Friday, December 12, 2014


Two American composers have been singled out by The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts to receive Special Judges' Citations from the competition for their skill and achievement.

Robert Wendel of New York, and
Martha Stoddard of San Francisco
will receive citations celebrating their catalogs of compositions as
"Music for Use. Well Crafted, Accessible and Performance-Ready."

Robert Wendel
Robert Wendel holds a Masters degree in conducting, a Bachelors degree in theory and composition, and a Bachelors degree in analytical chemistry. Robert studied composition and orchestration with Leroy Anderson and Hale Smith. His "Fanfare For Freedom" has already become a staple in the symphonic Memorial Day and July 4th repertory. Two of his Christmas arrangements have been recorded by the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel for Telarc. Robert's "Commemoration," was performed at a memorial concert remembering the Challenger Astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center launch pad, has been recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony, was featured live coast-to-coast in the 2006 National Memorial Day Concert on PBS to dedicate the WW II Monument, and again on the 2009 and 2011 concerts. His “Towers Of Light” was named 4th place winner in the first annual “American Prize In Orchestral Composition in 2011. Robert’s web site is:

Martha Stoddard
Martha Stoddard is deeply involved in the SF Bay Area music scene as conductor, composer, educator and flutist. She is Director of Instrumental Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School, Director of the John Adams Young Composers Program in Berkeley and Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra. Her music has been performed by the American Composer’s Forum, Avenue Winds, San Francisco Choral Artists, San Francisco Composers’ Chamber Orchestra, Schwungvoll!, Community Women’s Orchestra, Oakland Civic Orchestra, Womensing, New Directions Series: Bakersfield Symphony,  Trinity Chamber Concert Series, the New Music Forum Festival of Contemporary Music  and in London, UK by Carla Rees.  Recent commissions include works for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Sierra Ensemble, Community Women's Orchestra and the San Francisco Wind Festival.  Ms. Stoddard is a four-time recipient of AscapPlus Awards and holds music degrees from Humboldt State University and San Francisco State University and is published by Tetractys.

“The American Prize is pleased to bring additional attention to these two fine composers for their unique abilities,” said David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize. “Both have built enviable careers writing music that clearly inspires audiences and rewards performers. We hope this recognition will help generate more performances of their works and encourage them to continue to produce high quality compositions for the benefit of a broad public.”

The American Prize recognizes and rewards American artists in many areas of the performing arts. For additional information, please visit the competition website:

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