Tuesday, November 17, 2015

COMPOSER WINNERS: opera/theater/film, 2015

The American Prize is honored to announce the winner, runners-up and honorable mentions in the OPERA/THEATER/FILM division of  The American Prize in Composition, 2015. 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—opera, theater, film 

The American Prize winner:
YIGUO YAN—Kansas City, MO
Colors of Obsessions
Yiguo Yan is an award-wining native Chinese young composer of contemporary classical music studying in the United States. Yiguo Yan’s compositions spans a wide range include Chinese and Western instruments ensembles, solos, and chamber operas. Her music has been played in China, America, Austria, France and Italy, with conductors Mahir Cetiz, Noah Sivan and Jeffery Means. Yiguo Yan received fellowships from “Cortona Sessions for New Music” (2013, Italy) and “Fontainebleau Festival” (2011, France); a merit-based scholarship from Mannes College of Music (2008-2012, New York). Yiguo Yan’s received awards include: First Prize for “Noah’s Ark-out door performing art music directing” of “Marion Tournon-Branly” at 2011, Fontainebleau, France; First Prize for Chamber Opera “Mirror” at 2008 Vienna Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera; Publication of “Mirror” by Vienna Masterworks A BMI Publisher; In 2007 Third Prize for "Heaven and Hell on the Top of Grass" from the Shanghai Conservatory's Composition Competition for Chinese instruments; First Prize for "Life is the Slave of Destiny" at the 2006 Shanghai Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition; Honorable Mention for "Dusk of Hometown" at the 2005 Shanghai International Music Festival. Yiguo’s principle composition teachers include Eric Chasalow, Yu-Hui Chang (Brandeis University), Mario Davidovsky, David Loeb (Mannes College of Music), Lv Huang (Shanghai Conservatory) and Yue Miao (Shanghai Music Middle School). Besides being a composer, Yiguo Yan is also a play writer. She has written librettos both in Chinese and English for her chamber operas. Yiguo Yan holds the master degree of Fine Arts in Music Composition at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of music degree in composition from Mannes College of Music. She is currently a DMA candidate at University of Missouri Kansas City, studying with Zhou Long. Website link: www.yiguoyan.wordpress.com

2nd Place:
Rain Down the Ruin
JOHN GRIMMETT is a composer and author of plays, musicals, opera and poetry. His work has been produced and performed by the Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and the Baltic Chamber Opera Theater (Lithuania), amongst others. A graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University, he was recently recognized with a Festival Award in Opera in the 2014 Boston-International Contempo Festival. He is the recipient of the Max Dreyfus Award (2012) in recognition of his talent as a musical theatre composer and participated in the inaugural ASCAP Foundation Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. Currently, he is the Managing Director of CMASH, a new music repertory group dedicated to establishing long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. He is a member and advocate of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. www.johngrimmett.com

3rd Place:
The Monkey's Paw, an opera of Gothic Horror
Jonathan N. Kupper is a composer, pianist, and professional musical director.  He has studied at Eastman, New England Conservatory, NYU (music theater writing program), and the University of Southern California (scoring for motion pictures).  Mr. Kupper has received numerous awards and scholarships including a commission-prize fellowship at Tanglewood, and the 2003 Carpenter Fellowship from BMI.  In 2010, his original one-act opera, The Monkey’s Paw, was selected as a finalist at the new works competition of Opera Vista, and enjoyed a full production in Pittsburgh later that year.  As a pianist, he has toured throughout the U.S. and Italy, and has previously served as Musical Director for: Back to Bachrach and David, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol, Nuncrackers, and Fiddler on the Roof (to name a few).  Mr. Kupper can be seen accompanying improv comedy, and he is the Director of Music at Buena Park First Congregational Church.

The American Prize in Composition—opera, theater, film 

WALLACE DE PUE—Bowling Green, OH
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Wallace De Pue earned his Ph.D. in music composition and theory at Michigan State University, U.S.A. His major professor was Dr. H. Owen Reed. In 1966, Dr. De Pue joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He retired in 1998.

In 2007, Dr. De Pue was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, by the Board of Directors for the Hamilton/Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, because of his 35-minute composition for choir and orchestra entitled, The Bird, Frog and Tree Club. In April 2008, Dr. De Pue won a commission from the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

Dr. De Pue’s works have won awards at the local, state and national levels. Dr. De Pue owns Picardie Court Publications. His website address is: www.wallacedepue.com.

The Break-Up

Eva Kendrick is a Boston area Music Director, Composer, Vocalist and Teacher. She composes in many mediums including opera, musical theatre, chamber music, song cycles and orchestral works. Awards include the 2014 Judith Lang Zaimont Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music New Music Search, 15 ASCAPLU$ awards, a Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She is the Chair of the Music Theory & Composition Department and Composer-In-Residence at the Community Music Center of Boston; Music Director of First Parish Medfield; Professor of Voice at Dean College, and Director of the Eva Kendrick Voice Studio. Recent works include Operator, a full-length musical, and Disir, a chamber work based on the Norse Poetic Edda. She holds a Masters of Music in Composition with Distinction from the Longy School of Music. For more on Kendrick, please visit her website at www.evakendrick.com.



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