Monday, June 17, 2019

WINNERS: composers (band/wind ensemble), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

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The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Ted King-Smith
Mission KS
Between Glimpses of Blue 

Ted King-Smith
Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist based in Kansas City, Missouri. As a composer he is interested in the combination of acoustic and electronic forces in music, and emphasizes virtuosity and improvisation in his works. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen and BMI. Ted’s music has been featured at numerous conferences and festivals as well as Late Night at National Sawdust, and WFMT and WKCR radio stations.  He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Ted is currently adjunct faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College where he teaches courses in music technology and multimedia. He is also active as a performer with the Mnemosyne Quartet; and founded the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival as part of the NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble.


2nd Place: 
Andrew David Perkins
Fenton MI
ASYLUM

Andrew David Perkins
An ASCAP Plus Award recipient and GRAMMY nominated music educator, conductor, and composer, Andrew David Perkins (b.1978) holds a Specialist Certificate in Orchestration from the Berklee College of Music (2012), a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan (2007), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University (2002). An active composer, conductor and educator, Perkins is a regular guest clinician nationally and abroad. Mr. Perkins has served as an adjunct professor of Film Scoring at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music and Music Technology at Fenton High School in Fenton, Michigan. He additionally serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Fenton Community Orchestra. Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and his music is exclusively published through APOLLO STUDIOS (ASCAP). www.andrewdavidperkins.com


3rd Place: 
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
Across the Divide

Larry Tuttle
Larry Tuttle writes iconic and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. His music is driven by 21-st Century rhythms and sensibilities, while being rooted with the power of archetypal musical elements.

Larry won the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2014 Audience of the Future Composition Competition with his work CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE.  His concert overture BY STEAM OR BY DREAM won second prize at the 2016 Keuris Composers Competition in The Netherlands, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Larry recently completed two new works for wind ensemble on commission from the University of Southern California and a large consortium of universities. He is a composing and performing member of Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles, a workshop group dedicated to the development of new music.  Larry is also a renowned master of the Chapman Stick.  You can find out more about his music at www.larrytuttle.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Greg Danner
Cookeville TN
Euphonium Concerto   

Greg Danner
Greg Danner is Professor of Music at Tennessee Technological University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri (1958) he received the B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University, the M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and the Ph.D. from Washington University. Danner’s awards include the College Band Directors National Association Music for Young Band Prize, vocal category and grand prize in the Delius Society Composition Contest, first prize in the Robert Avalon International Composers Competition, and first prize in the Taghkanic Chorale Composers Competition. Danner has also received both the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and Kentucky Music Teachers Association Composer Commission Awards. He is a three-time winner in the International Composers Guild Composition Contest, including the Grand Prize in 2010. Danner has received annual ASCAP awards for composition since 1989.  Recent commissions include works for the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, the American School Band Directors Association, and the Trifecta Trio. www.gregdanner.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Gregory Fritze 
Daytona Beach Shores FL 

Continental Concerto
Gregory Fritze 
Gregory Fritze is a prize-winning composer and Fulbright Scholar. He has written over eighty compositions for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles and soloists.  He won over sixty composition awards including First Prize in 2017 WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Composition Contest, First Prize Winner in Concurso Tenerife, Spain and others. Several professional ensembles have commissioned and played his music including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, The Banda Municipal of Madrid, and others. His music is published by several publishers in the US, South America and Europe and recorded on Albany Records, MSR Classics, Crystal Records, Mark Records and others. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities and music festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan, South America and Europe. He taught at Berklee College of Music was Professor and Chair of Composition from 1979 to 2016. He has Composition degrees from the Boston Conservatory and Indiana University.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Christopher Lowry
Antioch TN
Bicentennial Variations 
 
Christopher Lowry
Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. Winner of the 2017 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Competition and two-time winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Lowry has won prizes in the Vox Novus Call for Scores "Celebrating 200 Years with the West Point Band" (2017), The American Prize in Composition (Band Division, 2017; Orchestral and Chamber Divisions, 2016), 2016 Oklahoma Youth Winds Composition Competition, 2016 Salford International Composers Contest, 2016 Alabama Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, 2016 BandWidth Music Festival Call for Scores, 2016 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Composition Competition, 2016 Ablaze Orchestral Masters Call for Scores, NAfME Composition Competition (2015, 2012), Frank Van Der Stucken Composition Award (2015), Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra Composition Competition (2015), and the Anton Stadler International Basset Clarinet Composition Competition (2010), among others. He is also a two-time winner of the World Projects Composition Competition, winning in 2015 with Tranquillo for Orchestra (premiered in Carnegie Hall, June 2016) and in 2016 with Calm After - Chorale-Fanfare for Orchestra (to be premiered June 2017, Walt Disney Concert Hall). His music has been recorded by the Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic) and performed by the Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Imperial Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Louisiana State University Symphony, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, West Point Band, Baylor University Wind Ensemble. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Lowry holds a DMA and Master’s Degree from LSU and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.



The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (student division), 2018-19

The American Prize Winner:
Celka Ojakangas
Los Angeles CA
Bonehead Fizzix 

Celka Ojakangas
Celebrated for her music's charm and wit, Celka Ojakangas (b. 1992) is an award-winning Los Angeles-based composer who is unafraid to compose music that is both accessible and "out of the box." Her compositions have been performed and commissioned by many artists including USC Thornton’s Wind Ensemble, yMusic, and the Portland State University Opera. Celka is the winner of USC’s 2017 New Music for Wind Ensemble Contest, the honorable mention recipient of IAWM's 2018 Alex Shapiro prize, and a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award in the years 2016-2019. She is also a grantee of Opera America's 2019 Discovery Grants for Woman Composers. Celka is presently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California, studying under Ted Hearne. Current and former mentors include Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, Mara Gibson and Carlyle Sharpe.


2nd Place:
Keith Allegretti
Austin TX
Petrichor   

Keith Allegretti
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music, and even musical theater. His music has been performed in Santa Fe, Houston, Berlin, Ann Arbor, New York and elsewhere by professional and amateur ensembles, including Santa Fe New Music, Quartetto Indaco, the Rice University Chorale, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Circuit Bridges, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the American Creators Ensemble, and First Readings Project. He holds degrees in composition from Rice University and the University of Michigan.


3rd Place: 
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Through my eyes: One immigrant's story  

Marat Sanatullov
Marat Sanatullov (b. 1970) began his formal study of music at age 6 and graduated with honors from Yaroslavl Music College as a violin performer and teacher in his native Russia. After studying literature in France and coming to America in 1998, he completed a Ph.D. in language education and taught. As a composer, he completed a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts (May 2018) in Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), studying with Tyler White, Eric Richards, Tom Larson and Greg Simon. Inspired by his native Eurasian roots, different styles and mediums, Sanatullov’s music has been performed in high schools and universities throughout the United States. It received the First Prize in the 2015 Third Millennium Ensemble composers’ competition and the 2018 graduate Vreeland Award in Music at UNL. Sanatullov believes in the power of music, education, diversity, democracy and peace between nations and peoples.



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