SIDNEY RAABE graduated from Kent State in May 2020 with a Bachelor's of Music and a Composition/Theory concentration. He studied composition with Dr. Adam Roberts and had 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 was born in 1998 and began playing piano at age 5. He began composing when he was 12 years old and entered multiple competitions until he graduated from high school. Most notably, he was a Northeast States Division finalist in 2011 and National finalist in the 2012 MTNA Student Composition Competitions. The National Federation of Music Clubs awarded his compositions with superior ratings from 2011 to 2015. He was awarded 1st place in his age group each year by Akron Children’s Concert Society and was presented the R. Gillman award in 2014.
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." Chris's performance is available for listening here.
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.
Sidney was involved with Kent State's May 5th 50-year Commemoration event in 2020, and was asked to compose for Kent State's New Music and Saxophone Ensembles. The works were never performed due to Covid-19.