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The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up in the community division of The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance
—community division

The American Prize winner:
SOUTHERN TIER CONCERT BAND
Robin Linaberry, director
Binghamton  NY
Southern Tier Concert Band
The Southern Tier Concert Band, formed in 1994, consists of professional and avocational local musicians.  Mr. Robin Linaberry, the lead conductor, is assisted by associate conductors Mr. Barry Peters, Mr. Art Carichner and Mrs. Robin DeSantis.  We have two goals - to enable accomplished adult musicians to perform band compositions in an exceptional ensemble and to provide a positive example for music students.   The STCB performs primarily in local schools in a collaborative “Banding Together” format.  Each concert sees the STCB performing several pieces on its own, followed by the performance of several pieces by a joined ensemble of school and STCB musicians.  In addition to performing challenging music in a risk-free context, the students get to experience the full sound of a complete ensemble, they get to work with accomplished musicians in a performance and they get to see how adults keep music performance in their lives.

Among judges' comments: "dexterity and brilliance...and the adventuresome presentation of new and challenging works..."


2nd Place:
HOT SPRINGS CONCERT BAND
Craig V. Hamilton, director
Hot Springs National Park  AR

Hot Springs Concert Band
Established in 1975, the Hot Springs Concert Band has grown from twenty local residents into an 80-member band – the largest community band in Arkansas – and the only one rehearsing and/or performing year round. Its members come from seventeen communities in Central Arkansas, some driving 70 miles each way to rehearsals and performances.

The HSCB performs four indoor and eight outdoor concerts annually; audience sizes range from 650 (indoor and formal) to 1,500 (outdoor and informal in Hot Springs National Park) for these concerts.  Each 90-minute concert has a theme, and the music is selected accordingly. The HSCB earned the coveted Hot Springs’ “Tourism Organization of the Year” award.

The HSCB has commissioned three pieces, performed at two U.S. Naturalization ceremonies, played for Hot Springs National Park’s 175th anniversary, and hosted three national band conventions; it also sponsors a bi-annual national composition competition and an annual student scholarship program.

Among judges' comments: "...polished and tight in sound and presentation of their works..."


3rd Place:
The Los Alamos Community Winds
Ted Vives, conductor
Los Alamos  NM
Los Alamos Community Winds
The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos, NM community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.

Among our goals are:
1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.
2. To promote public awareness of the importance of music.
3. To instill and sustain the American heritage of concert band music.
4. To provide student musicians with a good representation and model of ensemble performance.

Among judges' comments: "...brilliance in programming serious works alongside lighter fare and allowing such musical juxtaposition to keep the audience's ears alert and entertained at all times..."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up in the high school division of The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance
—high school division

The American Prize winner:
FREDERICK FENNELL WIND ENSEMBLE
Teren Shaffer, conductor
Santa Ana  CA
Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble
The Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program was created in 2003 by a generous contribution in honor of legendary conductor Frederick Fennell. The program offers a comprehensive wind studies education that allows students to enroll in masterclasses, work with an inspiring caliber of guest artists, and attend festivals. The program also provides students with the opportunity to perform in large ensembles, as well as chamber ensembles. The Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program provides a focused, high-level, quality education to instrumental music students. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Teren Shaffer, is recognized for high achievement throughout the country. Regularly earning unanimous superior ratings at festivals, the ensemble won second place in 2012 for The American Prize. In 2013, the group was featured as the only high school band to represent the state in a performance at the California All-State Music Educators Conference, and in 2014 was selected as one of 16 ensembles from across the country to perform at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

Among judges' comments: "such a sound can be compared not only to the first-tier collegiate wind ensembles in this country, but also premiere wind ensembles and concert bands of international
reputation..."



2nd Place:
NORTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLE
Len Lavalle, conductor
Pittsburgh  PA

North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
The North Hills Wind Ensemble has a long and storied history. The ensemble has been featured at conventions around the country including the Midwest Convention (six times), the Concert Band National Convention, the MENC All-Eastern Convention (eight times) and PMEA State Convention (eleven times). Guest soloists and conductors have included William Revelli, Arthur Fieldler, Arnald Gabriel, Allen Vizzutti, Urbie Green, Fred Hemke, and Louis Bellison among many others. The North Hills School District has adopted the band’s motto of “Pride, Tradition and Excellence”.

Among judges' comments: "a very polished, energetic sound and a very persuasive way of presenting each work..."


3rd Place:
CLEAR CREEK WIND ENSEMBLE
Stephen Meyer, conductor
League City  TX
Clear Creek Wind Ensemble
Clear Creek High School is located in League City, Texas, just south of Houston near the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Clear Creek Wind Ensemble is the top-performing group of three curricular concert ensembles and has had a long tradition of excellence in music performance and artistry, earning exclusively superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest for over twenty years. In 2012, the Wind Ensemble was a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors competition. Members of this ensemble study privately and participate in the All-Region, All-Area, and All-State bands as well as Solo and Ensemble contest each year."

Among judges' comments: "...a cadre of top-notch musicians..."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up in the college/university division of The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance
—college/university division

The American Prize winner:
UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA WIND ENSEMBLE
Scott Weiss, music director
Columbia  SC
University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble
The USC Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at the University of South Carolina. In addition to its annual concert season in the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, recent activities of the ensemble include a 2012 tour of the People’s Republic of China that consisted of 7 sold-out performances in 6 cities. In addition the ensemble was featured at the 2014 American Bandmasters Association National Conference, the 2013 College Band Directors National Association National Conference, and the 2012 South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference. Passionately committed to new music, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by many of today’s leading composers, and the group recently received a grant to record the world premiere recordings of new works by Joseph Schwantner, William Bolcom and Scott Lindroth for the Naxos label in 2015.

Among judges' comments: "this is a first-class performance that I will be visiting again and again."


2nd Place:
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY
Daniel Belongia, music director
Normal  IL

Illinois State University Wind Symphony
The Illinois State University Wind Symphony is a select group of the finest instrumentalists at Illinois State University, performing representative works from the wind band literature. In addition to campus programs, the Wind Symphony tours regularly. The Wind Symphony has been a featured performing ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Convention in 1992, 2001, 2005 and 2014, and the 2005 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. The Wind Symphony is proud to have enjoyed close relationships with the finest composers writing for wind bands, including David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, Karel Husa, and many others.

Among judges' comments: "...the players trust their director and place their hands in his skillful care..."


3rd Place:
ITHACA COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE
Stephen Peterson, music director
Ithaca  NY
Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble was founded in 1981 and is the premier wind band at the School of Music. Following in the rich tradition of Patrick Conway and Walter Beeler, the ensemble, conducted by Stephen Peterson, presents some eight concerts annually both on and off campus, including such venues as Lincoln Center. Through a demanding schedule of concerts, tours, and recordings, the ensemble has developed a broad reputation for performing excellence, innovative programming, and commitment to new music. Concert programs include a wide variety of music including wind band classics, chamber works from a variety of historic periods, new commissions, and those newer works that serve to expand the evolving repertoire for the wind ensemble. Within the past several years, the wind ensemble has been invited to perform at the national conventions of the country’s two most distinguished band organizations; The American Bandmaster’s Association and the College Band Directors National Association.

Guest conductors and composers from around the globe who have worked with the ensemble include Samuel Adler, David Amran, Frank Battisti, Warren Benson, Michael Colburn, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Viet Cuong, Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty, David Dzubay, Lukas Foss, Arnald Gabriel, John Harbison, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, Timothy Mahr, John Mackey, David Maslanka, Ron Nelson, Larry Rachleff, Timothy Reynish, H. Robert Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwanter, Roberto Sierra, Carl St. Clair,  Richard Strange, Steven Stucky, Frank Ticheli, John Whitwell, and Dana Wilson.

Membership in the 48-member ensemble is determined by audition in the fall of each academic year. The wind and percussion players in the Wind Ensemble are among the most talented in the School of Music.

Among judges' comments: "The Milhaud was polished and brilliant, and was indeed a highlight for this band."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the high school orchestra division of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance
—high school orchestra division

The American Prize winner:
ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
David DeVoto, conductor
Allen  TX
Allen High School Orchestra
The Allen ISD Orchestra program began in 1997 at the 6th grade level with approximately 50 students. By 2002, the 30 member Allen High School orchestra began performing in their first concerts and festivals and earned their first “sweepstakes” UIL award.  In the next 12 years, the AHS orchestra program grew to 300+ students, placed in the finals of the Texas Honor Orchestra Competition in 2004, 2006, and 2007, and was accepted to the Midwest Clinic in 2006.  Today, there are over 1,100 orchestra students in Allen ISD: seventeen elementary orchestras, three middle school orchestra programs with four orchestras each, a freshman center orchestra program with a full orchestra and four string orchestras, and the high school orchestra program with a full orchestra and five string orchestras. The Allen High School Symphony Full Orchestra consists of the top two string orchestras and members from the AHS Wind Ensemble.

Among judges' comments: "The sound and style is breathtaking; fantastic performance!"


2nd Place:
JASPER HIGH SCHOOL LEGACY ORCHESTRA
Ryan Ross, conductor
Plano  TX

Jasper High School Legacy Orchestra
The Jasper High School Orchestra is proud to be one of the most accomplished orchestra programs in Texas. Jasper is a grade 9 and 10 campus in Plano, TX, a Dallas suburb. Their orchestra currently serves over 200 students in five orchestras. Since its inception in 1996, Jasper’s top string ensemble, Legacy Orchestra, has repeatedly ranked as one of the top five string orchestras in Texas, competing alongside high schools that fill their orchestras with 9th through 12th graders, and in 2013 they were named the winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (HS Division).  That same year, the Jasper Symphony was also named the 2014 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra of Texas.  Jasper feeds Plano West Senior High School and pulls from Rice and Robinson Middle Schools. Today, the Jasper Orchestra program is led by Ryan Ross and Assistant Director Brad Davis.  The string program is proud to frequently collaborate with band directors Jackie Digby and Charlie Hendrix.

Among judges' comments: "...exciting, mature performances of several difficult repertoire pieces..."


3rd Place:
ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PHILHARMONIA
Jonathan Handman, conductor
Lagrangeville  NY
Arlington High School Philharmonia
Arlington High School's Philharmonia is the most advanced of five orchestras in the school and was the Grand Champion of the ASTA National Orchestra Festival in March 2012.  The program consists of two ninth grade string orchestra and three symphonic orchestras for students in grades 10-12, of which Ms. Elizabeth Handman, Mr. Jonathan Handman and Mr. John Harper are the directors.  In total, the program has over 250 string students and 75 wind/percussion members that join the strings every other day as their second ensemble in addition to the band program that they are members of.  Arlington Central School District’s High School Principal is Mr. Paul Fanuele and Music Coordinator is Mr. Richard Guillen.

Among judges' comments: "Your exciting performances...show off your considerable technical ability and sonority."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the youth orchestra division of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division

The American Prize winner:
HOUSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY
Michael Webster, music director
Houston  TX 
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston Youth Symphony (HYS) was founded in 1946 and now serves more than 320 students in four orchestras. Michael Webster has been Artistic Director since 1997 and has led the Symphony, its most advanced orchestra, at the inauguration of Houston Mayor Lee Brown, the 2002 National Youth Orchestra Festival, at Carnegie Hall and in 2012 on National Public Radio's "From the Top." HYS is the national first prize winner of the Foundation for Music Education's Mark of Excellence competition for five consecutive years (2008-2012) and the American Prize in 2010 and 2011. The HYS Melody Program offers free private lessons to gifted students from disadvantaged schools and the HYS chamber music program serves members of the two most advanced orchestras, the Philharmonia and the Symphony.

Among judges' comments: "Each musician’s technique is favorably on display in this exhilarating rendition." (Mahler Symphony No. 1)


2nd Place:
VIVACE of the STRINGENDO ORCHESTRA SCHOOL
Jonathan Handman, music director
Poughkeepsie  NY

Vivace
Vivace is the most advanced orchestra of the Stringendo Orchestra School and is comprised of 24 highly motivated and accomplished high school students that just won the ASTA National Orchestra Festival Grand Champion prize of the Youth Orchestra Division.  Vivace has performed at the Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC) and at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference. Stringendo was co-founded in 2001 by Emily Schaad and Jonathan Handman and is a music school located in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State that explores orchestral and fiddle styles of string playing. Currently Stringendo has 6 string orchestras, a comprehensive fiddle program and a summer camp that enrolls over 300 students each year.

Among judges' comments: "Your recording of the Mozart Divertimento is simply stunning with the performance being completely memorized and self-directed. Bravo!"


3rd Place:
TUCSON PHILHARMONIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Suzette Battan, music director
Tucson  AZ
Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra
The Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra (TPYO) offers a professional-level training symphonic training program for serious and career-oriented pre-college musicians. Founded in 1953, the Tucson Philharmonia provides the opportunity for the finest high school-age players from throughout the Tucson metropolitan area and other Southern Arizona communities to learn professional performance skills and to perform exciting symphonic literature in a wide range of styles from standard classical masterworks to repertoire from film, Broadway musicals, jazz, opera, and ballet.

Among judges' comments: "Fine sound quality and fantastic dynamic contrasts."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the college/university division of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division

The American Prize winner:
BAYLOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Stephen Heyde, music director
Waco  TX 
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
The Baylor Symphony is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire and to the professional and artistic growth of its members. The orchestra has performed eight times at the Texas Music Educators Convention, at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and at national conventions of the American String Teachers Association and the College Orchestra Directors Association. In 2003, the orchestra recorded a PBS Special, “Christmas at Baylor” that was aired nationally in over 350 markets with an estimated audience in excess of six million viewers. Former members of the Baylor Symphony have won positions in many professional orchestras around the world including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Cincinnati, Hong Kong, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Guangzhou Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca among many others. A partial list of orchestras and musicians can be found at http://baylorsymphony.tumblr.com/

Among judges' comments: "Truly a remarkable performance all around."


2nd Place:
CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA—UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, KANSAS CITY
Robert H. Olson, music director
Kansas City  MO


UMKC Conservatory Orchestra

The Conservatory Orchestra of the University of Missouri-Kansas is recognized as one of the premier orchestras in the Midwest.  Composed entirely of Conservatory students, the 90-member orchestra has received repeated critical acclaim from the Kansas City Star and other critics: “Electrifying.  … the most exciting musical experience I’ve had in eight years here.  Period!” “But the most amazing revelation was the playing of the Conservatory Orchestra under Robert Olson.  It was more spirited, better tuned, and far more expressive than anything I’ve heard…” “… the orchestra generated a truly “WOW” moment that rivals anything I’ve ever encountered.” “The ensemble consistently gives exciting concerts worthy of a professional orchestra.” The orchestra presents 8 concerts and 2 operas a year, and has recently accompanied such luminaries as Joshua Bell and Pepe Romero in concert.

Among judges' comments: "This is an exceptional collegiate recording."



3rd Place:
NEW ENGLAND REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Tiffany Chang, music director
Boston  MA

New England Repertory Orchestra
The New England Repertory Orchestra is a volunteer ensemble in Boston that provides professional training opportunities for student musicians to perform standard orchestral and concerto repertoire. Guided by the dedicated leadership of its founder, conductor, and sole organizer, Dr. Tiffany Chang, NERO continues to thrive on musicians' interest and enthusiasm for its purpose and its repertoire. Its unique opportunities have attracted and retained over 300 musicians and 33 soloists since its initiation in 2010. Each concert is typically prepared through four two-hour rehearsals, providing a challenging structure that prepares young musicians for the rigors and expectations of professional orchestral careers. No two NERO concerts share the identical orchestral personnel, and this fluidity allows for increased opportunities for members to serve leadership roles. The ensemble’s repertoire strives toward wholesome diversity in style, genre, and ensemble size. NERO proudly hosts a vibrant professional networking environment for a large network of Boston musicians.

Among judges' comments: "A very good ensemble, playing together especially well."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the chamber music divisions of The American Prize in Composition, 2014. Congratulations! It was an extremely competitive contest this year, with many excellent candidates and works. We expect to announce additional HONORABLE MENTIONS and/or CITATION recipients in this category prior to the end of TAP competitions this fall.

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
PIOTR SZEWCZYK for "Piano Trio No. 1 " and 
"Twisted Dances" (ob, vl, vc, pno)
Jacksonville  FL
Piotr Szewczyk
PIOTR SZEWCZYK is a violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Composer-In–Residence at the Florida Chamber Music Project. He holds the degrees of B.M. and double M.M. in violin and compo­sition from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing Doctorate at Florida State University.

He has received many awards including those from Rapido! Composition Contest, American Modern Ensemble, Third Millennium Ensemble, American Composers Forum, JSO Fresh Ink and many others.

His music has been performed by numerous ensembles and was featured on NPR Performance Today and CBS Early Show. His piece Apparitions was recently released on Navona records NOVA CD and was called “magical” in a review in Gramophone Magazine.
                                                                
As a violinist Szewczyk is the creator and performer of the Violin Futura Project, a series of recitals of solo violin pieces written for  him by renowned composers from around the world. More at: www.VeryNewMusic.com

Among judges' comments: "...organic, exhilarating, and fresh..."


2nd Place:
ROBERT J. BRADSHAW for "At the Root of Identity" (laptop and ensemble)
Gloucester  MA

Robert J. Bradshaw
Robert J. Bradshaw’s music is frequently heard in concert halls around the world from New York to Australia.  Commissions and recordings of his works have been supported by leading arts organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and New England’s Music Drives Us Foundation.  Bradshaw’s music explores and expresses emotions associated with social, historic and contemporary issues and events, and includes operas, ballets, symphonies and a long list of chamber and solo compositions.  In addition to the high demand for his music, Bradshaw devotes time to teaching and advocating for music education for all children and runs a record label dedicated to releasing compositions by contemporary composers.  Website: www.robertjbradshaw.com

Among judges' comments: "...consummate skill, control, and flair..."


3rd Place (there was a tie):
BURTON GOLDSTEIN 
for "String Quartet No. 2—Kwasi's Revenge"
Santa Monica  CA

Burton Goldstein

Awards include:  National Academy of Music Prize, Borromeo String Quartet Contest, Brandenburg Chamber Music Prize,  Aaron Copland Award,  Ettelson Award from Composers Inc., AMC CAP Grants, Fellowships at the Aspen Institute under Druckman, NEH Award at Schoenberg Institute.

Albany Records CD - Arditti Quartet recorded Aspen Quartet.

Composed for trailers for: Mirror, Mirror; X-Men 3; Elizabeth; The Closer; Herbie Fully Loaded; Aliens in the Attic; Sleeping Beauty; 21; Veggie Tales and many others.

Taught composition, electronic music and music theory at: UC Santa Barbara,, UCLA, El Camino College; Scripps; and the CSU Campuses at Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Past President of the Independent Composers Association.  www.burtgoldstein.com

Among judges' comments: "...the composer handles the self-imposed task with great skill, sophistication..."


3rd Place (there was a tie):
HAINU TAN for "Hunting Fireflies" (Version I: fl, cl; Version II: duet for mallet percussion)
Boston  MA

Hainu Tan
Hainu Tan is a Chinese-born composer whose work fuses a multitude of global aesthetic styles to contribute to a responsible globalization of civilizations through universal love and music. Her journey includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and summer semesters studying at the Freie Universität Berlin under Professor Samuel Adler of The Juilliard School of Music. Her dream is to discover her own identity in the universe according to God's original specific purpose, respond to God's unique calling for her life, and let Jesus Christ's love and light shine forth throughout the whole world. Through her music, she hopes to convey the way, truth, and life to poor, hungry, weak, sick, disabled, mentally ill, brokenhearted, desperate, dispossessed, marginalized, unemployed, and homeless people around the world. Learn more at: www.tanhainu.com.

Among judges' comments:  "(both versions)...filled with their own individual and collective luminescence..."


The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

The American Prize winner:
RODRIGO BUSSAD for "Loin" 
for amplified chamber ensemble
Miami  FL
Rodrigo Bussad
Bussad’s music has been described: “Roaring at a rapid pace through sections, with dark textures and a fantastic use of the instruments and their less conventional techniques. -- Paolo Griffin, New Music Toronto. He is the winner of the 2013 Frost Symphony Orchestra Concerto Composition Competition and was awarded second place on the 2014 American Prize in Composition: Orchestral Music Student Division and 2013 American Prize in Composition: Chamber Music Student Division. Bussad was selected as a one of the composers featured in the Festival Miami for three years in a row. He was selected as one of the four composers (worldwide) to participate at the II Bienal Musica Hoje, a prestigious international festival in Curitiba (Brazil.) This year, he worked with the Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal), in a commission “Loin” and had its USA debut in NYC during the Mise-en festival of New Music this June and recently was a guest composer at the Curto-Circuito Internacional de Saxofone Brasil/Canada with the saxophonist Allison Balcetis (Sao Paulo-Brazil.) Recently he is a guest composer at the Curto-Circuito Internacional de Saxofone Brasil/Canada with the saxophonist Allison Balcetis (Sao Paulo-Brazil) where he also had the premiere of his piece, Kundalini. Also will be working with the Greek pianist Ermis Theodorakis during the festival SiMN 2014 (Curitiba-Brazil.) Bussad is also a forming member and artistic director of the Ensemble Gaoshan Liushui, the first South American ensemble that researches and performs traditional Chinese music.

Among judges' comments: "...a complete range of techniques is exploited to advantage..."


2nd Place (there was a tie):
SHUYING LI for "For Lutoslawski" (string quartet)
Ann Arbor  MI

Shuying Li
Composer Shuying Li has received prizes and recognition from the Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Florence String Quartet Call for Scores, the Foundation for Modern Music’s International Robert Avalon Composition Competition, The American Prize, the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee Young Composer Competition, the International J. Dorfman Composition Competition, the Chinese New Performing Arts Start Competition, and the Qingdao City Piano Competition, among others.

Shuying studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Hartt School. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Michigan where she studies composition with Michael Daugherty. Upcoming performances of her works include those given by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, the orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), the Cecilia Quartet (Canada) and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland). Her prior composition teachers include Ye Guohui, Robert Carl and Larry Alan Smith. For more information, please visit http://shuyingli.com.

Among judges' comments: "...sophisticated writing for strings...a clear tribute. "


2nd Place (there was a tie):
IAN NG for "Grand Jete on a Violin" (violin and piano)
Long Island City  NY

Ian Ng
Ian Ng is an award-winning composer based in New York City. He is currently finishing his fully sponsored Master's Degree in Music Composition at New York University. As the winner of the 2012 NYU Composition Competition,  his commissioned composition, Cité en l’air, had its premiere in February 2012 at Symphony Space in New York City. He won First Prize at the 2012 Robert Avalon International Music Composition Competition, and the ASCAP young composer’s award for his Grand Jeté on a Violin, which had its US premiere as a dance piece choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, in April 2012 at Lincoln Center.  He has also conceived, composed and co-directed two theatre pieces: Pas d'Electronique and Bang.

Mr. Ng has composed music for different music groups and dance companies. A new ballet set to an original score by Mr Ng, featuring dancers from NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, will have its premiere in NYC in the Spring of 2014. website Ianng.instantencore.com

Among judges' comments: "...beautiful integration of the instruments and great rhythmic variety..."


3rd Place:
SIMON FRISCH for "Provost" (string quartet) 
and "Red Book" (cl, b cl, vl, vc)
New York  NY
Simon Frisch
Simon Frisch is New York-based composer. This year his music is appearing in numerous New York venues and on screen nationally in the short film "Dream Girl" (IFQ's "Best Comedy" of 2013), as well as on pianist David Aladashvili's New York Times-acclaimed debut solo recording. Recent performances of note include the Juilliard premiere of his string quartet, Provost; Madrid, for choir and organ, on war texts of Pablo Neruda, commissioned by the Amor Artis Chamber Choir; and the 'Red Book' Variations for mixed quartet. A proponent of new music, he co-founded the Brittany-based Festival Daniou chamber music residency to offer compelling programs of 20th and 21st-century music to the north-western region of France. Born in 1990, Simon is the recent recipient of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award, as well as the Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung, and is pursuing graduate studies at Juilliard under the Georgia Shreve and Richard Rodgers scholarships.

Among judges' comments: "...rhythmic excitement and energy..."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the choral divisions of The American Prize in Composition, 2014. Congratulations! The competition also expects to announce Honorable Mention and/or Citation recipients in this category in a separate posting, at a later date.

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

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The American Prize in Composition—Chorus (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
DOMINICK DIORIO  selected works
Bloomington  IN
Dominick DiOrio
Called "a forward-thinking young composer filled with new ideas, ready to tackle anything," conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio was recently named Best Composer 2011 by HoustonPress for Klytemnestra, his opera with Divergence Vocal Theater. His second opera, The Little Blue One, will have its premiere in April 2014 with Juventas New Music Ensemble. He has been awarded prizes in composition ASCAP and ACDA, among others. His work is published with Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Éditions à Couer-Joie, Edition Peters, G. Schirmer, Lorenz, Mark Foster, Oxford and Santa Barbara.

DiOrio is assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. He earned the DMA degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music and the BM in composition from Ithaca College. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). http://www.dominickdiorio.com/

Among judges' comments: "His depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique and unique style, set him in a category by himself."


2nd Place:
DANIEL ELDER for "Three Themes of Life and Love"
Nashville  TN

Daniel Elder

As a writer of choral, vocal, and instrumental music, Daniel Elder (b. 1986) ties these genres together to create forms and aesthetics that are at once lyrical and textural, with impressionistic leanings. Critics have hailed his works as “deeply affecting,” with emotional evocations ranging from lush lyricism to jagged polyphony. Domestically, Elder’s compositions have been extensively performed by high school All-State and regional honors choirs as well as renowned college ensembles at both regional and national conferences. Internationally, he has been performed at festivals in Italy, Spain, and a recent recording in London by the Grammy Award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers.  The first major recording of Daniel's choral works, "The Heart's Reflection - Music of Daniel Elder" was released in October 2013 by the renowned Westminster Choir and Naxos of America.  Daniel is currently published by GIA Publications, Inc. and Imagine Music.  Learn more at www.danieleldermusic.com.

Among judges' comments: "His compositions represent some of the finest examples of the current generation of American choral composers."


3rd Place:
JOCELYN HAGEN for "Sanctus"
Minneapolis  MN

Jocelyn Hagen

Jocelyn Hagen (b.1980), a native of Valley City, North Dakota, composes music that has been described as “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for voice: solo, chamber and choral. In 2012 she collaborated with choreographer Penelope Freeh to create Slippery Fish, a quartet for 2 dancers, soprano and viola, and the piece was reviewed as "completely original in all respects." (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul).  Currently she is Artist-in-Residence at the North Dakota State University School of Music, where she teaches, writes curriculum and brings in collaborators to perform her work.

Jocelyn holds degrees in Theory, Composition, and Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College, as well as a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Minnesota.  Her training also includes summer study at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, where she studied with Philip Lasser of the Juilliard School of Music. Other former teachers include Judith Lang Zaimont, Peter Hamlin, David Maslanka, Mary Ellen Childs, and Timothy Mahr.

Among judges' comments: "I suspect that Jocelyn Hagen’s work will soon become a fixture in the programming of top-notch choirs."


The American Prize in Composition—Chorus (student division)

The American Prize winner:
SAUNDER CHOI selected works
Cambridge  MA

Saunder Choi
Saunder Choi (b. 1988) is an emerging Filipino composer who has written a wide variety of works, from contemporary classical instrumental, vocal and choral works to jazz charts and popular music arrangements. His works have been performed in various concert halls, including Merkin Hall at the Lincoln Center in NY, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the world famous Teatro Colon opera house in Buenos Aires, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and in different international goodwill tours and concerts, such as the Philippine Madrigal Singers’ 2009 UNESCO Artists for Peace awarding ceremony, the 2010 Guido d’Arezzo Polifonico Choral Competition in Italy, the 2011 World Choral Symposium in Argentina, the 2012 World Choir Games in Ohio and the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Select works have also been performed, recorded and read by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, the Salt Lake Choral Artists, the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium Chorus.

In 2007, his arrangement of Malinac Lay Labi was chosen as one of the 15 winning, published entries in Awiting Bayan para sa Korong Pilipino, a national Philippine folksong choral arranging competition sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and Arts in the Philippines. He was a 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award finalist and received the 2013 Leroy Southers Award from the Berklee College of Music Composition Department. He was also one of the composers selected for the 1st Young Composers Initiative call for scores by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Born in Manila, Philippines, he holds a Bachelor of Arts major in Communication Arts degree from the De La Salle University-Manila and a Bachelor of Music in Composition, minor in Conducting, summa cum laude, from the Berklee College of Music. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Donald Crockett. He studied composition with Andrew List, Marti Epstein and Vuk Kulenovic, and had master classes with Stephen Hartke, Chen Yi, Robert Kyr and Adam Gorb. He studied conducting with Isaiah Jackson and Francisco Noya. His works are published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Earthsongs.

Among judges' comments: "...his work is thoughtful, well crafted, stylistically interesting and full of joyousness."


2nd Place:
EDWARD F. DAVIS for "My Sun and Song and Spring," "Silver Bells," Requiem Aeternam
Chicago  IL

Edward F. Davis
Edward F. Davis (b. 1989) is a Chicago-based, English-American composer and bass-baritone. He graduated with Honors in music composition from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in composition at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts. His music has been performed throughout the United States, including at the IMEA All-State Conference in 2011, as well as in the Catalunya region of Spain.

Davis has studied composition with Drs. Bruce Polay, Thomas Benjamin, Marta Ptaszynska, Rob Deemer, and Stephen Andrew Taylor, and currently studies with Drs. Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi. He works as a sound designer and composer of original music at Rare Terra Theatre, and proudly serves as Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Chamber Choir. He also works as a freelance professional singer in the Chicagoland area, performing with groups such as Bella Voce, Chicago Choral Artists, and Peregrine Vocal Ensemble (of which he is a founding member).

Among judges' comments: "...demonstrates a refreshing concern for melding text with musical idea."


3rd Place:
ZACHARY J. MOORE for "I Will Lift My Eyes"
Wind Lake  WI
Zachary J. Moore
Zachary J. Moore (b. 1992) is an American composer and arranger currently studying Music Education at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

Moore, who is a native resident of Wisconsin, attended Muskego High School and began composing at the age of fifteen. In 2010, he sent in his first composition to the Wisconsin State Music Association’s young composer contest, earning third place.

Moore has since had the opportunity to receive composition lessons from Ethan Wickman, Ola Gjeilo and Eric Barnum. Over the past year and a half he has received an increasing amount of commissions from choral groups and societies all over the nation including a commissioned work by the North Central American Choral Directors Association for their 2014 conference. Moore’s choral works have recently been published through Colla Voce. For more information on Moore: http://zacharyjmoore.com

Among judges' comments: "a lyrical setting of the 121st Psalm that shows great sensitivity to its textual meaning."

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All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—Theater Division

The American Prize winner:
TODD GOODMAN 
for "Night of the Living Dead: the opera"
Midland  PA
Todd Goodman
TODD GOODMAN has been described as “one of America’s promising young composers.” His works are performed all over the world by a wide variety of players, including principal members of many major symphony orchestras—Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Singapore, Florida, Iceland, and Seattle. Goodman currently serves as the resident composer for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (LPPACenter.org) located outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His works have won international praise from the British Trombone Society [Trombone Concerto]; the Tuba Repertoire Initiative and the International Tuba Euphonium Association [Tuba Concerto]; the International Project Piccolo Rebirth [Echos: prelude and dance]; the Center for Contemporary Opera [Night of the Living Dead: the opera]; and The American Prize [Bass Clarinet Concerto]; He holds degrees from the University of Colorado [B.M.], Duquesne University [M.M], and Kent State University [Ph.D. ABD]. Also, Mr. Goodman in 2014, was selected from over 30,000 applicants, as a quarter-finalist for the first ever Grammy Award for Music Education.

Among judges' comments: "...audacious, scary, sometimes campy—but always dead serious..."


2nd Place:
PETER VAN ZANDT LANE for "HackPolitik—a ballet in two acts for chamber ensemble and electronics"
Belmont  MA

Peter Van Zandt Lane
Peter Van Zandt Lane (b. 1985) is an American composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music. His works have been critically praised for their “appeal to musicians and audiences, no matter their personal musical aesthetic” (Asymmetry Music Magazine). His recent full-length ballet, HackPolitik, was hailed as "angular, jarring, and sophisticated...very compelling...ballet needs live music, and this one offered it at the highest level." (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Peter has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and Dinosaur Annex, among others. His music has been played by top-tier ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and the Lydian String Quartet. Peter holds degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Miami. He studied composition with Melinda Wagner, Eric Chasalow, and David Rakowski, and bassoon with Luciano Magnanini.

Among judges' comments: "rhythmically energized...in the moment...aurally and visually stunning..."


3rd Place:
ERIC SAWYER for "The Garden of Martyrs"
Amherst  MA

Eric Sawyer
The music of Eric Sawyer receives frequent performances on both coasts, including at New York’s Weill and Merkin concert halls and at Tanglewood, as well as in England, France, and Germany.  Many of his larger works connect to American historical subjects.  Sawyer’s first opera "Our American Cousin." was premiered in 2008 by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and released on the BMOP/sound label.  A second opera, "The Garden of Martyrs", received its premiere from the Springfield Symphony in September 2013.  Other recent works including Fantasy Concerto: "Concord Conversations", composed for the piano trio Triple Helix and the Concord Orchestra. A chamber collection, String Works, and the cantata "The Humble Heart" are available on CD from Albany Records.  Mr. Sawyer has received the Joseph Bearns Prize, awards from the Tanglewood Music Center and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is on the music faculty at Amherst College.

Among judges' comments: "strong and grand...a stage-worthy descendant of Ward's 'The Crucible.'"


The American Prize in Composition—Theater Division
Special Judge's Citation: 
"Extraordinary Use of Technology to Expand the Boundaries of Performance"

MATTHEW BURTNER for "Auksalaq"
Charlottesville  VA

Matthew Burtner
Matthew Burtner (www.matthewburtner.com) is an Alaskan-born composer and sound artist specializing in chamber music and interactive new media. His work explores ecoacoustics, embodiment and multimedia. First Prize Winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition (Czech Republic), a 2011 IDEA Award Winner (USA), and a recipient of the Howard Brown Foundation Fellowship of Brown University, Burtner’s music has also received honors and awards from Bourges (France), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany) and The Russolo (Italy) international competitions. He is the composer of three evening-length multimedia opera/theater works — Ukiuq Tulugaq (Winter Raven), Kuik, and Auksalaq. He is a professor of Composition and Computer Technologies in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia where he Directs the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) and the VCCM Computer Music Center.

Among judges' comments: "through sound and picture...one is immersed in the beauty—and recognizes the fragility—of the natural world."


HONORABLE MENTION:

ROBERT FRUEHWALD for "Double Blind Sided"
Cape Girardeau  MO

Robert Fruehwald
Composer and teacher, Robert Fruehwald, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he played flute in the Louisville Youth Orchestra. He attended the University of Louisville receiving a Bachelor of Music in Composition (with honors). While in Louisville, he studied composition with Claude Baker, and Dan Welcher. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts studying with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick, and Leonard Rosenman. He returned to the midwest to work on a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied under Robert Wykes and finished his doctorate in 1985. Before accepting a teaching position in the late 1980s, Dr. Fruehwald developed a series of programs to print musical examples for scholarly journals and books. In 1989 he took a teaching position at Southeast Missouri State University. For more information see: http://www6.semo.edu/fruehwald/fruehwaldhome.htm

Among judges' comments: "often mesmerizing and thought provoking—always engaging."

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the orchestra division of The American Prize in Composition, 2014. Congratulations!

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

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The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
GREGG WRAMAGE for "La tristesse durera"
Atlantic Highlands NJ
Gregg Wramage
Widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, Gregg Wramage has been both a finalist for the Rome Prize and a two-time semi-finalist for Opera Philadelphia's Composer-in-Residence program. “The Sea-longing”, a chamber concerto commissioned by The Barlow Endowment for violist Brett Deubner will be premiered in 2015 by conductor Renee Baker and Chicago Modern Orchestra Project—the culmination of a two-year residency with the ensemble that will also feature the Chicago premieres of Mr. Wramage’s first symphony, and as part of a New Music USA/League of American Orchestras Music Alive: New Partnerships residency grant, “in shadows, in silence.” “La tristesse durera,” an orchestral work premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra, received both the 2007 Copland House Sylvia Goldstein Award and the 2008 international EAMA Prize. Mr. Wramage resides in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and serves on the faculties of Eugene Lang College and Montclair State University.

Among judges' comments: "...lovely timbral combinations and many interesting instrumental effects."


2nd Place:
KENNETH A. JACOBS for "Approaching Northern Darkness"
Knoxville  TN


Kenneth A. Jacobs
Kenneth A. Jacobs (DMA University of Texas Austin) has received International New Music Composers Award, Bergen Festival Award, City College of New York Electro-Acoustic Prize, Brown University Choral Prize, Tennessee Orchestral Prize, the Texas Music Educators Association Prize, two from Tennessee Music Teachers Association, and Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Artist Award. Over 100 presentations of his dozen multimedia works have occurred.  These feature his artwork and photography and soon will be available on DVD. Directing the composition program at the University of Tennessee, he is published by Boosey and Hawkes, Seesaw Music, and North/South Editions.  17 solo compact discs have been released on the Opus One, Impact, ERM, and Zyode labels.  His music, artwork, and photography are featured at www.kennethajacobs.com

Among judges' comments: "...a distinct individual voice."


3rd Place:
PAUL LOMBARDI for his Piano Concerto
Vermillion  SD

Paul Lombardi

Paul Lombardi (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is an assistant professor of music theory and composition at the University of South Dakota. His music has been performed in more than 20 states across the US, as well as in other areas in North America, South America, and Europe. Recordings of hismusic are available from Capstone Records, Zerx Records, and ERMMedia. Dr. Lombardi's theoretical work focuses on mathematics and music, and is published in the Music Theory Spectrum, Indiana Theory Review, and Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, among other places.

Among judges' comments: "...a true piano concerto, with a big and dramatic part for the soloist."


The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division)

The American Prize winner:
TEXU KIM for "Monastic Sceneries"
Bloomington  IN

Texu Kim
Texu Kim’s works have been performed by Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Tongyeong International Music Festival, AGO National Convention, ACDA Regional Conference, among others. His music has earned awards and honors from SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition, OSSIA NEW MUSIC Composition Competition, C4 Commissioning Competition, Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, Isang Yun International Composition Prize, etc. Recently appointed Composer-in-Residence at Korean Symphony Orchestra, he will get premiered two of his orchestral pieces in 2015. Texu’s principal teachers include Claude Baker, Unsuk Chin, Sven-David Sandström, David Dzubay, and Sangjick Jun. He is pursuing a doctorate in composition at Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in music composition and a bachelor’s in composition and chemistry from Seoul National University. For more information on Texu Kim and his music, please visit www.texukim.com.

Among judges' comments: "Immensely developed technique in handling non-fat instrumental combinations across the orchestral choirs."

2nd Place:
RODRIGO BUSSAD for "Depois da Chuva (after the rain)"
Miami  FL

Rodrigo Bussad
Rodrigo Bussad is a highly active composer in the Miami New Music scene. His music has been premiered and performed in several local concert halls, Biennals and art galleries. He is the winner of the 2013 Frost Symphony Orchestra Concerto Composition Competition and was awarded second place in the 2013 American Prize for Composition: Chamber Music Student Division. In both 2012 and 2013, Bussad was selected as a one of the composers featured in the Emerging Composers Concert —Festival Miami. Recently, he was selected as one of the four composers (worldwide) to participate at the II Bienal Musica Hoje, a prestigious international festival in Curitiba (Brazil) where he received lessons and master classes with the composer in residence, Marcos Balter (Columbia College Chicago.) His piece: La Couleur de L’invible was commissioned by the II Bienal Musica Hoje and premiered by the ensemble Cross.art (Stuttgart.) Bussad was a participant in the SoundSCAPE Festival in both 2011 and 2012 (Italy) having three of his pieces premiered there, and also received private lessons and master classes with the composers Lei Liang (UCSD), Josh Levine (Oberlin), Brian Hulse (College of William & Mary) and Marcela Pavia (National University of Rosario.) Currently, Bussad is worked with the Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal), in a new commission “Loin” that was performed in London, Toronto and Montreal during January of 2014 and is now working the percussionist Svet Stoyanov in a new commission for this spring. He is actively pursuing his Masters Degree in Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, under the tutelage of Lansing McLoskey. Bussad is also a forming member and artistic director of the Ensemble Gaoshan Liushui, the first South American ensemble that researches and performs traditional Chinese music.

Among judges' comments: "a composer quite comfortable in his own skin; order and balance are clearly important in his musical universe."

3rd Place:
PATRICK O'MALLEY for "Superimpose"
Auburn  IN

Patrick O'Malley
Patrick O’Malley is a composer whose works explore both the cinematic and concert mediums. O’Malley’s works include pieces for large orchestras, chamber ensembles, electronics, and solo and duo performers. His love of music’s storytelling and atmospheric qualities also spur his passion for composing film, theater, and video game music.

Pieces for the concert stage have featured collaborations with the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and Fifth House Ensemble. In 2010 Patrick was announced as the winner of Northwestern’s Student Composition Competition for his orchestral work Superimpose, was a finalist for ASCAP’s Morton Gould prize in 2012, and was featured on Fulcrum Point New Music Project’s Discoveries series for emerging composers in 2013. O’Malley currently studies at the University of Southern California with Frank Ticheli.

Among judges' comments: "...very good use of the orchestra as a complete resource."

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