Centennial 12-year-old wins junior strings competition

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Posted 11/5/18

Ryder Moran, a 12-year-old West Middle School student from Centennial, will represent Colorado after winning the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings competition in October. The next …

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Centennial 12-year-old wins junior strings competition

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Ryder Moran, a 12-year-old West Middle School student from Centennial, will represent Colorado after winning the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings competition in October. The next step is the MTNA West Central Regional Junior Strings competition.

Moran earned this win for his 12-minute performance of a Mendelssohn Concerto from memory. Moran has played the violin for five years and is a student of Jeong-Bo Shim of Aurora.

In 2017, Ryder was the youngest student in the country selected to audition at The Julliard School, one of 40 students around the world chosen for this honor. In 2016, Ryder was the youngest student admitted to the top-ranked music summer school at Indiana University in Bloomington. He placed third in that concerto competition.

Ryder hopes to win the regional division competition in December and to go on to the National Finals in Spokane, Washington, in March. National finalists will be announced in mid-January.

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 20,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.

See Moran's winning performance at https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=QX_Ccb369SY&feature=youtu.be

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