Composer Jack Hughes is double majoring in composition and music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in the studio of Dr. Keith Fitch. His pieces for both large and small ensembles have gained recognition in national and international contests for young composers. In December 2010, Jack won the National Band Association's Merrill Jones Award for young composers to the age of 40. He has twice been a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. At CIM, Jack also studies trumpet with Michael Miller of The Cleveland Orchestra and plays in the University Circle Wind Ensemble. In high school, he was a Young Associate of the National Symphony Orchestra.