Tuesday, November 3, 2015


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the band/wind ensemble division of The American Prize in Composition, 2015. Congratulations!

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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—Band/Wind Ensemble

The American Prize winner:
DAVID AVSHALOMOV for "Vignettes"
Santa Monica, CA
A composer grounded in the traditions of Western classical music, David Avshalomov creates his works in an accessible modern romantic, neo-tonal style that balances a rich lyric gift with a characteristic rhythmic vitality and pungent harmonies. The forms he crafts are conservative and developmental, his compositional voice distinctive. The influences on his style include the great 20th-century European and American tonal composers, and both his late father Jacob and his paternal grandfather, Aaron Avshalomoff.

He has composed works for solo voice, choruses, orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, in forms ranging from songs and incidental pieces to full-length oratorio. Recently he has written a lot of choral and band music; he is now focusing on his opera, “The Pearl”. He has had commissions from numerous ensembles, including the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra, Musica Bella Orchestra of NY, Western Plains Wind Consortium (20 bands), 2012 Bandwagon Consortium (26 bands), LA Flute Orchestra, LA Clarinet Orchestra, Odyssea Chorus of Lisbon, Anglican Chorale of Southern California, Camerata Singers of Long Beach, and Westwood United Methodist Church (LA). He has also been Resident Composer with the Anglican Chorale, Torrance Civic Chorale, and Cantori Domino of Santa Monica.

His compositions have been performed professionally across the U.S. and in Europe and Russia, and are recorded on the Albany and Naxos labels. He has earned grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composer’s Forum, and two from the Durfee Foundation. In 2014 he was designated an Honored Artist of the American Prize in recognition of the consistently high quality of his body of work.

2nd Place:
VAIBHAV MOHANTY for "Altitude"
Charleston, SC

Vaibhav Mohanty (b. 1998) is a composer residing in Charleston, South Carolina. Studying piano performance from the age of four, he composed his first piece at age nine in memory of a late elementary school teacher. At age twelve, he appeared in concert as guest conductor for the premiere of his first symphonic work.
Recently, Vaibhav has been named the Grand Prize Winner of Sul Ross State University’s international wind ensemble composition contest and a winner of the National Association for Music Education Student Composers Competition, through which his piece was performed at the Grand Ole Opry House by the NAfME All-National Honor Band. His works are published by JPM Music Publications and Lighthouse Music Publications.

Currently, Vaibhav continues to compose for ensembles in the Charleston area and also teaches a music theory class at a private music studio. He will attend Harvard University starting in the fall of 2015.

3rd Place:
TIMOTHY C. TAKACH for "Frost Giant"
Minneapolis, MN

Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach is a full-time composer and has received commissions from organizations including VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, the Notre Dame Men’s Glee Club, cellist Kirsten Whitson, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, the Cherry Creek High School Meistersingers, and the Western Michigan University Chorale. His compositions have been performed on NPR broadcasts, A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, and multiple All-State and festival programs. Takach has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Meet the Composer. He studied Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College, where he graduated with honors. For me information visit www.timothyctakach.com


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