Two Trevecca students, two John Lennon contests

By Adam Wadding

Two Trevecca students have been named finalists in two prestigious song writing contests.

Junior Stefanie Wienecke and Sophomore Andrea Corzine both placed in contests named after the Beatles legend John Lennon.

The BMI John Lennon Songwriting program, entered by Corzine, awards scholarships to the best original composition for vocal instrumental performance. Corzine is among the top 40 finalists of the 96 contestants that entered.  She’ll know in June if she’s won a $10,000 scholarship or one of the $5,000 scholarships the runners-up will receive.

Corzine has been writing music since the ninth grade, and is a worship art major with an emphasis on song writing. With her original song, “Breakthrough” a worship song, she has made it into the final round of the competition and hopes to place further this summer.

“I think the $10,000 will be a really great asset for a new guitar and to pay for school bills,” Corzine said. “I think it will be great to be able to put that on any kind of resume.”

Wienecke, who entered the John Lennon Songwriting contest, a different competition, placed in the top six in the Genre of Pop, with her original song, “Black and White.”

“I had wrote the song two years ago, and performed it last year at the Songwriters Challenge on campus,” Wienecke said.

The contest is open to any amateur and professional song writers, with entries in 12 genres ranging from pop, electronic, country, gospel and more. The nationwide contest was judged by famous names such as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, and The Veronicas. With 72 finalists, there werea total of 24 grand prize winners.

Placing as a finalist, Wienecke received: $100 gift certificate, an Apple Ipod Shuffle, Sibelius 6 music writing software, and a one year subscription to a selection of music magazines.

Both students were encouraged to enter the contests by one of their professors, Kim Mclean, adjunct professor for songwriting.

For more information on both of these contests visit:

John Lennon Songwriting Contest and BMI John Lennon Songwriting Program

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