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The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble
The American Prize winner:
DAVID AVSHALOMOV for "Vignettes"
Santa Monica, CA
He has composed works for solo voice, choruses, orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, in forms ranging from songs and incidental pieces to full-length oratorio. Recently he has written a lot of choral and band music; he is now focusing on his opera, “The Pearl”. He has had commissions from numerous ensembles, including the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra, Musica Bella Orchestra of NY, Western Plains Wind Consortium (20 bands), 2012 Bandwagon Consortium (26 bands), LA Flute Orchestra, LA Clarinet Orchestra, Odyssea Chorus of Lisbon, Anglican Chorale of Southern California, Camerata Singers of Long Beach, and Westwood United Methodist Church (LA). He has also been Resident Composer with the Anglican Chorale, Torrance Civic Chorale, and Cantori Domino of Santa Monica.
His compositions have been performed professionally across the U.S. and in Europe and Russia, and are recorded on the Albany and Naxos labels. He has earned grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composer’s Forum, and two from the Durfee Foundation. In 2014 he was designated an Honored Artist of the American Prize in recognition of the consistently high quality of his body of work.
VAIBHAV MOHANTY for "Altitude"
Recently, Vaibhav has been named the Grand Prize Winner of Sul Ross State University’s international wind ensemble composition contest and a winner of the National Association for Music Education Student Composers Competition, through which his piece was performed at the Grand Ole Opry House by the NAfME All-National Honor Band. His works are published by JPM Music Publications and Lighthouse Music Publications.
Currently, Vaibhav continues to compose for ensembles in the Charleston area and also teaches a music theory class at a private music studio. He will attend Harvard University starting in the fall of 2015.
TIMOTHY C. TAKACH for "Frost Giant"
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