As a part-time Running Start student studying music theory at Centralia College, Chance Slater never dreamt he could become second runner up and the youngest recipient of the Jack Stone Award for New Music. In fact, this is only the third piece of music the Adna High School senior has ever composed.
The Jack Stone Award for New Music was created in 2010 through a grant from Yale University. It is awarded annually to three community college students for their composition of an original music score. This year, Slater’s winning composition will be performed by international percussionist Graeme Francis, violinist Sarah Silver, and cellist Morgen Johnson as part of the award ceremony at the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College on April 5 in San Antonio, Texas.
In addition, Slater and the other award recipients will participate in a master class in music composition with one of the award judges and one of the musicians performing their score. The Jack Stone Award recipient and runners-up are selected by members of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio.
“I didn’t think I had a chance at the award,” Chance explained. “I wouldn’t have even tried without the encouragement from my music professor Beth May. Receiving this award will make a huge difference when I apply for music programs at four-year colleges.”
In addition to working towards his associate degree, Chance plays in the CC Jazz Band, and plays saxophone, guitar, and some piano. He plans to apply for the music program at Washington State University. His ultimate goal is to play jazz professionally, and to teach music at the college level. He also has two brothers and a sister who have graduated from Centralia College, two of which played in the CC Jazz Band and studied music, as well.