The Spectrum Chamber Music Composition Award

One of the goals of Spectrum Chamber Music Society is to champion new music written by living composers. Spectrum Chamber Music Society is excited to announce its third annual call for new compositions.

The 2024 contest – Piano Trio

      • Two different instruments plus piano.
      • The instruments other than piano should be drawn from the following list
          • flute, oboe, English horn, B-flat clarinet or E-flat clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, keyboard percussion (one player).

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Previous Winners

     Yoni Fogelman—A Selection of Pets
     Richard Percival—The Art Deco Suite

 A Selection of Pets by Yoni Fogelman, a Los Angeles-based composer studying at UCLA.

Of his winning composition, Fogelman writes, “I am an avid admirer of the woodwind family, and I knew before composing a single note of this wind quintet that the music had to feature each of the instruments soloistically. . . . each instrument is paired up with an animal that shares a similar sounding name. For example, the first movement features the horn, which I have cast to evoke a heron. He continues, “This wordplay was a great opportunity to have fun with the music while emphasizing the vast emotional capabilities of this ensemble, thanks in part to the wonderful distinctiveness of each instrument.

20-year-old Fogelman has studied piano and voice for the past six years, working with many expert choir directors, composers, arrangers, musicians, and choreographers in the Los Angeles area. His music is gaining attention and is performed widely as he continues to win awards, commissions, and fellowships. Fogelman studies composition at UCLA with composer Richard Danielpour.

The jury was unanimous in its decision to award Fogelman first prize, praising his composition’s idiomatic writing for the wind instruments, with much for the performers as well as the audience to enjoy.

Honorable Mention in the competition has been awarded to Australian composer Richard Percival for his work The Art Deco Suite, a delightful collection of popular pieces masterfully composed for wind quintet.

The Jury for the Spectrum Chamber Music Composition Award is comprised of two TCU faculty composers, Martin Blessinger and Till Meyn, and two musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ivan Petruzziello, and Cara Owens.

The winning composition by Fogelman will be performed by a wind quintet comprised of FWSO musicians on Spectrum’s spring concert at All Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist (formerly First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church), Monday, April 17th at 7:30 pm, along with the music of John Williams and more.

     Kian Ravaei—Family Photos
     Jeremy Beck—String Quartet no. 6
     Paul Frucht—Rhapsody