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THS Junior Wins Mizzou Music Competition

Timberland junior Adam Routt has won second place in the High School Jazz Division of the 2019 Creating Original Music Project at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Routt’s musical composition, “Rad World,” will be performed during the Senior Division recital at the 2019 Creating Original Music Project Festival on April 13 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.


Routt is currently enrolled in three Advanced Placement (AP) courses: AP Music Theory, AP Physics I, and AP Calculus. He is in the improv group at Timberland, and hopes to be involved in the theater department next year. Routt plays the piano, guitar, and takes vocal lessons. He has been composing music for the last five years. “For me, it’s about trying to put ideas I’ve had in the past into the music, and trying to hear what comes next,” shared Routt. “There’s a lot of trial and error.”


“I am very pleased that Adam took it upon himself to enter this competition,” said Ronda Fields, Timberland Choir Director. “He is an excellent musician and has a rare understanding of music for his age. I’m glad that he has won this honor because he deserves it.” Routt’s composition, “Rad World,” will also be performed on May 10 by the Timberland Jazz Band, under the direction of Matthew Hayes, at the Spring Band Concert.


In recognition of his musical achievement, Routt will be awarded a $750 prize, and Timberland High School will also receive $750. In addition, he will receive a scholarship to attend the 2019 Missouri Summer Composition Institute June 16-22, 2019, at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  


The Creating Original Music Project (COMP) was founded in 2005 to encourage K-12 students in Missouri to write original music and to provide performance opportunities for those works. It is a joint venture of the University of Missouri’s Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, which provides an annual gift of $40,000 to sponsor the competition.


Adam Routt