‘A Star’s Reflection’ by Redlands eighth-grader wins competition

Abigail Ligon is the 2017 winner of the Grand Junction Symphony’s Crystal Baton Composition Competition.



Redlands Middle School eighth-grader Abigail Ligon is the 2017 winner of the Grand Junction Symphony’s Crystal Baton Composition Competition.

Her melody, “A Star’s Reflection,” was chosen from among the more than 30 melodies submitted this year, according to a symphony news release.

The competition is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade who must compose a melody line 16–64 measures in length. The winning melody is arranged, orchestrated and performed by the symphony.

“A Star’s Reflection” will be performed at the final concerts of the symphony’s 2016–17 season. Titled “Eternal Light,” those concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

At the concerts, Ligon will be presented with a handmade crystal baton and a bound copy of the conductor’s score.

Ligon’s inspiration for “A Star’s Reflection” was a trip her family took to Lake Powell about a year ago.

“I was able to sleep on the top deck of the houseboat and look at the stars. The shooting stars I saw across the night sky, reflecting in the waters of Lake Powell, were my inspiration for this melody,” Ligon said in the symphony news release.

Ligon is the second member of her family to win Crystal Baton. Her sister, Melanie, won in 2011.

“Abigail (Abby) loves to read, play piano, dance, and spend time with family and friends,” said her mother, Heather Ligon, in the release.

“She has been taking piano lessons for six years and amazes us with her talents. She loves the outdoors, hiking, skiing, rafting, and enjoying nature.”


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