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Center for Creative Arts announces contest winners

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University has announced the winners of the 20th annual Young Composer's Competition, a national contest held recently.

First place was awarded to Jonathan Kolm, Austin, Texas, for "A Dream Within a Dream," written for soprano, violoncello and piano. Kolm earned his master's degree in composition from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is studying for a D.M.A. in composition at the University of Texas at Austin and is active in the Austin community as a pianist.

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University has announced the winners of the 20th annual Young Composer's Competition, a national contest held recently.

First place was awarded to Jonathan Kolm, Austin, Texas, for "A Dream Within a Dream," written for soprano, violoncello and piano. Kolm earned his master's degree in composition from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is studying for a D.M.A. in composition at the University of Texas at Austin and is active in the Austin community as a pianist.
The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University has announced the winners of the 20th annual Young Composer's Competition, a national contest held recently.

First place was awarded to Jonathan Kolm, Austin, Texas, for “A Dream Within a Dream,” written for soprano, violoncello and piano. Kolm earned his master's degree in composition from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is studying for a D.M.A. in composition at the University of Texas at Austin and is active in the Austin community as a pianist.

Steve Danyew, Sandy Hook, Conn., earned second place for his “Lhotse” for alto and tenor saxophones. Danyew received his bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from the University of Miami and has served as a fellow at the 2006 Composers Conference in Wellesley, Mass.

Third prize was awarded to Daniel Wohl, New York City, for his work, “A Double Life,” composed for clarinet and piano. Wohl, born in Paris, France, learned to play piano at a young age. He moved to the U.S. at age 18 to attend college and began studying composition. He is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Michigan.

The Austin Peay State University Young Composers Competition, which began in 1987 and became a national contest in 1993, encourages young music composers by providing professional-level performances of their music as well as financial incentive and support.

The APSU Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts have awarded prizes to composers from prestigious musical institutions such as Peabody Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, Yale University, the Cleveland Institute, New York University and the Eastman School of Music. Composers winning ?rst place traditionally are invited to the APSU campus to perform their music. They also interact with both undergraduate and graduate students in composition and theory, speaking to classes and meeting with composition students.

For more information about the Young Composers Competition, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music composition, theory and keyboard, by telephone at (931) 221-7819 or by e-mail at woodj@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer