2014-15 Young Composer Competition Winner
Preston Nowakowski is an amateur composer from Pleasanton, California. He currently attends California State University, Northridge, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Media and Commercial Composition. Preston graduated from Amador Valley High School, where he participated in various ensembles including Jazz Band, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Winter Percussion. At the age of 9, Preston began learning to play the drums. Since then, his interest in music has grown to include not only classical percussion, but piano and marimba as well. Preston is grateful for the continuous support of his friends and family, and is honored to debut his original composition with the incredibly talented Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra.