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Kendall student earns blue ribbon in Symphony in Color contest

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News One of our young artists here at Kendall Elementary was recently named one of only 36 blue ribbon honorees in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition, and another of our students earned an honorable mention.

Alexa Ortiz-Juarez, second grade, earned a blue ribbon in the 2017 Symphony in Color competition.

Chloee Bridges, second grade, earned an honorable mention in the 2017 Symphony in Color competition.


A panel of judges selected 100 pieces as finalists, out of tens of thousands submitted by students around the state. Just 36 pieces are named Blue Ribbon honorees. The finalists' work will be on display from April 1 through May 7 at the Indiana State Museum and the Hilbert Circle Theater.

Congratulations to Alexa and Chloee on their awards, and thanks to art teacher Karen Fry for the opportunities and guidance she provides all year long to our students!

More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • "Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet, by Sergei Prokofiev
  • “The Fairy Garden” from the Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel
  • “Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Op. 214” by Johann Strauss Jr.
  • “Mambo” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
  • “Air on the G String: Suite No. 3 in D Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach