March 30, 2023 05:30pm-April 1, 2022 05:30pm

Lapin Competition

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March 30 - 05:30 pm


April 1 - 05:30 pm

The Lapin Competition, named in honor of former CMCB Executive Director David Lapin, is an annual CMS event where solo students will perform their studied instrument and compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Stay tuned for more details regarding our 2023 competition!

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2022 Winners


CMCB is proud to announce the names of the students who placed in the 2022 Lapin Competition!

Junior Division Winners

  • 1st Place – Fabricio, bassoon
  • 2nd Place – Jerry, piano
  • 3rd Place – Nathan, piano


Senior Division Winners

  • 1st Place – Carson, bassoon
  • 2nd Place – William, piano
  • 3rd Place – Kiran, bassoon

Congratulations to all of the contestants and teachers on their hard work with their students this year! Thanks to our three Finals Judges for their hard work on Competition Day: Lisa DeSiro, Josué Gonzáles, and DeShaun Gordon-King along with our Preliminary Round Judges: Carlos Herrand-Pou, Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz, and Rachel Williams.



The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in CMCB programming at the time of the competition. Click here to view the guidelines.

Junior Division – 9th Grade and younger (Competition is NOT recommended for beginners)
Senior Division – 12th Grade and younger
The deadline to register is Saturday, April 30!
While this event is free and open to the public, attendance may be limited due to space. Tickets are not required in advance for this event.

Preliminary Judges

Rachel Williams

Carlos Herrand Pou

Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz

Finals Judges

DeShaun L. Gordon-King

Known for his soulful tone and mesmerizing phrasing, Trevor James Alto Flute Artist DeShaun has given performances as a soloist and principal in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. DeShaun grew up surrounded by oral storytelling, and jazz and gospel music. He began his classical studies while at Duke University. Inspired by the worlds and traditions of his upbringing, DeShaun grew passionate about programming that blends them all together to create unique and memorable concert experiences.

While in Boston, DeShaun has collaborated with Castle of Our Skins and will be featured in an upcoming concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston. He has also appeared as principal flutist in the Wind Symphony during the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project music festival held in Schladming, Austria for which he received a full scholarship. He also was a recipient of the Friends of Flutes foundation grant and appeared as a soloist for their annual gala. DeShaun made his soloist debut in North Carolina making appearances with the Duke University Wind Ensemble, Duke New Music Ensemble, and North Carolina School of the Arts wind ensemble. Also, while in North Carolina, DeShaun worked as a teaching artist with KidzNotes Durham, and managed the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble during their well-received inaugural year. He has participated in masterclasses by Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Aralee Dorough, Stephen Clarke, Herman van Kogelenberg, and Valerie Coleman.

While in New York City, DeShaun has explored his musical versatility by collaborating with classically trained neo-soul singer/songwriter A. Renée, new music ensemble Shouthouse, and the alternative duo BlueSoul. He wholly believes in pushing music toward its next evolution and is a vocal advocate for new music, especially works by composers of African and Latinx heritage. In addition to his love of newer music, DeShaun is currently pursuing his certification as a Therapeutic Musician at the Longy School of Music as the Emily Fisher Equity Scholar. His primary teachers and mentors include Sergio Pallottelli, Kaori Fujii, Keith Underwood, and Rebecca Troxler.

Lisa DeSiro

Lisa DeSiro is a collaborative pianist who has been active in the Boston area for almost thirty years. Currently she is employed as an accompanist at Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. She also coaches singers and teaches piano lessons to adults. In addition, Lisa is a published writer who often collaborates with composers and does freelance editorial work. Her degrees include an MM in Collaborative Piano from Longy School of Music and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Read more about her at

Josué González

Josue Gonzalez serves as the Executive Director of Project Step. His professional career has been centered in music education, having previously served as the Director of Education for Rockport Music and program director for the El Sistema music program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School. 



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