Sunday, November 24, 2019

Remembering TAP Laureate Composer NANCY BLOOMER DEUSSEN

The American Prize notes with sadness the passing of TAP Laureate composer, Nancy Bloomer Deussen. A multi-year participant in The American Prize competitions, she was a second place winner in chamber music in 2013, received several honorable mentions for her music and was one of the first Honored Artists of The American Prize, presented in 2014. She was 88.

Nancy Bloomer Deussen, a prominent Californian, was co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area National Association of Composers, also serving on the national body for a number of years.

Deussen was educated at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, USC School of Music and San Jose State University, studying composition with Vittorio Giannini, Lukas Foss, Ingolf Dahl and Wilson Coker.

Bloomer Deussen’s was an advocate of accessible contemporary music, a fact reflected in her own style, which is melodic and tonal. She also was known for using the natural world as a source for inspiration.

A recipient of many grants, including The Peninsula Community, Silicon Valley Arts Council, The American Composer's Forum, The Contemporary Record Society and the Mu Phi Epsilon Memorial Foundation, she also won the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest for her Woodwind Quartet (1987), The Bay Area Composer's Symposium Award for Reflections on the Hudson, for orchestra (1994), The Britten on-the-Bay Prize for Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1996) and the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest for Concerto for Clarinet and Small Orchestra (1999).

Maestro David Katz writes: "Nancy was a composer of gracious insight and lovely, lyrical music. We communicated often and I was delighted to conduct her music more than once. I was so pleased to be able to extend to her additional recognition when she was named one of the first Honored Artists of The American Prize. Lovely lady. She will be missed."

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