Adrienne Albert : Awards & Commissions

  • Continental Harmony links communities with composers through the creation of original musical works. The program is a p (2006)   --  National award by Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and Chorus
  • Commission for Saxophone and Guitar Work (2006)   --  Local award by Alan Durst, Saxophone, Corey Whitehead, Guitar
  • Composer-In-Residence (2007)   --  National award by Ucross Foundation
  • ACME Award (2007)   --  National award by Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity
  • Commission (2007)   --  Local award by Pacific Serenades
  • Chamber Music Palisades (2008)   --  Local award by
  • Commission (2008)   --  Local award by Andrew Malloy
  • Winner (2008)   --  National award by Aeros Quintet Competition
  • Commission (2008)   --  National award by Andrew Malloy
  • Chamber Music Palisades (2008)   --  National award by Chamber Music Palisades
  • Commission (2008)   --  International award by Peter Sheridan, Contabass Flute
  • Winner of Aeros Competition (2007)   --  National award by Aeros Quintet Competition
  • Commission (2009)   --  National award by Andrew Malloy
  • Inland Empire Youth Wind Symphony Commissioning Consortium (2009)   --  State award by Inland Empire Youth Wind Symphony
  • Composer-In-Residence (2009)   --  State award by CalState University, Fresno
  • ASCAPAwards (12 times; first = 1999)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Commission for Musescapes for Piano Trio (2009)   --  National award by The Newstead Trio and Carol S. Gee
  • Mu Phi Epsilon Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Grant (2 times; first = 2004)   --  International award by Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity
  • Honorable Mention in 2009 Areon Flutes Competition (2009)   --  National award by Areon Flutes
  • Subito Grant (2011)   --  State award by American Composers Forum San Francisco

Adrienne Albert : Reviews

Animalogy: Element of surprise'Animalogy' premiers at Pratt MuseumBy Casey YordyHomer TribuneJune 21, 2006Despite the drizzle, “Animalogy” was a hot performance.Gray clouds swirled overhead as Adrienne Albert prepared for the world debut of “Animalogy.” The bloated cumulus cast an ominous shadow over the assembled masses. Shortly before the show started, rain descended, harassing the crowd of at least 80 people awaiting the performance at the Pratt Museum’s Forest Amphitheater.Homer Tribune/Sean PearsonA Japanese fishing float hangs from a tree in the forest behind the Pratt Museum as part of the 'Facing the Elements' exhibit.Albert was commissioned last year to create a musical representation ofthe southern Kenai Peninsula. “Animalogy” is the first of three worksby the composer. The piece debuted at the opening reception of thePratt Museum’s “Facing the Elements” outdoor art exhibit. “Animalogy” lasted for about 20 minutes, and started with an abandonedstage. As Albert introduced the piece, her musicians slunk off into theunderbrush. When she turned around to give the go ahead, the theaterstage stood empty.Homer Tribune/Sean PearsonRyjil Christiansen's work with colored rocks creates an interesting contrast of nature.“We will just have to see where they went,” mused Albert as she took her seat in the front. Shortly after, squeaks, squeals and whistles resonated through theforest. Call and response was initiated between bassoon, horn, flute,oboe, and clarinet. Homer Tribune/Sean PearsonSeveral artists used natural elements within the trees to create their works of art, including tree barks, metal and ceramics.As the piece shape up, musicians crept from behind adjacent foliage andconverged upon the stage. Bird-like squawks and honks were held down bya uniting and simply elegant melody. The music swelled, its avian sound slipped into the ears, bewitchingthe gray matter of the listeners with an ephemeral beauty. The rainbegan to taper off, and the show ended. Stray notes lingered on the airbefore slipping into the ether. As quickly as “Animalogy” started, itconcluded and everyone wanted more.

    -- Casey Yordy, Homer Tribune


Karen Amanda Amrhein : Awards & Commissions

  • Individual Artist Award in Music Composition (2005)   --  State award by Maryland State Arts Council

Karen Amanda Amrhein : Reviews

Sonata for Horn and Piano: "Seriously worth investigating for study and public performance.... Succinct in style and scope, it provides the audience a capsulized aroma of mid-twentieth century harmonic idioms as well as some fresh melodic direction.... [and it] leaves the listener wanting more."

    -- The Horn Call, The Horn Call

chamber music by Karen Amrhein: "Amrhein is tonally oriented, lyrical, and composes with an insightful sense of instrumental possibility. She is also a fine contrapuntalist who is equally adept at thinking both vertically and horizontally. Her lines are enlivened by quirky rhythms, and the harmonies that their convergences generate at key points are never less than pleasingly surprising."

    -- William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine


Deborah Jane Anderson : Awards & Commissions

  • honorable mention (2011)   --  International award by The Amadeus Choir
  • Performance (2012)   --  National award by University of Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival
  • Performance (2012)   --  National award by Boston Metro Opera Festival
  • commissioned work for flute, voice and harp (2011)   --  Local award by PLU faculty recital; Dr. James Brown and Dr. Jennifer Rhyne

Lori F Ardovino, DMA : Awards & Commissions

  • Alabama State Council for the Arts Fellowship (2013)   --  State award by
  • Special Projects and Research Grant (2 times; first = 2013)   --  Local award by University of Montevallo

Greg Bartholomew : Awards & Commissions

  • Finalist for the 2012 American Prize in Choral Composition. (2012)   --  National award by
  • Winner of the 2012 Spector Prize for the First Suite from Razumov. (2012)   --  National award by The Third Millenium Ensemble
  • Silver Platter Repertoire Award Winner in March 2012 for The Tree. (2012)   --  National award by
  • First Place in the 2006 Orpheus Music Composition Competition for Beneath the Apple Tree. (2006)   --  International award by
  • Masterworks Prize by ERM Media in 2006 for On the Ground Where We Live. (2006)   --  International award by
  • Masterworks Prize by ERM Media in 2005 for the First Suite from Razumov. (2005)   --  International award by

Greg Bartholomew : Reviews

String Trio for George Crumb: Greg Bartholomew (born 1957) studied at the College of William and Mary and at University of Washington. His sole direct contact with George Crumb appears to be his participation in a composition workshop. Of his String Trio for George Crumb, Mr. Bartholomew writes that it was commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival composers’ Symposium in honor of George Crumb [FN 2] on the occasion of his 75th birthday and was premiered by the Third Angle New Music Ensemble at Beall Concert Hall, Eugene, Oregon, 3 July 2004. A revised score was premiered in Chicago on 20 April 2005. The composer explains that the first movement is constructed almost entirely from the initial and final letters of Crumb’s name, the pitches G,E,C and B (“GEorGE CrumB”). The second and third movements each extend 75 bars, marking Crumb’s 75 years. The second movement is based on the “Sarabanda” theme from Crumb’s extended work for electric string quartet Black Angels. The G E C B motif recurs in the third movement but this time it is G# E C# B, “as the piece concludes with a bit of fun.” None of this gematria would seem to be very musical, but the result is quite beautiful, better than much of Crumb’s music. “G E C” is the descending C major triad (G# E C# is the descending C# minor triad), and much of the music sounds remarkably as if it were written in the Renaissance. You will enjoy this work immensely and want to hear more by this “youthful” (50 years old!) composer.[FN 2:] 2. Besides Black Angels, famously recorded by the Kronos Quartet of San Francisco, George Crumb is known for his orchestral work Echoes of Time and the River for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1968; I don’t have to hear this work because the way you win a Pulitzer Prize is to sound exactly like Elliot Carter. In 2001 a recording of his Star Child won a “Grammy” award for Best Contemporary Composition. The Naxos website describes his music as “hauntingly beautiful;” my observation is that this is true of the Three Early Songs (1947) and Dream sequence (Images II) of 1976. Ancient Voices of Children (texts by Federico Garcia Lorca who is no longer around to complain) sounds to me exactly like a mouse ran up the soprano’s leg and got into her knickers. A Little Suite for Christmas sounds to me like a three-year-old doing terrible things to a piano while crawling all over it. Perhaps Mr. Bartholomew’s joke is that George Crumb would never have written a piece so tonal and relaxed as his.Read more: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Feb09/Langroise_Volante_5721.htm#ixzz1z1Wt2eBC

    -- Paul Shoemaker, www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Feb09/Langroise_Volante_5721.htm


Al Benner, DMA : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP Plus Award (10 times; first = 2003)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Commission (1999)   --  National award by Carson P. Cooman and the Werner Foundation
  • Music for a New Millennium Commission (1999)   --  National award by Khachaturian-Leeds Society of America

Robert J. Bradshaw : Awards & Commissions

  • .Gabriel Commission - Australian Trumpet Guild (2010)   --  International award by members of Opera Australia and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Mr. Thomas Howard Bramel : Awards & Commissions

  • EMMY Award (1986)   --  Regional award by National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • CINE Golden Eagle (1992)   --  International award by Council on International Non-theatrical Events
  • 50th Anniversary Commission for All State Band (1992)   --  State award by Maryland Music Educators Association

Dinos Constantinides : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP Plus Award (3 times; first = 2001)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Commission (1999)   --  International award by Athens Saxophone Quartet
  • Commission (1999)   --  International award by Duo Verdehr
  • Commission (1999)   --  International award by Lisa McCullough and Ivan Lalev
  • Commission (1999)   --  International award by Rossini Duo of Romania
  • Commission (1999)   --  International award by Sarah Beth Hanson, Louisiana Division of the Arts
  • Commission (1999)   --  National award by Elsa and Walter Verdehr
  • Commission (2000)   --  International award by Mobile International Cultural Affairs and Tourism
  • Commission (2000)   --  International award by Olga Thomatos
  • Commission (2000)   --  International award by Th. Sotiriades of Greece
  • Commission (2000)   --  Local award by Sarah Beth Hanson
  • Commission (2000)   --  Local award by Sarah Beth Hanson, Department of the Arts grant
  • Commission (2001)   --  International award by Theofilos Sotiriades in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Commission (2002)   --  State award by Iwona Glinka
  • Commission (2002)   --  State award by Linda Strommen
  • Composer-in-Residence (2000)   --  International award by Porto-Heli International Festival, Greece
  • Guest Composer, Festival for the Greece 2000 Celebration (2000)   --  International award by Mobile International Cultural Affairs and Tourism
  • Standard Award (1999)   --  National award by ASCAP

Sylvia Constantinidis, M.M. : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP PLUS AWARD Composer of Concert Music (2010)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • MASTERWORKS OF THE NEW ERA (2006)   --  International award by ERM MEDIA
  • MUSIC OF NOTE AWARD (2003)   --  Regional award by Florida Young Patronesse of the Opera /Kennedy Foundation
  • Commission Duo Leandro-Yeon Su Kim (Marimba-Violin) (2008)   --  State award by University of Miami
  • Scholarship: “Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho” . Venezuela, Undergraduate studies, full tuition. (1983)   --  National award by Fundacion Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho
  • Scholarship: “Canford Summer Music Festival”, England, tuition scholarship,. (1991)   --  International award by Canford Summer Music Festival
  • Scholarship: “Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho”. Venezuela, Graduate Studies: Master, Full Tuition, 1991-1993. (1991)   --  International award by Fundacion Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho
  • ASCAP-PLUS AWARD –Concert Music- (2009)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • “Excellence in Teaching Practices Award”, Learning Innovations, (2007)   --  Regional award by Miami Dade College,
  • Golden Apple Grant , (2005)   --  Regional award by Miami Dade College
  • “Dean’s List”, Frost School of Music (2005)   --  Local award by University of Miami.
  • Scholarship, Music Theory and Composition Program, Tuition, Fall 2004-Fall 2007. (2004)   --  Local award by University of Miami
  • “Dean’s List”, Frost School of Music (2004)   --  Local award by University of Miami
  • Grant: , Opera Adventure Project Dissemination (2004)   --  Regional award by THE EDUCATION FUND
  • “Educator of Note Award 2003”, Music Educator of the Year Award, (2003)   --  Regional award by “Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation” and the Young Patronesses of the Opera, the Florida Grand Opera. For cre
  • Grant Participant, START GRANT, (Nov.2001-Jan. 2003) (2001)   --  Local award by The Washington Department of Education. Music and Technology,
  • Grant, Opera Adventure Project Dissemination (2002)   --  Regional award by “THE EDUCATION FUND”
  • Grant, Opera Adventure Project (2001)   --  Local award by “THE EDUCATION FUND”
  • Grant , Conductor, String Youth Orchestra Program (1999)   --  Local award by MDCPS
  • Artist in Residence Grant: (1993)   --  International award by Consejo Nacional de la Cultura CONAC, Venezuela
  • Artist in Residence Grant: , (1992)   --  International award by Consejo Nacional de la Cultura CONAC, Venezuela
  • “Dean’s List”, Frost School of Music, (1992)   --  Local award by University of Miami,
  • Scholarship: “Paloma O’Shea”, Santander, Spain, Piano Master Classes, (1992)   --  International award by “Paloma O’Shea” Piano festival
  • Scholarship, Summer Master Classes, tuition, 1992. (1992)   --  Regional award by “TCU/ Cliburn Piano Institute”, Fort Worth, Texas,
  • -Trio for Clarinet, Viola and piano, Commissioned by FESNOJIV for the 2011 Bicentenary of the Venezuelan Independance. T (2011)   --  International award by FESNOJIV -El Sistema-, Venezuela
  • Commission -"Misa LatinoAmericana", To be premiered in 2012. (Norway, Denmark, Germany) (2011)   --  International award by Ensemble Per Passione, Arhus, Denmark.
  • Commission, -"Madrigales", To be premiered in 2012. (Norway, Denmark, Germany) (2011)   --  International award by Ensemble PerPassione, Arhus, Denmark.
  • 10th LATIN GRAMMY, Nominee, Category: "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" (for "MACONDO POEMS", MA (2009)   --  National award by LATIN GRAMMY

Ken Davies : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP Plus Award (11 times; first = 2005)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Mississippi Performing Artist Fellowship in Composition (2 times; first = 2006)   --  State award by Mississippi Arts Commission and NEA
  • Commission K'Danza (2006)   --  International award by by Lothar Kreck for use with his Piano Concerto
  • Commission (2007)   --  Local award by "City of God" commissioned by Earl Turner
  • Eastern Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition (2009)   --  National award by Winner 2009 Competition-Peformed by Charlie Vernon
  • Crossroads (2011)   --  State award by Commissioned by Ben McIlwain, Prof. of Trombone, University of Southern MS
  • "Collage" for trumpet, trombone and piano (2013)   --  State award by Mississippi Music Teacher's Association

Ken Davies : Reviews

Antiphonal Music for Two Trumpets: This three-movement suite for two trumpets was conceived in a modern style reminiscent of the writing of Anthony Plog. Characteristics lending to this depiction include interesting counterpoint, whimsical motives in a pointillistic style, and quick exchanges of rapid notes in alternating parts. As the title suggests, the three duets should be performed antiphonally, with players at least fifteen feet apart on a concert stage.... These duets are ideal for undergrtaduate students. There are some interesting rhythmic challenges, and a good command of double tonguing is required. Om addition, the pointillistic motives require good ear training; however, since endurance is not much of a consideration and the range is quite reqsonable (the parts rarely ascend above the staff and there is only one c'"), advanced high school players will likely find the duets accessible. University professors will find these short works to be useful additions to their library of duets for sight-reading in lessons. Undoubtedly, the works are suited for concert performance as well, possible either commencing or concluding a recital.(see ITG Journal/June 2005 for complete review)

    -- Luis C. Engelke, Music Reviews Editor, Towson Univ., Towson, MD., International Trumpet Guild Journal

Quietudes: Sacred Music for Organ: This cycle of four soft, slow pieces for solo organ, each about four minutes in duration, comes to us from ken Davies, a composer whose credits include the commissioned work, "God, The Artist of Creation" (SATB and organ) for the 1998 AGO National Convention. Each piece is prefaced by a scriptural quotation, and while each is slightly more difficult than the one before, the technical demands are moderate. The harmonic language recalls Hindemith with its shifting modes, and the Impressionists with the emphasis on quartal sonorities. Mr. Davies often employs the practice of building up chords from a low tone and adding higher ones, and then releasing tones while sustaining others, which sounds to good effect on the organ. While the harmonies are rife with added notes and seventh chords, the language is never harshly dissonant. The work shows a strong sense of melodic contour, pacing, and contrast despite the lack of quick motion or of dynamics above mezzo-piano. Registrations are given, but the composer makes it clear that these are suggestions and not demands. The composition is playable on any organ of two manuals or more with typical resources in terms of 8' flues. My personal favorite is the second of the four, with its far-ranging, expressive, rhapsodic, and sparsely accompanied quartally based melody in the outer sections of an arch form. In general, a worth addition to the recital repertoire, as well as for practical use as church music.

    -- Christopher M. Wicks, CAGO, The American Organist, February 2006, page 90

Amplitudes: This recent composition by Ken Davies is a welcome addition to the brass quartet literature. The work develops a number of ideas to create moving "sound blocks and contours," as well as timbral variety. These ideas include glissando gestures, note repetition, dynamic manipulation, and a number of tricky but playable muted sections. Mutes required include straight, cup and plunger. A marvelous effect is the contrasting timbres created during the independently muted sections. The color of one trumpet and trombone with straight mute while the other trumpet and trombone use cup mute is particularly effective. During the note repetition sections, superior ensemble work is required to match parts both dynamically and rhythmically. In one instance, the note repetition involves measured tremolos, and on a second instance, coordination of the plunger mute between the two trumpets and tenor trombone is required. Each quartet member must have excellent independent rhythm and time to perform the work successfully. In many instances, each part has awkward rhythmic figures that abruptly resolve on a unison rhythmic figure. Although challenging, the effect is excellent. The trumpet and tenor trombone parts do not have taxing ranges; the bass trombone does extend to f-sharp. The parts are easy to read, and the helpful cues will save time in rehearsal. This seven-minute work is well crafted and will keep the attention of the listener and the players. The rehearsal time required is a good investment.

    -- Edward Bach, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, International Trumpet Guild Journal, Feb. 1996, Vol. 20, page 73

Milton's Trombones: This lyric, contemporary piece honors longtime ITA member and retired University of New Orleans band director, Milton Bush. "Milton's Trombones" was premiered July 13, 2003, by the New Orleans Trombone Choir in a concert conducted by Bush with composer Ken Davies playing tenor trombone in the ensemble. The composition opens in the key of C with a statement from the bass trombone answered by the three tenor parts. A shift in key creates mystery; then the middle two trombones begin a rising and falling obligato as background for a soaring melody beginning in first trombone and filtering down to bass. The piece concludes by returning to its opening statement and ending with a gentle, sonorous cascade. "Milton's Trombones" never rises above mezzo-forte in volume and the obligato figure further challenges performers to play softly and stay out of the way of the melody as it passes from part to part. Davies' tight harmonies demand that performers play in tune and his legato marking call for a smooth, flowing style. Audiences will enjoy "Milton's Trombones'" intriguing tonalities and thoughtful mood, particularly if programmed between louder, more boisterous compositions.

    -- Eric Nye, Diamondhead, MS, International Trombone Association Journal, April 2011, pages 49-50

Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of Christ: The senior choral composer in this quartet is Ken Davies, a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster and winner of many awards and grants, including the Mississippi Performing Artist Fellowship in Composition and Mississippi Arts Commission grants. While Davies could not join us himself this weekend, due to his duties as president of the Southeastern Composers League (which also had a gathering this weekend) his wife and poet, Judy Davies, came to be with us in his stead. On the advice of his Episcopal priest Ken Davies embraced the beautiful text of Romans 8:35-39, so seldom set to music (I also set this text as a song in 1986). He achieved a powerful setting in the Arvo Pärt and John Taverner tradition by staying mostly in D minor and featuring a rarely-used choral texture: women in unison and men in unison, often holding long pedal notes. The stark effect of this texture makes the arrival of full four-part harmony particularly rich, artfully revealing the riches of Jesus Christ’s love for us. When he, in fact, sets “loved us,” he moves into D major’s tonic triad in the first inversion, a poignant change of mode. The tensions of this magnificent text are ably reflected in the plagal cadence reflecting both the minor and major tonality of D.

    -- Dr. Walter Saul, Blog by composer, Dr. Walter Saul on Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Conference, March 1-2, 2013

Notasonata for trombone and digital media: Ken Davies' cleverly titled "Notasonata" is a welcome addition to the slowly growing library of music for trombone and digital media, and a performer with an interest in that combination will definitely enjoy this composition. The style used by Mr. Davies reflects his background as a freelance classical and commercial music trombonist. Such a style can best be described as a combination of music written by composers like Jim Pugh and Richard Peaslee and the dark, synthesizer-heavy score to "The Terminator," written by Brad Fiedel.The composer points out in his performance notes that, though "there are two themes, development and recapitulation, sections (of sorts), the work is not a sonata." Regardless, the outer and more technical sections employ thematic back-and-forth between the soloist and accompaniment, while the lyrical sections contain the strongest thematic material. Contrast in styles is heightened by the variety of articulation between the two sections. The overall difficulty of this work dictates that it would be appropriate for an upper level undergraduate trombonist, or higher. In writing well-suited to trombone, there are interesting and attractive moments when the soloist either must or could execute effective cross-grain slurs. Endurance should not be an issue as there are several measures of rest. Written entirely in bass cleft, range extends from A-flat to b-flat1 and the tessitura is not overly demanding. Quarter note pulse of 120 is constant throughout; some extended sixteenth note passages may challenge technique. The compact disc contains two tracks, the second of which includes trombone soloist as demonstration. Chronological cues placed every thirty seconds in the solo part are also helpful. Other attractive aspects include a wide variety of accompanying effects and instruments and the spatial effects created between the speakers, e.g. left versus right moments, sounds passing from one side, through the center, and on to the other side. The only shortcoming of this composition is its length. A nine minute piece is not too lengthy, per se, but this one almost seems to run out of gas before the recapitulation. Nevertheless, this composition is a worth and welcome addition to the repertoire.

    -- Casey Thomas, ABD, owner of Solid Brass Music and reviewer for the ITA Journal, International Trombone Association Journal, Vol 39, No. 4, page 49


Aurelio De La Vega : Awards & Commissions

  • FACE Award (2000)   --  International award by FACE

Jay Derderian : Awards & Commissions

  • Morton Gould Young Composers Award (Finalist) (2012)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Portland State Composition Competition (Finalist) (2009)   --  Local award by Portland State University
  • New Ideas in Music (Finalist) (2013)   --  International award by Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • New Music USA Grant (2014)   --  National award by New Music USA
  • Commission (2009)   --  Local award by Fletcher Nemeth
  • Commission (2009)   --  Local award by Helen Funston
  • Commission (2010)   --  National award by Bus Stop Opera
  • Commission (2 times; first = 2010)   --  Local award by Stella Roshi-Moles
  • Commission (2011)   --  Local award by Evan Kuhlmann
  • Commission (2012)   --  Local award by Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project
  • Commission (2012)   --  International award by Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Commission (2013)   --  International award by Markus Wenniger
  • Commission (2014)   --  Regional award by RE:Percussion Duo
  • American Prize - Chamber Music Division (Semi-finalist) (2014)   --  National award by
  • Third Angle Ensemble (2013)   --  Local award by Third Angle Ensemble

Jay Derderian : Reviews

Concert reviews: Cascadia Composers’ “Blackout” and “Crazy Jane Misbehaves”: Portland composer Jay Derderian’s austere [REDACTED] for electric viola and tape sounded the most up to date, not least because of its birth during the recent National Security Agency privacy intrusion scandal and its consequently ominous atmosphere, produced by the viola’s raspier timbres and pitch bending. Like others on both programs, its length exceeded its ideas, but the probing music offered a piercing contrast to the surrounding pieces.

    -- Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch


Nancy Bloomer Deussen : Awards & Commissions

  • Ann and Lee E. Mueller Chamber Music Commission (1999)   --  National award by Mu Phi Epsilon Centennial Celebration
  • Commission (2002)   --  National award by Foundation for Universal Sacred Music
  • Composition Competition Award (1999)   --  National award by Mu Phi Epsilon

L Peter Deutsch : Awards & Commissions

  • commission (2008)   --  Local award by San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
  • commission for 20th Anniversary concert (2012)   --  Local award by Arizona Women in Tune

Kenneth David Froelich : Awards & Commissions

  • Music Alive: New Partnerships Participant (2009)   --  National award by Meet the Composer
  • First Prize PAS Composer Competition (2007)   --  National award by Percussive Arts Society
  • Commissioned Composer (2007)   --  State award by California Association of Professional Music Teachers
  • Underwood New Music Readings Participant (2005)   --  National award by American Composers Orchestra
  • Morton Gould/ASCAP Young Composers Competition (2004)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • First Prize NACUSA Young Composers Competition, 25th Anniversary (2003)   --  National award by NACUSA

Yalil Guerra : Awards & Commissions

  • Latin Grammy nominee "Best Classical album" (2010)   --  International award by
  • Cintas Foundation - New York (2010)   --  International award by

Juliana Hall : Awards & Commissions

  • Guggenheim Fellowship (1989)   --  National award by John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
  • Commission for a Song Cycle for soprano Dawn Upshaw (1987)   --  Local award by Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Commission for a Song Cycle for baritone David Malis (1990)   --  Local award by Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Commission for a Song Cycle for Mirror Visions Ensemble (1995)   --  Local award by Mirror Visions Ensemble of New York, New York
  • Commission for a Song Cycle for Turnpike Camerata (1991)   --  Local award by Turnpike Camerata of New York, New York
  • Commission for a Song Cycle for soprano Elizabeth King Dubberly (1991)   --  Local award by Elizabeth King Dubberly of Montevideo, Uruguay

Juliana Hall : Reviews

Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush: [Jayne] West's recital Sunday afternoon in the French Library with pianist Karen Sauer featured settings by seven composers of some of America's finest poets, and the results were exceptional...Juliana Hall caught much of Emily Dickinson's humor and gentle lyricism in seven songs drawn from her letters, Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush. A bright, extended tonality and a moving, spare lyricism allowed the texts to breathe. Her first setting of To Susan Gilbert was the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon.

    -- Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

Night Dances: By encore time, she [Dawn Upshaw] had...given a breathtaking display of virtuosity in Night Dances, a brilliant cycle of songs to texts by women poets...Juliana Hall used every trick in the book—melodic and half-spoken, tonal and nontonal. She did this to enliven the words by Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Emily Brontë, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Bishop, to deepen the impact of the texts dealing with night and sleep, to explore the implicit emotions in sounds that ranged from a whisper to a scream, with the piano supplying illustrations and comment and engaging in vivid dialogue...

    -- Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post


Brian W Holmes : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission (2000)   --  Local award by Cantablile Children's Chorus
  • Commission (2000)   --  Local award by Peninsula Women's Chorus
  • Professional Composer's Category (1998)   --  National award by Amadeus Choir

Richard Hugunine : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission - Original Music and Sound Editing - Short Film, "Lady Lulu" (2013)   --  Local award by

Lynn R. Job, DMA : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP Standard Award in Composition (Concert/Symphonic Div.) (8 times; first = 2001)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Commission - "Chalice Hill: Ascent & Elegy" (2001)   --  Local award by Hillcrest Church Orchestra (Dallas)
  • Commission - "Systole: Book I (3 songs)," orig. texts (2002)   --  Regional award by McLennan Community College, Waco (for Karen Hall, sop. & Andrew Hudson, piano)
  • Commission - "Serengeti Supper" (solo alto sax. & sound track) (2002)   --  International award by Horns and Hands Duo (Wurtzburg, Germany)
  • Commission - "Runaway Bay: Hula Sunrise" (cello quartet) (2002)   --  National award by UCO Cello Choir, Tess Remy-Schumacher, dir. - Jubilantly Job! Music Festival (2003)
  • Commission - "By the Road to Ephrath" (solo organ) (2003)   --  International award by Carson Cooman, organist
  • Commission - "Arcangelo Red" (solo violin) (2003)   --  International award by Hubert Pralitz, violinist
  • Commission - "Duetto Maduro" (2 violins) (2003)   --  Local award by Julia Bushkova, violinist, UNT faculty
  • Commission - "Blue Graves Rising" (solo piano) (2005)   --  International award by Carson Cooman, pianist (for Trinity Theological Seminary Program)
  • Commission - "Anchored in Perath: an apocalypse" (graphic score for solo organ) (2006)   --  International award by Carson Cooman, organist
  • Commission: "Graceland" (trumpet and organ) (2007)   --  International award by Carson Cooman, organist
  • "Bally Brew" (alto sax. and bodhran) (2005)   --  Local award by Richard D. Smiley, saxophonist
  • Commission - "House of Jatamansi" (flute and organ) (2008)   --  International award by Due Solisti (Kathleen Scheide, USA and Zofie Vokalkova, Czech Rep.)

Daniel Kessner : Awards & Commissions

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (2002)   --  International award by Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany

Dr. Michael A. Kimbell, D.M.A. : Awards & Commissions

  • Composition Competition Award (1999)   --  International award by Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Timothy Lee Miller : Awards & Commissions

  • Finalist in the American Prize for Excellence in Music Composition (2014)   --  National award by
  • Semi-Finalist in the American Prize for Excellence in Music Composition (2015)   --  National award by
  • Semi-Finalist in the American Prize for Excellence in Music Composition (2016)   --  National award by

Joseph Nocella : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission (1999)   --  Local award by Suburban Music School of Media, PA
  • Commission: Documentary Film Score (1999)   --  Local award by Benjamin Franklin Institute of Philadelphia

Dr. Deon Nielsen Price : Awards & Commissions

  • Grant (2003)   --  International award by Arts International
  • Marian Bowker Accompanying Award (2002)   --  National award by Mu Phi Epsilon

William Price : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP Plus Award. (4 times; first = 2001)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Commissioning Award (2001)   --  State award by Louisiana Music Teachers Association
  • Composer's Commissioning Award (2001)   --  State award by Louisiana Music Teacher's Association
  • First Prize, Philip Slates Memorial Contest (1999)   --  Regional award by Southeastern Composers League

Ms. Lisa Renee Ragsdale : Awards & Commissions

  • Jerome Foundation CCP grant (2004)   --  National award by Dolce Woodwind Quintet
  • Commission (2002)   --  State award by WiZARDS Quintet, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Commission (2003)   --  National award by Laurel Ann Maurer

Dr. Daniel Robbins : Awards & Commissions

  • Standard Award (1999)   --  National award by ASCAP

Alex Shapiro : Awards & Commissions

  • Best Instrumental Category Award (1999)   --  National award by Utah Composers Guild
  • Best Performance Award (1999)   --  National award by Delius Association of Florida.
  • Commission (1999)   --  National award by Frances Nobert, organist
  • Commission (1999)   --  National award by Mary Lou Newmark
  • Commission (1999)   --  State award by Carolyn Beck, bassoonist
  • Commission (1999)   --  State award by Chelsea Czuchra, flutist
  • Commission (2000)   --  National award by Norman Pearson, Principal tubist, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cynthia Bauhof-Williams, pianist
  • Commission (2000)   --  National award by Sabrina Berger, violinist
  • Special Award (1999)   --  National award by ASCAP

Alex Shapiro : Reviews

Current Events: "The new work was Alex Shapiro's Current Events, which was receiving its second performance hereabouts and deserves circulation. Her title, by the way, refers to her hobby, which has something to do with "communing with the sea life at tide pools." It's music exceptionally well made if fairly low on surprises; I found it most attractive, especially in a long, beautifully unfolding slow movement. In her pre-performance talk she kept invoking the ghost of Brahms, but I think she sold herself short on that count; her string scoring had little of the thickness with which the good Doktor was often given to burying his best thoughts. I wonder if he ever caught the romance of a tide pool."

    -- Alan Rich, The L.A. Weekly


Dr. Andrew Sigler : Awards & Commissions

  • Wellesley Composers Conference Commissioned Composer (2013)   --  International award by
  • Wellesley Composers Conference Fellowship (2012)   --  International award by
  • Seasons Festival Commision (2012)   --  International award by
  • Seasons Festival Fellowship (2012)   --  International award by
  • AmericN Prize - Chamber Music - Semifinalist (2013)   --  Local award by

Jerome Sorcsek : Awards & Commissions

  • National Band Association Composition Contest (1978)   --  National award by National Band Association and the DeMoulin Corp.
  • New Music For Young Ensembles (1986)   --  National award by NMYE
  • Die Festliche Musiktage - Uster (Switzerland) (2 times; first = 1981)   --  International award by International Society for the Promotion of Wind Music
  • National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Schools Composer-in-Residence (1977)   --  State award by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Greg A Steinke, Ph.D : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission for Orchestra piece (2007)   --  Local award by Newport Symphony
  • Oregon Artist Fellowship Award for 2009 (2009)   --  State award by
  • Solo Piano Commission from Portland Piano Festival International (2015)   --  National award by Portland Piano Festival International

Paul M. Stouffer : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission (1999)   --  National award by The Suni Project

Larry S. Tuttle : Awards & Commissions

  • H.J. Heinz Company Audience of the Future Composition Competition (2014)   --  National award by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Keuris Composers Contest (second prize, youth symphony division) (2016)   --  International award by Matching Arts - Amersfoort, Netherlands

Kyle Vanderburg : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAPLUS (3 times; first = 2011)   --  National award by ASCAP

Dr. Benjamin Williams : Awards & Commissions

  • ASCAP/Victor Herbert 2nd Place Award (2006)   --  National award by National Federation of Music Clubs

John Winsor : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission Competition Prize (5 times; first = 1992)   --  State award by Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • Delius Vocal Category Award (1992)   --  National award by Delius Association of Florida
  • Delius Keyboard Category Award (1995)   --  National award by Delius Association of Florida
  • Modern Music Festival 2000 Film Scoring Prize (2000)   --  International award by Colorado Modern Music Festival
  • Bronze Medal, Book of the Year Awards (2003)   --  International award by ForeWord Magazine
  • Editor's Choice Award (2004)   --  International award by iUniverse
  • Reader's Choice Award (2005)   --  International award by iUniverse
  • Margaret Fairbank Jory CAP Grant (1998)   --  National award by American Music Center
  • ASCAP Plus Awards (21 times; first = 1995)   --  National award by ASCAP
  • Meet the Composer Grants (2 times; first = 1998)   --  National award by Meet the Composer
  • Commissions (2 times; first = 1990)   --  Local award by Hardwick Chamber Ensemble
  • Commissions (3 times; first = 1992)   --  Local award by Music in Motion Dance Company

John Winsor : Reviews

Decade Divertimento: Winsor's superb Decade Divertimento was a fine tribute to the [Hardwick Chamber Ensemble's] decade of music making.

    -- Raymond Jones, Vice President, WHRO-FM, The Chesapeake Post

Final Portraits: The piece was warm and lively. It was played with elan, force, vigor, and a playful spirit. The work allowed each of the four passionate performers to shine, ending it with a flourish.

    -- Eric Feber, The Chesapeake Clipper

The Norwegian Lady: The performance was uniformly good with strong contributions by the composer himself [John Winsor] on clarinet, Jeanette Winsor on piano, Mary Tanner on cello, and especially effective (and beautiful) singing from Anita Lowry.

    -- Mary Ann McNamee, Penn Sounds


Rain Worthington : Reviews

Tracing a Dream: . A thrilling and shocking piece of more than eight minutes, where different strings and wind instruments interpret music fragments, overwhelming in some and mysterious in others, keeping the listener alert at all times.

    -- Alejandro Clavijo, Reviews New Age CD Review


Dr. Lan-In Winnie Yang, Ph.D/DMA : Awards & Commissions

  • Commission : Piano Concerto (2014)   --  International award by Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano (2012)   --  Local award by Philip Sezter, Gilbert Kalish



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