David Sartor of Hermitage, TN, is one of five American composers chosen as the first Honored Artists of The American Prize, the national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts. Honored Artists are individuals who have proven themselves to be musicians of “sustained excellence" over a number of seasons as contestants in the competitions.
The American Prize competitions are unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States, based on submitted recordings. The American Prize is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts and has awarded nearly $35,000 in prize money since its founding in 2009.
Additional information about the competitions may be found on the website: www.theamericanprize.org.
Earlier this fall, Maestro David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, expressed a hope for the competitions "to do more" to advance the art. The creation of the Honored Artist designation is one way the competition seeks to bring additional recognition to laureates it deems especially worthy.
The five composers selected as Honored Artists of The American Prize for 2014 are:
Lee Actor, Monte Sereno CA
Second Place—Music for Orchestra, 2011
David Avshalomov, Santa Monica CA
Special Judges' Citation—Orchestral Music, 2012
Third Place—Music for Band, 2014
Jesse Ayers, Canton OH
Winner—Orchestral Music, 2011
Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Mountain View CA
Second Place—Chamber Music, 2013
David Sartor, Hermitage TN
Third Place—Music for Chorus, 2012
Third Place—Chamber Music, 2013
“The American Prize has auditioned many works by these five composers over several seasons,” Katz said, “Each of the five exhibits a unique voice, a substantial catalog, multiple performances and serious intent. Each deserves every opportunity to be heard. We are delighted to bring added attention to their considerable gifts.”
David P. Sartor is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Trevecca Nazarene University and Music Director of the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra. He received his education at the Blair School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and the University of Tennessee, studying composition with John Anthony Lennon and David Van Vactor and conducting with Donald Neuen, Karen Lynne Deal, and in master classes with Kenneth Schermerhorn and .John Morris Russell. The recipient of commissions from a variety of ensembles, his instrumental and vocal works are performed nationally and internationally and have been featured at the Tanglewood, Aspen and Sewanee Music Festivals, the International Double Bass Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Music Festival in San Jose Costa Rica, The World's Largest Organ Concert, and at Carnegie Hall, with broadcast performances on National Public Radio and local affiliates.
Sartor has received the prestigious Ostwald Award from the American Bandmasters Association, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than three dozen awards from New Music for Young Ensembles, Meet The Composer, Delta Omicron and ASCAP, among others. A popular guest composer, conductor and lecturer, his engagements include the Washington National Cathedral, Illinois State University, Middle Tennessee State University, the Nexus Chamber Orchestra and California State University, sponsored by New York City’s Meet The Composer Foundation.
In 2009, Sartor was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity in recognition of his accomplishments as a composer and conductor. His works are recorded on the ERM label and are published by E.C. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, and Metamorphic Music. A graduate of film scoring workshops with Steven Scott Smalley, Richard Glasser & Aaron Zigman, he has also scored a number of widely-distributed video documentaries and features.
Sartor resides in Middle Tennessee with his wife, the author Nancy Sartor.
Honored Artists will be highlighted in a separate section on The American Prize website and on the competition’s Facebook pages, will receive expanded listings on The American Prize blog, will be featured in individualized press releases sent to local, regional and national media, and receive a special, framed certificate. Honored Artists also receive an application fee waiver for a future competition.
The American Prize Honored Artists must meet these criteria:
- May be nominated by any member of The American Prize national judging panel.
- Will have reached finalist status or higher and/or received an Honorable Mention or Special Judge's Certificate in at least three different competition years, which need not be consecutive.
- Will have won The American Prize (first place) no more than one time.
- Will have consistently received exceptional evaluations in their chosen area of endeavor.
- Will be honored during a season in which they are an active participant.
- Accept the designation.
- There is no minimum or maximum number that will be awarded each season.
"Honored Artists of The American Prize" are given in memory of David Katz’s father, Abraham R. Katz, a gifted amateur musician, who died in 1999.