PEQUOT LAKES -- Pequot Lakes student Cullen Hoglund earned an excellent rating in a nationwide Junior Composer's Contest hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs.
The seventh-grader's piano piece earned superior ratings at the state and regional level, qualifying him for national judging. Competing nationally, his piece achieved 89 points out of 100, one point from the superior rating that would have qualified for a cash award. Hoglund's success in the competition did earn him a scholarship to the annual Junior Composers Institute, a clinic July 8-13 at Northwestern College in St. Paul.
Competing in the age 13-15 class, Hoglund's piece, titled "Monkish Business," earlier scored 98 points out of 100 possible in the Minnesota competition, and 94 in the regional competition. The song was inspired by recordings of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.
Hoglund, 13, is a student of Pequot Lakes piano instructor Renee Anderson, who assisted him in completing the composition and entering it in the federation contest. He has been studying with Anderson for six years.
He is also a member of the Pequot middle school jazz and concert bands, and the middle school boys' choir.
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