Second-Grader Composes Original Song About Colorado, Wins Contest

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

Nine students out of more than 300 that entered the "My Colorado Contest" were chosen as winners. Three of those winners live right here in Southern Colorado.

Isobel McGivney is a second-grader at Fountain International Magnet School in Pueblo City Schools District 60. Her general music teacher Carolyn Smith says she is exceptionally gifted. "She gave me two pages of hand-written music, all by herself, within five days. For me, that would have taken a while to write two pages of music," says Smith.

Smith tasked 12 of her brightest students with creating an entry for the "My Colorado Contest". The contest would be judged on the project's creativity, innovation, historical knowledge and passion for the state.

Isobel decided to compose an original piece of music that would share how Colorado spoke to her through music. Turning what she felt, saw, smelt, heard, and tasted from the world around her into music, Isobel wrote more than three minutes of music.

The piece, which can be heard by clicking on the link, has distinct sections each with its own mood. The first is called "Mountains." Others are entitled "Dust Devil" and "Raindrops".

"One of the hardest parts was figuring out what things that I didn't want to put in there," says McGivney.

Smith, who has a degree in music, explains that Isobel's song opened doors even to her. While there are technical flaws, Smith says the song is remarkable. "She wrote how she felt, and not how the music should follow the formula," says Smith.

As a winner, Isobel, her classmates, and two family members will attend the inauguration of Governor-elect John Hickenlooper. After the inauguration, they will enjoy a lunch at the Denver Art Museum with Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Joe Garcia.

Two other winners from Southern Colorado will join Isobel. Gabriella Leone, a fifth-grader at Fowler Elementary School drew a picture of an Eastern Plains sunset. Kristina Trujillo, a senior at Florence High School created a powerpoint presentation about her town of Florence.

Other winners from across the state were:

Collin Lowe, a first-grader from Dalton Elementary School in Aurora

Kenna Thomsen, a fourth-grader from Skyview Elementary School in Windsor

Gus Gill, an eighth-grader from Merino Junior Senior High School in Merino

Tabor Scholl, an eighth-grader from Mountain Valley Christian Academy in Kremmling

Destinee Reed, a sophomore Central High School in Grand Junction

Jack Dickson, a senior at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette

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  • by anon Location: here on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    Smelt??? Isn't that something made at the steel mill?
  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 21, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    As another music teacher, I'm impressed! I don't imagine that any of my second graders could compose a piece of music like this! Keep composing! You've got some talent! Congratulations, Isobel!
  • by me on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    What link? There isn't a link to the music. And for those of you who will later say "the link is right there stupid", it's not there at 6:22pm and the article posted at 4:58pm
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