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
Among judges' comments: "...lovely timbral combinations and many interesting instrumental effects."
KENNETH A. JACOBS for "Approaching Northern Darkness"
|Kenneth A. Jacobs|
Among judges' comments: "...a distinct individual voice."
PAUL LOMBARDI for his Piano Concerto
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"
Among judges' comments: "Immensely developed technique in handling non-fat instrumental combinations across the orchestral choirs."
RODRIGO BUSSAD for "Depois da Chuva (after the rain)"
Among judges' comments: "a composer quite comfortable in his own skin; order and balance are clearly important in his musical universe."
PATRICK O'MALLEY for "Superimpose"
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."