Summit freshman wins student melody contest

Summit freshman wins student melody contest

Summit Country Day School freshman Irene Calderon, Hyde Park, is one of two winners of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s student melody contest.

Summit Country Day School freshman Irene Calderon, Hyde Park, is one of two winners of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s student melody contest. 

A professional composer, Meng Weng, will now develop Irene’s “The Moon in my Rearview Mirror” into a full-scale piece. The new piece will debut at the “One Giant Leap” concerts on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, March 28.

“As usual, Irene took the ball and ran with it,” said Robert Browning, Director of Instrumental Music at The Summit. “She came to me with two different melodies she composed on the piano. We talked about making a few minor changes and notating the melody. Nevertheless, this was all her. I’m sure her studies with Theresa (Merrill) in the Music Theory class were a big help also.”

Fortuitously, Summit band students as well as students in the fifth and sixth grade were already planning to attend the CSO’s Young Person’s Concert series. That means they will hear the premiere of Irene’s melody as played by the CSO.