High school sophomore wins Missouri Composers award

Edward Crouse practices pieces by Mozart and Hadyn during his piano lesson with instructor Jan Houser at her home on Boonville Road. On March 10, the Columbia Civic Orchestra will perform his composition, “The Tragedy of the Hero,” during a concert at Columbia College.

Edward Crouse practices pieces by Mozart and Hadyn during his piano lesson with instructor Jan Houser at her home on Boonville Road. On March 10, the Columbia Civic Orchestra will perform his composition, “The Tragedy of the Hero,” during a concert at Columbia College. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Woodwinds need to breathe.

As sophomore Edward Crouse composed “The Tragedy of the Hero” this fall for a fully orchestrated symphony, among his challenges was to write for unfamiliar instruments.

He plays with the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra, so the violist is more comfortable with strings.

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But he must have made everything work. The Missouri Composers Orchestra Project awarded his eight-minute work first prize with a $500 honorarium.

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