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The American Prize in Composition—band/wind ensemble, professional division
The American Prize winner:
MIGUEL A ROIG-FRANCOLI—Cincinnati OH
Perseus—for wind ensemble
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DAVID AVSHALOMOV—Santa Monica CA
Hill Dance—for concert band (featuring clarinet choir)
JAMES YOUNG—Baltimore, MD
Shouting at the Gates to the Neon Wasteland—for wind ensemble
Continuing to work in and around Baltimore, James has enjoyed a growing connection with the city, helping to foster a young, growing art community. He has enjoyed a diverse compositional career in Charm City, scoring music for the Occasional Symphony to accompany horror films of the silent era and working with Maryland Institute College of Art students as part of the Synesthesia concert series. He has underscored the work of videogame designers and has improvised via laptop accompanying voice as a part of the personally curated concert series, outerspaces.
James has received a doctorate in music composition from the Peabody Institute under the guidance of Michael Hersch.
HARRY BULOW—West Lafayette IN
Rapid City Overture
His works have received numerous awards including 1st Prize at the International Composers Competition in Trieste, Italy, the “Oscar Espla” Prize from the city of Alicante, Spain, a National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship, and 33 consecutive ASCAP/Plus Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Bulow’s compositions have been performed by the Omaha Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, New England Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble and the Moscow National Symphonic Band. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Northeastern Music Publications, Imagine Music and Silver Mace Publications. Recording are available on Nonesuch Records, North/South Consonance Records, Society of Composers, Inc. and Crest Records. He has held positions at the University of Hawaii, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. He is Professor of Music and Head of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
JOSEPH SPANIOLA—Pensacola FL
The American Prize in Composition—band/wind ensemble—student division
The American Prize winner:
DEREK JENKINS—Kansas City MO
We Seven—for wind ensemble
Jenkins is currently studying at UMKC, and he holds degrees from Rice University and UMKC. Additionally, he has received further instruction at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium and the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt.
In his spare time, Jenkins is an amateur scuba diver and daydreams of becoming an astronaut. For more information, visit www.derekmjenkins.com.
DINAH BIANCHI—Belleville MI
The Jackal's Palace
AARON MENCHER—Johns Creek GA
New—for wind ensemble
Aaron’s New for Wind Ensemble won the 2015 NAfME Student Composers Competition. This piece was premiered by the All-National Concert Band. It is now distributed through Murphy Music Press. In The Forest won the 2014 Third Millennium Ensemble Prize Pre-College Division.
Until 2015, he was the composer for The Dancing Goat Theater for many shows including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.
He is currently attending University of Missouri on a full tuition music composition scholarship where he is studying under Stephen Freund and William Lackey. More information about Aaron and his music can be found at menchermusic.com.
ZACHARY PLOEGER—Pipestone MN
Poem—for symphonic band
As a composer, Zach writes a wide range of works. His pieces are frequently played on recitals and composers concerts at Western Michigan University and in the surrounding Midwest area. Zach was recently named a Minnesota Public Radio Finalist in their young composers contest. Last year, the Mivos String Quartet read a composition he wrote specifically for them. He also just finished writing a commission for the WMU Premiere Brass Quintet, who premiered the piece in late March 2015. Additionally, his woodwind quintet “Galactic Voyage” was given an honorable mention and was a semi-finalist for the “American Prize” in chamber music composition. Zach is also a published composer, having his pieces on the websites of both J.W. Pepper and Sons, as well as Sheet Music Plus. He also maintains a website where all of his pieces can be viewed, ordered, or heard. Zach is a member of the Society of Composers Inc. www.zacharyploeger.com