Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Announcing COMPOSITION WINNERS, runners-up: choral divsion, 2013

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Composition: Choral Division, 2013. 

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: Choral Division, 2013, PROFESSIONAL category:

The American Prize winner:
Jonathan Santore   (Plymouth, NH)—selected choral works
Jonathan Santore
Jonathan Santore is Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University and Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale, which received a “Best of NH 2008” Award from New Hampshire Magazine for his settings of texts with strong New Hampshire connections. He has won honors for his works including the 2011 Award for Distinguished Scholarship from Plymouth State, where he has taught composition since 1994, a 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and awards from national and international composition contests. His compositions have been performed and broadcast nationally and internationally, published by firms including Alliance Music, Walton Music, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and recorded by artists on Albany and Centaur Records. His biography was selected for the 2013 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America. For more information about Santore and his work, please visit www.jonathansantore.com.

Among judges' comments: "This composer displays impressive skill, expressivity and contrast in every musical selection offered in the portfolio.  The listener is drawn in from the start..."

2nd Place:
Paul John Rudoi   (Minneapolis, MN)
—selected choral works
Paul John Rudoi

The music of Paul John Rudoi, recently deemed both “lush” and “lyrical” by Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, is fast becoming an important force in the worldwide choral community.  In 2011 alone his compositions won grand prizes in competitions hosted by the Milwaukee Choral Artists, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, and VocalEssence, and in 2012 he was a finalist for the Svanholm Singers’ Composition Award.  His works have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles nationwide, including Cantus, the Vancouver Chamber Singers, The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, the Anglican Singers, and the National Lutheran Choir.  He has received support and grants from the Jerome Foundation, MSAB, and the American Composers Forum, and his works are self-published and commercially published through Graphite Music Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Visit www.paulrudoi.com for more information.

Among judges' comments: "This young composer is already displaying an indisputably unique, confident and innovative voice in the choral composition field."

3rd Place:
John Muehleisen   (Mukilteo, WA)
—selected choral works
John Muehleisen

Composer John Muehleisen is increasingly in demand for commissions and performances nationally and internationally, particularly from choral ensembles.  John has served as Composer-in-Residence for Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble almost continuously since 1996, for the Dale Warland Singers (2003–2004), and for Choral Arts (2011–2012). He has also received commissions from Conspirare, The Esoterics, Northwest Girlchoir, Seattle Pro Musica, the South Bend Chamber Singers, Volti, and Seattle’s Choral Arts, which commissioned Piet√†, a concert-length oratorio premiered in March 2012 to instant critical acclaim. More than 40 of his choral works have been recorded commercially, most recently by the John Alexander Singers, Volti, and Opus 7, which will release a CD featuring numerous previously unrecorded pieces. John won the 1988 Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition, and his works have been featured at the Sixth World Choral Symposium, the 2007 NEA American Masterpieces Choral Festival in Austin, TX, and at multiple ACDA conferences.

Among judges comments: "Lush, powerful, condensed then expansive in continual “inhalations and exhalations of harmony”- all of this characterizes the masterful writing of composer John Muehleisen..."

The American Prize in Composition: Choral Division, 2013, STUDENT category:

The American Prize winner:
Liza Sobel   (Cresskill, NJ)—REQUIEM
Liza Sobel
Liza Sobel is a composer and singer studying at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross Conservatory for an MA/PhD in composition.  She studies composition with Robert Aldridge, Tarik O’Regan, and Gerald Chenoweth.  She previously studied at Cornell University (BA), Manhattan School of Music (semester exchange program), Bowdoin’s International Music Festival, nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop, and Chamber Music Institute.  Her past teachers include Steven Stucky, Richard Danielpour, Derek Bermel, and Kevin Ernste.

Liza was a Fulbright Scholar at Newcastle University, England in the summer of 2010 and was Cornell’s endorsed candidate and/or finalist for the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Keasbey scholarships.  Additional awards include a commission from the NJ Composers’ Guild to compose a new piece for the Cygnus Ensemble, a finalist in the 2013 BMI Student Composers Awards and a finalist in the 2013 American Prize in the orchestral division and a semi-finalist in the chamber division.

Among judges' comments: "A well-written and conceived piece, utilizing many interesting compositional techniques and devices..."  

2nd Place: 
Elizabeth Lim   (New York, NY)—TEMPEST; SISYPHEAN
Elizabeth Lim
Elizabeth Lim is a third year doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School, where she studied composition with Dr. Robert Beaser and Dr. Samuel Adler. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. For her musical contributions at Harvard, she was awarded the 2008 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and was recognized as one of “Fifteen Most Promising Seniors in the Arts.” While at Juilliard, her orchestral work, “Paranoia,” was a winner of the annual composers’ competition and was premiered by Jeff Milarsky and the Juilliard Orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Concert Hall.

More recently, Elizabeth’s orchestral piece, “The Remains of Truth,” was premiered by the Alabama All-State Orchestra during their annual music festival. The American Composers Orchestra also selected “Disharmony of the Spheres” for a reading by the Buffalo Philharmonic as part of the Earshot Composer Reading series, and the American Composers Forum and VocalEssence co-presented her choral work, “The Tempest,” during the 2012 Essentially Choral readings, directed by Philip Brunelle. Following the readings, Elizabeth received a commission to write for VocalEssence’s WITNESS Concert in February 2013.

Among judges' comments: "Tempest: very lyrical…like an art song for choir."  

3rd Place:
Joseph Gregorio   (West Chester, PA)
Joseph Gregorio
Joseph Gregorio (b. 1979) has studied composition with Steven Stucky, David Conte, and Richard Brodhead.  Gregorio’s music has been broadcast, recorded, and performed in the United States and abroad by numerous and renowned soloists and ensembles.  His choral music is published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Treble Clef Music Press.  Also active as a conductor, Gregorio is the founding director of prize-winning choir Ensemble Companio, and has served as assistant and guest conductor to several collegiate and community choirs.  He holds a M.M. in composition with departmental honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a M.M. in choral conducting from Yale University, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University.  Gregorio has taught music theory and musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Temple University. 

Among judges' comments: "Changing meters support the scansion well, a lovely, lyrical arrangement..."


Congratulations to winners and runners-up.

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