The American Prize Nation 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, 2019-20, in the pops/light music division. Congratulations!
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The American Prize in Composition—Pops/Light Music Division (professional division), 2019-20
The American Prize winner:
Heather Niemi Savage
Wood River Jct RI
Daughter of the Stars
|Heather Niemi Savage|
Heather’s works have been performed in a variety of contexts including the national conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers; the 2016 Rhode Island All-State Festival; the 2017 New Music Festival in Fitchburg, MA; and commemorative events at local churches. Her work, Daughter of the Stars, was premiered in Manhattan by the North/South Consonance chamber orchestra.
Heather resides in Rhode Island, where she is also a collaborative pianist, the music director of Carolina Free Baptist Church, and maintains a private teaching studio. More of her works and further information can be found at www.heatherniemisavage.com.
3rd Place (there was a tie):
Las Vegas NV
Bellor's recent album “Reflections at Dusk” was released by Innova Recordings November 2019, and showcases instrumental music inspired by the Nevada sunsets. The album has been described as “crepuscular,” “mystical,” and “magical.” Textura stated, “She's also that rare composer whose music manages to be instantly listenable and emotionally resonant without any compromise to its sophistication.” High Resolution was one of the pieces featured on the album, and was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the Clark High School Symphony Strings. The New York Concert Review described the work as “atmospheric, dream-like quality. It is an effective work that is worthy addition to the repertoire.”
Bellor holds a PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. She is on the composition faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and artistic director of the new music series Nextet. www.jenniferbellor.com.
3rd Place (there was a tie):
Finalist Honorable Mention:
Round Rock TX
Dr. Daniels has won the National School Orchestra Associations composition contest five times. He has over 100 published compositions including works for brass ensemble, solo wind instrument and piano, full orchestra, string orchestra, band, and string quartet.
Dr Daniels is the Composer-in-Residence for the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra. So far, the Orchestra has played over twenty of his compositions, many of them premier performances. He currently has 42 pieces listed at Luck’s Music.