8 June 2006
JSU Composer Wins First Prize
It was announced in early June that JSU composer Dr. Michael D’Ambrosio
was the First Prize winner and first recipient of the Arant Choral Competition Prize. The Arant Choral Composition Prize
was named in honor of E. Pierce Arant, Jr., former conductor of the University of Georgia Concert Choir, in recognition
of his many years of service to the Hodgson School of Music at UGA. As well as a monetary prize, the award also includes
possible performance of the prize winning composition.
The prize winning work, "In You The Earth," is scored for mixed choir and had been recognized earlier in the year when it
was awarded Third Place prize in the 2006 NUVOVOX Choral Award Competition as part of the Diana Barnhart Song Forum.
This year Dr. D’Ambrosio’s compositions have received performances at the Society of Composers, Inc., Region VI conference at
Rice University, at Oklahoma State University where he conducted a residency in preparation for the world premier of a new
choral work, "Wind on the Island" and at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference 2006, in Iowa City
where his "Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano" was performed by Kevin Towner.
As part of JSU’s first New Music Concert held in April, Dr. D’Ambrosio’s work, "Fanfare," was performed. This piece was
commissioned by the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall to commemorate the 125th anniversary of this downtown
Dr. D’Ambrosio is a graduate of Lehigh University with degrees in both Music and Accounting and of the University of Cincinnati,
College-Conservatory of Music where he was awarded both Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Before coming to JSU,
he taught at University of Dayton and Oklahoma State University.
At Jacksonville State University Dr. D’Ambrosio teaches courses in music theory, composition and related areas and directs
the overall operation of the Music Theory and Composition area. As an active composer, he has several projects underway
including compositions for wind ensemble and a planned residency in Connecticut in May 2007.
For further information on his compositions, visit Mike D'Ambrosio.
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