I’m thrilled to have received this honor for my work, Taxonomies of Pulse, which was premiered in October at the Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference in Fort Wayne.
From the MTNA:
“This award is conferred upon the composer of the most significant composition from among all works commissioned by the MTNA state affiliates. This year there were 28 submissions.
The recipient of the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award receives a $5,000 cash prize, made possible by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND. The award also includes a performance of the composition at the 2019 MTNA National Conference, which will be held from March 16-20, 2019 in Spokane, Washington. The actual performance is scheduled on Sunday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon in the Conference Theater in the Spokane Convention Center.
The judges for the 2018 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award were:
Dr. Philip Schuessler, 2017 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year, Instructor of Music Theory & Composition at Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. M. Shawn Hundley, Lecturer in Composition and Music Theory at University of Hawaii, Manoa
Dr. Michael-Thomas Foumai, Associate Professor of Composition & Music Theory Bethune-Cookman University.”