©2019 Sidney Raabe

Sidney Raabe: Ohio-based composer, pianist, trombonist, music transcriber and engraver.


SIDNEY RAABE is undergraduate music student studying composition at Kent State University. He currently studies composition with Dr. Adam Roberts, and he has also studied composition under the guidance of Dr. Frank Wiley; piano with Dr. Jerry Wong, Nancy Bachus, and Dr. Brenda Wristen; and trombone with David Mitchell and Ray Harcar. 

Sidney’s piano compositions have received several awards, most notably making him a Northeast States Division finalist in 2011 and National finalist in the 2012 MTNA Student Composition Competitions. His pieces have also received all superior ratings each year from 2010-2013 as judged by the National Federation of Music

Clubs. His compositions have earned him first place in his age group for five consecutive years⁠—2011 to 2015⁠—in Akron Children’s Concert Society and was presented the R. Gillman award in 2014.

Sidney was one of five composition students who took part in Kent State's College of the Arts Catalyst Grant, “I Sing the Body.” His contribution was a five-minute movement for full orchestra and choir, in collaboration with students from the Wick Poetry Center and choreographed by students from the Kent State School of Dance. The piece was premiered on May 6th, 2018.

In late 2018, Sidney won second place in YouTube creator Christopher Bill's 2018 Trombone Composition Competition with his trombone quintet entitled "A New Beginning."

Sidney composes using Steinberg's Dorico notation software.



April 13th, 2019

The premiere of Underscored will take place in Cleveland's 78th Street Studios on April 19th, 2019.