Friday, September 12, 2014


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

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

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 (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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