DMA Composition student Eli Fieldsteel was selected as a finalist in the 2012 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, and was later awarded first prize at Lawrence University during the annual SEAMUS Conference. The winning composition was Fieldsteel's work for Trumpet and Electronic Sound, "Fractus I."
The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts recently announced the winners of its 25th Annual Young Composer’s Competition.
First prize was awarded to Ethan Greene, of Austin, Texas, for his “Dancing as may be Credible” for clarinet, cello and piano. Tonia Ko, of Bloomington, Ind., earned second prize for her “Wanderer Moon” for voice and chamber ensemble, and Pierce Gradone, also of Austin, Texas, took home third-prize honors for his “Hearing Voices” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. First prize was awarded $1000, second prize $400 and third prize $100.
The internationally renowned professional chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound premiered a new work by DMA candidate Steven Snowden at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival July 16, 2011. While at the festival, he presented some of his recent works and shared his compositional processes in a public forum and worked closely with guest composers Anna Clyne and Roger Reynolds. Snowden will be returning to Columbia this spring for a two-week residency at the Sinquefeld Reserve, the 1700 acre estate of Rex and Jeanne Sinquefeld, primary benefactors of the MNMSF.
DMA candidate Steven Snowden wins 2011 MACRO competition with his percussion trio A Man With A Gun Lives Here. This work, selected anonymously from a pool of over 100 submissions, was origianlly commissioned by Austin's own line upon line percussion.
This award comes with a cash prize and a performance of his winning work at the 2012 MACRO conference in Madison, WI as well as a commission from the Truman State University Percussion Ensemble. This new work will be premiered in October of 2012 at the Truman State New Music Festival where Snowden will be the featured guest composer.
Zack Stanton attended the 2011 Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine, a month-long event that invests a lot of energy in its composition and contemporary music program. Zack had two pieces performed, including a a quartet using the Quartet for the End of Time instrumentation specifically written for the festival. He worked with a variety of performers and composers at the festival in masterclasses, bi-weekly seminars, and private lessons, most notably studying with George Tsontakis.