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Rochester, Nashville residents take honors in APSU's Young Composer's Competition

November 26, 2002

A Nashville man received third place in Austin Peay's prestigious 16th annual Young Composer's Competition. Jeff Myers from Rochester, New York claimed first place.

David Hazlett, Nashville, placed in the competition with his “Three Moods,” written for brass quintet.

His works include the recently completed composition “Overture in Brass,” which will be performed in concert this fall, along with his arrangement of “Pie Jesu' from Fauré's “Requiem” with the APSU Wind Ensemble.

Hazlett received a full music scholarship from Austin Peay and was the principal trumpet in the wind ensemble and symphonic band. He has performed with the brass choir, orchestra, jazz band and in brass quintets and was named Music Major of the Year for 2001-02.

Hazlett also achieved recognition when he received the Orpheus Man of Music Award and the national Phi Mu Alpha Scholarship. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society and the Professional Educators of Tennessee. He has held staff positions with the McGavock High School Band and the Father Ryan High School Band, both of Nashville, and is currently student teaching in Metro Nashville Schools.

Hazlett will graduate from APSU this December with a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education.

Jeff Myers, Rochester, NY, claimed first-place in the competition with “Elegy,” written for violin, percussion and piano. He has written for piano, solo strings, winds, mixed ensembles, voice, symphony, orchestra and electronic media. His works for digital media have been broadcast on various radio and Web programs, while his violin concerto, “Metamorphosis,” premiered at the Eastman School of Music last May.

“Metamorphosis II,” for string quartet, should receive its premiere this fall at Eastman, and planning for “Metamorphosis III” has begun.

Myers' current work explores altered quintal harmony, timbre and various processes in new works for such diverse media as early instruments, orchestra and electro-acoustic instruments.

Myers' music has been performed throughout the United States at events such as Sonic Circuits, CSU Summer Arts, Musica Nova, Imagine 2000, Society of Composers conferences and several concerts within the San Francisco Bay area.

He is pursuing a master's degree in composition at the Eastman School of Music. Honors and awards include a BMI Student Composer Award, ACAP Standards Award, Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music Grant, Howard Hanson Prize and various academic honors.

The Young Composer's Competition is sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts to create a greater awareness of young composers. The competition encourages young composers by providing professional level performances and financial reward. Competitors must be under the age of 30.