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IU Jacobs School of Music student receives Fromm Music Foundation Commission


Nov. 29, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeremy Podgursky, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow and associate instructor in music composition, has been awarded a 2011 Fromm Music Foundation Commission in the amount of $10,000.

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Jeremy Podgursky
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Podgursky's accepted proposal is to write a piece for New York City's Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, a quintet that has performed and premiered his music for several years. Lost Dog, the resident chamber ensemble of the Astoria Music Society, will receive funding from Fromm for expenses associated with the premiere and recording of the piece.

Each year, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University receives numerous applications, awarding only a few commissions to composers and the ensembles with which they co-apply.

"Needless to say, I am quite honored to receive a Fromm Commission," said Podgursky. "This award would not have been possible without the support provided by the faculty and resources available at IU. Students in the composition program have access to unparalleled resources and incredible instruction.

"I was in Professor Claude Baker's studio when I composed the piece I submitted, and he was constantly encouraging me to experiment and trust my musical instincts. His guidance obviously paid off, and I cannot thank him and the rest of the faculty enough for doing what they do so well."

About Jeremy Podgursky

A native of Louisville, Ky., Podgursky's music has been featured in venues and festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan. His has received performances, premieres and readings by professional groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, NewEar New Music Ensemble, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Arsenal Trio, Juventas! New Music and North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra. Recent awards and honors include the 2007 National SCI/ASCAP Commissioning Award, 2009 Northridge Prize for orchestra, participating in the 2009 American Composers Orchestra/Earshot readings and the inaugural Mizzou New Music Festival 2010 and honorable mention in the national Finale/American Composers Forum/eighth blackbird composition contest.

Podgursky received a B.M. in composition and piano, and an M.M. in composition from the University of Louisville, where he studied composition with Steve Rouse and Marc Satterwhite, and piano with Brenda Kee. After obtaining his M.M., he taught theory and composition at the university and initiated high school composition programs in the Louisville area.

Currently in the second year with Claude Baker's composition studio, Podgursky has previously studied with Don Freund, John Gibson and Alicyn Warren. As an associate instructor, his teaching duties include Instrumentation, Counterpoint, Notation/Calligraphy and private composition lessons for non-majors.