2022 KMEA Collegiate Composition Winner: Riley Ferretti, SOM alum

 Each year, The Kentucky Music Educators Association solicits submissions from undergraduate student composers currently studying at a Kentucky college/university to submit an original score for consideration in the KMEA Collegiate Composition Competition. The 2022 winner is Riley Ferretti, a UofL School of Music graduate, with her winning work for SATB choir, The Oak.

Riley Ferretti is a Japanese-American composer and vocalist whose music explores the expanse of human emotion through various compositional and improvisatory techniques. Her inspiration spans numerous sources, ranging from Eastern European choral music to punk to electronic ambient music. She recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.M. in Music Composition, studying under Dr. Marc Satterwhite. At the University of Louisville, she was also a member of the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers under the direction of Dr. Kent Hatteberg and the Women’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Won Joo Ahn. She recently received the Sixty-Second Annual Alumni Award from the UofL School of Music.