The Musical Spark

Welcome to The Musical Spark (formerly called The Writer’s Ear), sponsored by the Staunton Music Festival! The goal of this project is to connect children in grades 3-12 with attentive listening to great music and to give them a chance to express their reflections through creative writing or art. The idea is simple: LISTEN – IMAGINE – CREATE.  Selected students will have a chance to present their creations at a free public concert on March 12 at Mary Baldwin University, along with a live performance of the music!

Congratulations to the prize winners!  Click here to read the complete list.  These students will be recognized and share their creations at the concert and ceremony on March 12th. The event is free and open to all.  And watch for the launch of the next Musical Spark in fall 2017.

If you have questions at any time, please contact SMF Executive Director Jason Stell at 540-569-0267 or


Track 1 for solo snare drum

Track 2 for viola and piano

Track 3 for solo viola

Track 4 for solo piano

Track 5 for maracas and tape