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WILMORE, KY—Matthew Riddle, a senior double major in music (composition emphasis) and biochemistry, has been named the winner of the Kentucky Music Educators Associations’ KMEA Collegiate Composition Competition.

His work for a cappella choir, Sanctus—Agnus Dei, two settings of liturgical Latin texts, will be performed in Louisville during the KMEA In-Service Conference at the Louisville Center for the Arts. His work will open the Intercollegiate Festival on Thursday, Feb. 5, with the expectation that the Asbury Chorale (Dr. Vicki Bell) will be the performing ensemble. Riddle of Ashland, Ky., studies composition with Dr. Ronald Holz. After graduation in May, Riddle plans to enter medical school.

Riddle’s composition, chosen by unanimous vote by the three non-aligned collegiate judges, was chosen from among all compositions sent to the contest by all colleges and universities in the state of Kentucky.  Three other Asbury students, who also study with Dr. Holz, submitted fine scores:  Luke Baldridge, Nathan Craddock, and Mario Manrique.

The Asbury College Music Department has had marked success in this composition competition, with a high percentage of winners over the past dozen years or so.  Recently alumni who have won this contest and had their works performed at KMEA include Enoch Jacobus ’06, Erin Mathias ’04, Andrew S. Miller III ’02, Shawn Okpebholo ’03, and Timothy Campbell ’99.