Acoustical Society of America recognizes US Entries in the International Year of Sound Student Competition

Public is invited to help select global winners

Keeta Jones

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 16, 2021 – As a member of the International Year of Sound (IYS) Coordinating Committee, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) selected finalists from the USA for the IYS International Student Competition. The selected US finalists each received $200.00 from the ASA and now have a chance to receive an International Commission of Acoustics (ICA) grant for the value of 300€ (first prize), 200€ (second prize) or 100€ (third prize).

For the final competition stage, the ICA Expert Jury is asking the public to help select the international winners! Please visit the official IYS Competition Facebook page and leave a like on your favorite drawing and favorite stanza.

Elementary and middle school students produced drawings while high school students penned four-line stanzas. All submissions were tasked with being inspired by the motto of IYS 2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World” and the melody and refrain of the song “The Sound of The World.” ASA awarded Arabelle Elliott and Caius Elliot in the drawing category and Mary McNally in the stanza category.


USA Elementary/Middle School category
First (tied) – $200.00
Arabelle Elliott
Description: Girl sitting on the moon listening to the music of the spheres.



USA Elementary/Middle School category
First (tied) – $200.00
Caius Elliot
Description: Caius playing music helping a person with Alzheimer’s disease remember how to walk.



USA Secondary School category
First – $200.00
Mary McNally
music is
what we should feel
sound is there

Description: Having completed more than three years of speech and language therapy as well as auditory processing training through occupational therapy, this project is close to Mary’s heart. In her own words, “Everyone deserves to know the power of sound to influence one’s mind and feelings.”

Winners and awarded items will be announced by 15 September 2021. The ICA will also create a musical video assembling all awarded pictures and videos sent by participants with the final version of the song. The video will be uploaded to the IYS website.

Direct links to the albums related to each competition category:
Drawings – Elementary/Middle School Category
Stanza Lyrics – High School Category


The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies for all in society. The International Year of Sound will consist of coordinated activities on regional, national and international levels. These activities will aim to stimulate the understanding throughout the world of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. As well, these activities will also encourage an understanding of the need for the control of noise in nature, in the built environment, and in the workplace.

Sound plays an important role in all human activities and applications of acoustics are found in almost all aspects of modern society. Subdisciplines include aeroacoustics, audio, signal processing, architectural acoustics, bioacoustics, electro-acoustics, environmental noise, musical acoustics, noise control, hearing and psychoacoustics, physical acoustics, speech, ultrasound, underwater sound and vibration. Sound is an essential part of communication between humans – in the form of speech, as a sound of warning, and also in music and creative sounds. However there is a concern about too much sound, which then becomes noise and needs to be controlled to ensure acceptable and safe living and working environments.

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