ensemble. His teacher, Lynn Emberg Purse said, "Rob made amazing progress in his first semester of studying composition in our Masters of Music/Music Technology program, moving from short sketches to this large wind symphony piece. He has a great future as a composer!"

A Fleeting Moment is an exploration of Traugh's desire to write something beautiful. On his inspiration for the piece, Traugh offers, "In pondering what beauty is, I found myself referencing short moments in my own life... the simple things. I know that it is easy for me to feel there is not enough time in the given day and feel like I am running on to the next big thing. I think it is this way for most people. We pass by some of the beauty in our lives and recognize it only when we reflect at the end of a fast-paced day. I think we all encounter these fleeting moments in different forms that only need us to stop and appreciate them." 

This year, the Duquesne University Wind Symphony will be performing at the PMEA state convention, and coincidentally will be the ensemble performing Traugh's piece. The Wind Symphony will perform their scheduled concert at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, April 1, followed by a recognition ceremony for the winners of the competition at 4:45 p.m.


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