I received a call from ASCAP on January 8th to tell me I had received an Award of Special Distinction in this year's Rudolph Nissim Foundation Competition for Tides, a 20 minute setting of Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach, for contralto, antiphonal brass, organ and orchestra.
The Nissim Competition is held yearly, open to works requiring a conductor by writer members of ASCAP. This year there were over 250 entries, with one cash prize and 2 special awards.
Tides was commissioned by the University of Florida as the key work of their 50th President's Festival celebration. It was conducted by Dr. Raymond Chobaz, a very close and dear friend who has conducted a number of my works including Elegy (for Vladimir Ussachevsky) for viola solo and string orchestra, Symphony No. 4, Overture to the French Lieutenant's Woman, the Shape of Fire, and a number of chamber works.
I will be posting some samples from the work later this week.