Winston Schneider receives one of the top two types of awards, an "Honorable Mention," in the ASCAP 2021 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
May 14, 2021

Schneider received one of the top two types of awards, an “Honorable Mention” in the competitive and prestigious ASCAP 2021 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a competition for composers up to 30 years of age. There are typically 400 - 500 applicants each year. The ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams says, "The young composers recognized by The ASCAP Foundation are taking concert music in new and exciting directions. They are the future of the genre and it gives us great pleasure to support and empower them to further their talents."

Established as The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards in 1979, the program grants cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. 

Winston Schneider selected to be a part of Dolce Suono Ensemble's new project “COMPOSERLAB FLUTE: YOUNG AMERICAN COMPOSERS.” 
March, 2021

Dolce Suono Ensemble (DSE) is delighted to announce the launch of our new project “COMPOSERLAB FLUTE: YOUNG AMERICAN COMPOSERS.” Our goal is to bring compelling new works by young composers before a global online audience and provide an enriching professional experience for developing composers, assisting them in having their musical voices heard. We are honored to have been awarded a grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University for this project. ComposerLab will provide an online platform to disseminate excellent works by American composers under 30.

Beethoven Septet Program Features Innovative and Classic Chamber Music: Young Omaha Composer Winston Schneider to Premiere New Work, Summer of COVID-19
October 13, 2020

Omaha Symphony Press Release: Throughout history, composers have interacted with and been influenced by each other in ways that are often not obvious upon first reflection. Do Beethoven’s Septet in E flat Major and 12-year-old Omaha composer Winston Schneider’s new work, The Summer of COVID-19 (from the perspective of a 17-year-old-girl) share a direct musical connection? That’s the question answered by the Omaha Symphony’s upcoming chamber music program, Beethoven Septet. Both pieces, plus a menagerie of other chamber works, will be featured at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Holland Performing Arts Center Peter Kiewit Hall.

Repertoire will feature a mix of chamber music from the nineteenth century through 2020, with instrumentation employing the musicians in varying and exciting combinations. In addition to the world premier of Schneider’s newly commissioned piece, audiences will also see two Omaha premieres of work by living composers: Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner for cello and flower pots, and Robert Honstein’s Patter.

Audiences may remember 12-year-old Schneider from his previous collaboration with the Omaha Symphony – the young composer’s Insect Suite was performed by the orchestra in February of 2020 as part of the orchestra’s Buzzing About Bugs family programming. His new work, which was commissioned by the Omaha Symphony, utilizes the same instrumentation as Beethoven’s Septet plus one violin. It speaks to this moment in a pronounced way as it utilizes a recording from the Durham Museum’s “Stories of the Pandemic” project as an artistic anchor. 


“COVID-19 affected everyone’s lives worldwide,” said Schneider. “We heard and continue to hear about it every day. This is one particular story – a 17-year-old girl living in Omaha in the summer of the pandemic. One story out of the 7.5 billion people in the world. Her story is not a viral headline story. It’s a story like many of ours, a melancholy realization that life is not like it was before and each person has a different story.”

In a time when we continue to make sense of the new world around us, Schneider used music to help make sense of a collective experience through someone else’s eyes: “The piece started to take a musical shape after the main melodic motive came to me while riding in the car,” he reflected. “I liked the idea of using a solo bassoon to begin the piece, because, to me, it sounds lonely, almost like standing in the middle of nowhere all by yourself. This feeling of loneliness, to me, reflects the isolation we all felt during the pandemic summer. As the piece nears the end, there is even more of an introspective and melancholy texture that I felt would fit the text."

NET's story "Winston, Young Composer" wins Heartland Emmy
July 25, 2020

The story "Winston, Young Composer" produced by NET Television's Mike Tobias (producer/writer), Justin Cheney (videographer/editor) and Emily Kreutz (field audio) won the 2020 Heartland Emmy for Arts/Entertainment Program Feature/Segment. 

12-year-old Omaha composer's musical piece featured by Omaha Symphony: KETV

CHECK OUT feature story on Winston on KETV.

12-year-old Omaha composer's musical piece featured by Omaha Symphony: Omaha World Herald

An Omaha Symphony concert for kids this weekend will feature a piece written by a kid.

"Buzzing About Bugs," part of the orchestra's Family Series, will include "Insect Suite," composed by Omahan Winston Schneider. It has three movements: The Stinkbug, The Whistling Tarantula and Fireflies. 

Winston, 12, wrote the piece when he was 10 years old as a participant in MATA Jr., a program that selects young composers to write a new work. He was among six participants from around the world who participated. The 11-minute "Insect Suite" debuted in November 2018. 

The young composer also won the 2019-220 junior piano performance competition sponsored by the Nebraska chapter of the Music Teachers National Association and won the junior music composition prize in the group's regional west-central division. 

He was the subject of a story on the PBS "Arts Canvas" website and was featured on NET's "Nebraska Stories" program. He plays cello with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and studies at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. 

The symphony concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kiewit Concert Hall of the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Families can learn about insects in their own backyards in the program, co-sponsored by the Henry Doorly Zoo. Tickets, $15 general admission, are available at or 402-345-0606. 

Omaha Symphony to Perform INSECT SUITE by Child Composer, Winston Schneider: Broadway World 
1.28. 2020

On Sunday, February 23, the Omaha Symphony will perform Winston Schneider's "Insect Suite," as a part of the Family Concert Series.

The concert, titled "Buzzing About Bugs," will feature the 11-minute full orchestra composition. Schneider wrote "Insect Suite" when he was 10, for the MATA Jr. Festival, when he was one of six pre-college composers selected internationally to compose a new piece. It debuted in New York in November, 2018. The piece includes three movements: I. The Stinkbug, II. The Whistling Tarantula, III. Fireflies.

Winston Schneider was nominated for Best Youth Actor in a Musical for the Broadway World Regional Awards for his role of Les in Newsies in 2018, at the Rose Theater in Omaha. Schneider also played the role of Slightly Soiled in the Rose Theater's production of Peter Pan in 2017, and Sammy in the Rose's Prancer in 2016.

Additionally this month, Schneider was named the grand prize winner in the Lowell MasonHouse national competition for Music Education Advocacy, with a video submission about the importance of a musical education. The Lowell Mason House is a music education and advocacy organization.

Schneider is also 2019-20's Nebraska state MTNA Junior piano performance competition winner, and the Regional West Central Division MTNA Junior music composition winner. He's been featured nationally on the PBS "Arts Canvas" website in a story called: "Bugs and books become inspiration for this 11-year-old composer."

Schneider has a rare ability of absolute pitch. He's studies music at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and plays cello with the Omaha Area Youth Symphony. He enjoys drawing, studying chemistry, music theory and insect biology, being in plays and musicals at the Rose Theater, reading, writing fiction, swim team, tennis, Tae Kwon Do, and spending time with his two cats, his sister, cousins and friends.

Schneider Wins National Lowell Mason House Music Education Advocacy Competition
1, 2020

The Lowell Mason House is a music education and advocacy organization. During the autumn of 2019, participants were asked to submit a video, song, presentation or paper that expresses their ideas on an important issue - the future of music education advocacy in the 21st century. Schneider was the Grand Prize Winner with a video essay. 

"Wunderkinder," Orchestra Omaha 

Orchestra Omaha's first concert of the season will feature the works of three composers who all wrote works while very young: 

        Schneider: The Jocund Overture

        Mozart: Symphony No.38 “Prague” in D Major, K.504
        Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64

September 28, 7 PM, Omaha Conservatory of Music

In the fall of 2018, young composter Winston Schneider was commissioned to write a melody and string trio for the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s fall fundraising annual appeal.  The melody was revealed notes at a time on Facebook, as donations rolled in.  Schneider’s “The Jocund Melody” helped to raise $68,800 for the OCM, $38,800 over their $30,000 goal.  


Since that time, 11 year old Schneider has turned “The Jocund Melody” into “The Jocund Overture.”  “When I was in the first meeting and asked to write a melody to reflect the vibe of the OCM, I immediately thought of the OCM on a busy day, with people coming and going and happy.  I wanted a happy vibe for the song.  The main motive of the piece came to me then, and I wrote it down in the meeting.  That initial motive is the basis for this piece. I hope you find some element of joy in ‘The Jocund Overture.’” (PBS NewsHour)
Bugs and books become inspiration for this 11-year-old composer

NET's "What If..." story is picked up nationally and featured on PBS NewsHour's Arts Canvas website.  

"What If..."  Winston, Young Composer 

CHECK OUT feature story about Winston in a series all about innovators and creativity, by NET, Nebraska's NPR & PBS Stations.

Winston, Kid Composer: NET Nebraska Stories

CHECK OUT feature story on Winston on NET, Nebraska's NPR & PBS Stations.  

Buzzing About Bugs:  Omaha Symphony Performance Announced 

GET TICKETS!  Just announced:  Omaha Symphony will play Winston's "Insect Suite," an 11 minute piece composed for full orchestra.  Holland Performing Arts Center, Sunday, February 23, 2019.  

"Learn about the incredible insects in your own back yard in this musical adventure, presented in partnership with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, featuring an original work by 11-year-old Omaha composer Winston Schneider."

Omaha Conservatory of Music's melody reveal fundraiser campaign:  "The Jocund Melody"

In the fall of 2018, Schneider was commissioned to write a melody and string trio for the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s fall fundraising annual appeal.  The melody was revealed notes at a time on social media, as donations rolled in.  Schneider’s “The Jocund Melody” helped to raise $68,800 for the OCM, $38,800 over their $30,000 goal.  

Omaha boy known as 'Little Mozart' composes music for renowned event in New York City: KETV

CHECK OUT feature story on Winston on KETV.

11-year-old Omaha composer debuts piece in Brooklyn, New York at MATA Festival: KVNO

CHECK OUT interview with Winston on KVNO. 

At 9 years old, he is composing music and winning awards for it:  Omaha World Herald 

CHECK OUT story about Winston in the Omaha World Herald.