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ThreeComposersWinning Composers Announced! 

Three winners have been selected in the 6th Ars Nova Singers Colorado Composers Competition: Nathan Hall, Leigha Amick, and Joseph Goodhew.

Nathan Hall  is a doctoral candidate in music composition (DMA) at the University of Colorado. A former Fulbright fellow, he recently studied in Iceland, and his winning composition is a setting of an Icelandic poem by Stein Steinarr entitled Utan Hringsins (Outside the Circle). Mr. Hall’s evocative work includes soprano and baritone soloists and percussion.

Leigha Amick is a sophomore at Boulder High School and an Advanced Placement music theory student. She has studied composition at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and was a winner of the 2013 National Young Composers Challenge, having her winning piece performed by the Orlando Philharmonic. Ms. Amick set a translation of a Rumi text in her work Awake for mixed voices and flute.

Joseph Goodhew is a home-schooled high school senior. As a marimbist he has played with Kutandara Marimba Ensemble and as an organist he has accompanied the choirs of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He was a winner of the 2013 Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composer’s Competition. Mr. Goodhew’s winning piece for the Ars Nova Singers’ competition is a setting of  Ave Maria for a cappella choir.

Eighteen composers (either current residents or composers born in the state of Colorado) entered works for consideration.  The competition guidelines stipulated that works submitted be six minutes or less in duration,  unpublished, and composed for unaccompanied voices or voices with one solo instrument. The submitted works were screened by an initial review panel, and the top works were then read by the ensemble before the final winners were selected. Based on the entries received, the judging panel elected to give two prizes in the student composer category this year.

The winning pieces will be performed by the Ars Nova Singers at our season performances in April, 2014. Additionally, Ms. Amick and Mr. Goodhew will each receive a $300 cash prize in the student composer category and Mr. Hall will receive a $500 cash prize in the professional composer category. All three composers will receive a recording of Ars Nova’s concert performances of their works. Congratulations to all our composers!


Extended Voices: Modern Masterworks

Connect with the future in this fascinating journey into the world of new music, featuring the winning works from our 6th Colorado Composers Competition. The program will also include adventurous music for voices by Samuel Barber, John Tavener, Mason Bates, and more: fresh, innovative and hauntingly beautiful sounds, with astonishing overtones and undertones, connecting with the listener on a  deep, primal, and spiritual level. An Ars Nova experience not to be missed!

Friday, Apr. 25 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Saturday, Apr. 26 - Bethany Lutheran Church, Denver

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Our February, 2014 project was funded in part by a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission, an agency of the Boulder City Council.


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