Composition Awards & Accomplishments

Senior BA-Music (Liberal Arts) major Jon Ginder has been accepted to the graduate program in music composition at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Bowling Green has one of the most prestigious new music programs in the nation.

An original musical composition by Nicholas Maluf, senior music composition major, was selected for performance on the 2014 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Composers Recital hosted by the University of Missouri- Columbia. Nicholas’ composition, entitled Showdown for saxophone quartet, was performed on Saturday, March 1, 7 PM in the Whitmore Recital Hall on the University of Missouri campus. The work was performed by musicians of the University of Missouri. Showdown was one of six pieces selected from a statewide call for submissions from Missouri composers who are connected to a chapter of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

An original composition by Truman State student composer Andrew William Steinbeck was selected for performance at the national Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, which took place at Houghton College in New York. Andrew’s composition, entitled Se Dice en el Campo, was performed on October 25 by Truman student musicians Benjamin Forrester (tenor), Andrew Steinbeck (bassoon) and Michael Marmorstein (piano). Selection of this piece for performance is significant, as the CFAMC selection committee reviewed music submitted primarily by established professional composers.

Chloe Bertschi, graduate music theory student, has been accepted to give a 30-minute presentation on her paper “The Three Personnages of Messiaen’s Instants Défunts” at this year’s MACRO conference, a national conference that will take place from June 27-28 in Madison, Wisconsin.  MACRO, the Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization, is an organization whose primary goal is to promote musical understanding through a practical synthesis of analysis, pedagogy, performance, composition, and informed listening.

Senior Jon Ginder was awarded First Prize in the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition. His winning composition, entitled Large Angry Chickens, was performed at the 2013 MTNA National Conference at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California in March of 2013 by the Truman State Clarinet Ensemble, under the direction of Luis Viquez.

An original musical composition by Carter Datz, sophomore music composition major, received recognition from the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The composition, entitled Synecycle for organ and percussion, will be premiered later this spring at a Seattle AGO recital. The Seattle AGO “Organ rEvolution Competition” was open to composers of all ages and levels of expertise. Carter received a $750 second prize award for his entry.

Alumnus Austin Church (BA in Composition, 2012) received First Prize in the 2014 Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. His winning  composition was performed on an SISO concert April 8 in Carbondale, Illinois.

There are a lot of people who study multiple academic disciplines at Truman. Even in our select music ensembles, there are plenty of people who aren’t music majors. I think that’s awesome.

Traix H., Music Major