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The American Prize in Composition—opera, theater, film—professional division
The American Prize winner:
JUSTIN DELLO JOIO—New York, NY
Blue Mountain—A Chamber Opera in One Act
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Dello Joio was honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters highest award, The Award in Music, after previously receivingThe Lakond Award, and The Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy. Dello Joio has received the John Guggenheim Fellowship and was honored as Composer of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation in 2007. He has received awards and grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, CAPS Grant, The New York State Council on the Arts, 3 Meet the Composer Grants, The Presser Foundation, The Lado Award, The Alexander Gretchaninoff Award (String Quartet #1), The Marion Freschl Award.
CURTIS BRYANT—Union City GA
Bryant's first opera, ZABETTE, a collaboration with librettist and historian Mary R. Bullard, is based on the true story of a Georgia plantation owner and his mixed-race mistress during the turbulent Civil War era. The world premiere production in 1999 combined the vocal talents of Georgia State University with those of Morehouse and Spellman Colleges, as well as other area universities.
Bryant’s second opera, THE SECRET AGENT, based upon a libretto by forensic psychiatrist Allen Reichman, is an adaptation of the dark 1907 novel by Joseph Conrad. The world premiere was given in 2013 by Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company directed by Micheal Nutter.
DOUGLAS BUCHANAN—Cockeysville, MD
ALLEN SHEARER—Oakland, CA
Middlemarch in Spring
JUDITH LYNN STILLMAN—Providence, RI
When the Music Stopped
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Stillman's "When the Music Stopped" received national media coverage: "a breathtaking masterpiece," "Stillman's true genius shines as she catapults the audience through a multi-layered, artistically-complex presentation exploring injustice, survival and hope," "Stillman reaches for the stars and succeeds brilliantly in transporting us through darkness toward life and growth," "startlingly beautiful musical score."
Featured in world premieres at Lincoln Center; at Grammy's honoring Rostropovich; film scores for CBC-TV and Films JAD; Artist-in-Residence in China, Russia, Czech Republic, Beijing's Central Conservatory; Marlboro, Tanglewood, RI-PBS-TV, NPR. Collaborators: Wynton Marsalis (duo album, SONY), Mark O'Connor, Richard Stoltzman, Herbie Hancock (BOSE commercial), members of NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Borromeo, Cassatt, Shanghai Quartets.
The American Prize in Composition—opera, theater, film—student division
The American Prize winner:
GEORGI DIMITROV—Los Angeles, CA
Maximus—An Opera in One Act
Active as a performer, Georgi is also a proficient string player who began practicing violin at the age of 6. He currently plays in all three of Los Angeles’ youth orchestras and is principal viola at the YMF Debut Orchestra, assistant principal viola at the newly-formed Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, and third principal viola at the American Youth Symphony. He is a member of Che-Yen Chen’s viola studio at the Thornton School of Music.
DAYTON KINNEY—Durham, NC
HARRIET STEINKE—Grosse Pointe, MI
Somewhere in Europe
DOUGLAS BROWN—Morgantown WV
The Problem with This German
As publisher for Three Candles Music, Mr. Brown provides an avenue of promotion for the new music of living composers. In his own compositions he uses his combined background in instrumental and vocal music to draw on a broad spectrum for writing in the postminimal style. He also currently serves as adjunct professor in music for Wayland Baptist University in their online degree program.