The Lutheran Youth Choir International is pleased to announce the winner of its 2014-2015 International Choral Composition Contest. Sixteen entries from three countries were received.
This year’s winning entry is “Christ Be Born In Us” by Kyle Pederson of Eagan, Minnesota. Mr. Pederson serves on the music staff of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minnesota, and is also the co-founder of Learner’s Edge, an international education company. He holds degrees from Augustana College and the University of St. Thomas, and is currently enrolled in the MFA degree program in music composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Pederson’s compositions have been sung by choirs in more than a dozen countries. His most recent commission was featured at the 2015 TAISM International High School Choral Festival in Oman. In addition to a $500 cash prize, Pederson’s winning composition will be performed by the Lutheran Youth Choir International at its biennial Festival of American Vocal Music in Germany.