Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WINNING COMPOSERS: pops/light music division, 2017-18

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Composition, 2017-18, in the pops/light music division. Congratulations! The pops/light music division is a new contest first offered in 2017-18.

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: The final postmark deadline for composers to apply for The American Prize, 2018-19, is APRIL 30, 2018.  There is no need to email in advance to take advantage of the April date. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms will not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

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The American Prize in Composition—Pops/Light Music Division (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
Gregory Yasinitsky   Pullman WA 
    Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Gregory Yasinitsky
Gregory W. Yasinitsky, Director of the School of Music at Washington State University, has an international reputation as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. He is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Commission Project, Artist Trust and ASCAP. Yasinitsky has over 210 published musical works performed in over forty countries world-wide. His compositions and saxophone playing are featured on over fifty recordings. Yasinitsky has written music especially for David Sanborn, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, and has performed with Randy Brecker, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, and the San Francisco and Spokane Symphonies.

2nd Place:
Huei Li Lam   Brooklyn NY 
    The Unknown Bell
Huei Li Lam
New York based pianist, Huei Li Lam is an award winning composer who specializing in both contemporary jazz and classical music. She began her music studies at a very young age, earning her Associate Diploma, Recital Piano from the Trinity College of London when she was just eleven. She then proceeded to earn her Licentiate Diploma, Recital Piano and Associate Diploma, Recital Violin a few years later.

She was later awarded a scholarship to further her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. With her exceptional musical abilities, she completed her Bachelor of Music with a Five-years Dual Major Degree Program in Performance and Jazz Composition in just 1.5 years. Her accolades include the Global Music Awards (GMA), Young Composer Showcase Winner at the 2017 International Jazz Education Network Conference, and the Finalist of Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composer in 2016.

3rd Place:
Delvyn Case   Quincy MA 
    Rocket Sleigh
Delvyn Case
Delvyn Case (b 1974) is a composer, conductor, scholar, performer and educator based in the Boston area.  His music has been performed by 70 orchestras from Alaska to Florida , plus the Grammy-winning quintet Chestnut Brass Company, mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, The Hermitage Trio, The US Coast Guard Band, The New York Virtuoso Singers, and many others.    He is the composer of The Prioress’s Tale, a 75-minute chamber opera inspired by Chaucer, whose January 2008 premiere garnered a featured article in the Boston Globe. A parable about the power of forgiveness to heal the wounds of religious intolerance, the production toured New England for 3 seasons, supported by institutions wishing to explore issues of interfaith dialogue and peace-making in a unique way.  Delvyn Case holds degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, and currently teaches at Wheaton College.   He lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.


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