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Composition Awards announced in the Jacobs School of Music

April 18, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Composition Department is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 Dean's Prize Composition Competition, the 2012 Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award and the 2012 Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Awards for New Music Performance.

The Dean's Prize competition, sponsored by the Jacobs School of Music Office of the Dean and the Composition Department, has been held annually since 1977 and has included the commission of a new work from the winner of Chamber or Ensemble since 1993.

The Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award, made possible by a gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, provides an annual award to an undergraduate or graduate student composer within the Jacobs Composition Department for a composition for solo voice and instrumental ensemble. The commissioned work is premiered by the IU New Music Ensemble.

The Joshi Award is presented as part of the Composition Department's Dean's Prize competition to the student composer of the work involving voice that is ranked highest as judged by the Composition Department faculty.


Category A (Orchestra or Wind Ensemble, $500 prize):
Ryan Chase: The Light Fantastic for orchestra
Honorable mentions: Chappell Kingsland: 350 for wind ensemble; Eric Lindsay, Coronary Dance of the Destructive Sense for wind ensemble.

Born in 1987, Ryan Chase is a composer originally from Albany, NY, and is currently pursuing a DM at the Jacobs School of Music. He holds degrees from IU (MM 2010) and the Mannes College of Music (BM 2008). He currently studies with Claude Baker and has previously studied with Keith Fitch, Don Freund, Samuel Adler, David Tcimpidis, Chen Yi, and Gabriela Ortíz. He studies computer music with Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, and Alicyn Warren. Ryan is a member of ASCAP.

Chase's music has been formed in venues ranging from dive bars to Carnegie Hall by such ensembles as Alaria, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, CIRCE, the Chelsea Symphony, Contemporaneous, the IU New Music Ensemble, the Mannes Orchestra, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, and new music soprano Ariadne Greif. Recent accolades include the William Schuman Prize for most outstanding entry in the 2011 BMI Student Composer Awards, the 2010 IU Dean's Prize for Chamber Music, 1st Prize in the 2011 National Association of Composers USA Young Composers' Competition, and the 2008 Bohuslav Martinú Award. He has received fellowships from the Presser Foundation and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Upcoming performances include a reading with the American Composers Orchestra as part of the 2012 Underwood Readings as well as a premiere of a new work by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. His personal website is:

Category B (Chamber/Ensemble, $1000 prize and commission for a new work to be premiered by the New Music Ensemble in 2011-2012):
Jeremy Podgursky: MINDJOB (version 2.0)

A native of Louisville, KY, Jeremy Podgursky is a composer of chamber, orchestral and electronic music. His music has been featured in venues and festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan, and has been performed, premiered and read by professional groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Lost Dog, NewEAR , and Contemporaneous. Recent awards and honors include a 2011 Fromm Music Foundation Commission from Harvard, honorable mention in the national Finale/ACF/eighth blackbird composition contest, and participant in the inaugural Mizzou New Music Festival 2010. Jeremy has a Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellowship, and is an Associate Instructor in Composition. He has previously studied with Don Freund, John Gibson and Alicyn Warren. Currently, Jeremy studies composition with Claude Baker and electronic music with Jeffrey Hass.

Category C (Undergraduate, $300 prize):
Bin Li: Cursive

Born in 1987 in Fuzhou, China, Bin Li is a senior majoring in composition at the Jacobs School of Music and currently studying under Professor P.Q Phan. His past instructors included Claude Baker, David Dzubay, John Gibson, Jeffrey Hass, Aaron Travers and Evelyn Brancart (piano). Bin, a recipient of Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from Aspen Music Festival and School, has received awards from International Society of Bassists Composition Competition and Migratory Journeys International Composition Competition. His music has been performed in other festivals and venues such as SoundCrawl, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Buskirk-Chumley Theatre and the Bishop Nightclub. His commissioned pieces included Lake 1B11 for bassist James Sullivan and The Lost Temple for hornist Zach Glavan. Bin has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, directors and film makers for multimedia productions. In addition to his music activities, Bin is also pursuing a bachelor degree in business majoring in accounting and finance at the Kelley School of Business. He is a qualified CPA candidate and has interned as a public auditor and financial consultant. At the Kelley School, he is a member of the Student Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi.

Category D (Electronic, $300 prize):
Steven Snethkamp, Melting

The music of Steven Snethkamp has been performed across the United States and in Europe. His compositions are wide ranging, including works for orchestra, wind symphony, chorus, various chamber ensembles, and soloists. In addition to acoustic music, he regularly works with electronic music as well as video. His pieces have been performed at events such as SEAMUS, Electronic Music Midwest, and Electronic Music from the Big 10. In 2012, he has performances scheduled by the Third Angle Ensemble and the Fifth Floor Collective. Currently, Steven works as an Associate Instructor for the composition department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He holds degrees form the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM) and Indiana University (MM), where he is pursuing a Doctor of Music Degree. His composition instructors have included Don Freund, David Dzubay, Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandström, and Per Mårtensson. He has studied computer music with Jeffery Hass, John Gibson, and Alicyn Warren.

($1000 prize and commission for a new work for voice and ensemble to be premiered by NME in 2011-2012):
Chappell Kingsland, Hopewell Haiku, for baritone and Pierrot ensemble

The music of Chappell Kingsland (b. 1980) seeks to integrate elements from diverse musical cultures (concert and popular, Western and Eastern, past and present) into a personal and compelling synthesis. Chappell holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the Jacobs School of Music (MM), and is currently pursuing a DM. His teachers include Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, Aaron Travers, Chaya Czernowin, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Liptak. As a pianist, he specializes in contemporary music, primarily works by up-and-coming composers and his original transcriptions of rock songs. He is now writing an opera about America's love affair with Oil, scheduled to premiere in April of 2013. For more information, please visit

About The Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award

A vision of Louise Addicott-Joshi and made possible by a gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, the annual Georgina Joshi Composition Commission is awarded to a student composer in support of a new work for solo voice and instrumental ensemble to be premiered and recorded by the NME. The award is presented in conjunction with the annual Composition Department's Dean's Prizes that celebrate the highest ranked student compositions of the year.

Georgina Joshi

Georgina Joshi received her bachelor's degree in music (with honors) from the Royal College of Music in London and, at the time of her death, was pursuing a Master's degree in the Jacobs School of Music. While at IU, Joshi appeared as a soloist in major choral performances and IU Opera Theater productions. An enthusiastic performer, she was featured in a variety of regional ensembles and festivals, and appeared as a soloist in England, Wales, Romania, and Greece.


$500, Elliott Bark, conductor

$300, Emily Levin, harp

$200, Heidi Radtke Siberz, saxophone

The Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance is an annual prize awarded by the composition department to the performers who, through collaboration and performance, made the most significant overall contribution to the presentation of new music by student composers in the Jacobs School of Music during the academic year.

The composition faculty are extremely grateful for the participation of so many wonderful musicians in performances throughout the year. It is truly remarkable to experience the dedication, commitment, and musical abilities of the student performers here at IU.