Where Flames a Word, a competition winner

khorikosI’m thrilled to report that my choral work Where Flames a Word is one of the ten winners of the 2014 ORTUS International New Music Competition, for Khorikos, directed by Jesse Mark Peckham. Khorikos will perform this and all the winning pieces March 8th, 2014, at St. Anthony’s in Soho, New York City.

More than 600 scores were submitted from around the globe. After finalists were chosen, the ten winners were selected by members of Khorikos.

A brief music video about each winning composition will be showcased at khorikos.com in the coming months. Then, on the evening of the performance, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be chosen through “votes, digital reach, audience feedback and general buzz.” Not sure how that works, but should be fun!

Here are the other winners and where they’re from. I’m proud to be named with them!

Marianne R. Eriksen, Norway
Alec Galambos, USA
Frank La Rocca, USA
Alexander Litvinovsky, Belarus
Guillermo Martinez, Venezuela
Nick Omiccioli, USA
Forrest Pierce, USA
Evelin Seppar, Estonia
Ingrid Stölzel, Germany

Congratulations to everybody! My thanks to Khorikos, and great thanks to Donald Nally and The Crossing, who commissioned, premiered, and recorded Where Flames a Word, on the haunting texts of Paul Celan. More about my piece here, including excerpts from the three movements, but here’s one: 

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