|CARLYLE SHARPE WINS
AGO/ECS PUBLISHING AWARD
IN CHORAL COMPOSITION
NEW YORK CITY The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) is pleased to announce that CARLYLE SHARPE, a resident of Springfield, Mo., has won the 2000-02 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition. His winning composition, Laudate Nomen, will be performed at the biennial AGO national convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 26, 2002. The work is scored for SATB chorus and organ.
CARLYLE SHARPE is assistant professor of music in theory and composition at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. He holds the Bachelor of Music summa cum laude and Master of Music degrees in composition from Rice Universitys Shepherd School of Music. He was a full-time member of the music faculty at Boston University after earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from Boston Universitys School for the Arts. Dr. Sharpes works have attracted numerous performances and prizes including those from the American Guild of Organists, ECS Publishing, and the Holtkamp Organ Company. Various commissions include those from the Omaha Symphony, the ALEA III Contemporary Ensemble in Boston, and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. His works have been performed in Canada, Korea, Australia, and Brazil and throughout the United States at such events as the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals. His music is currently recorded on the Pro Organo label, and he is published by ECS Publishing, Hinshaw Music Inc., and Colla Voce Music Inc.
The AGO/ECS PUBLISHING AWARD IN CHORAL COMPOSITION is a unique collaboration between two organizations dedicated to promoting and enriching the repertoire of organ and choral music: The AGO, a not-for-profit national organization dedicated to the advancement of the organ and choral music professions, and ECS Publishing Corporation, a member of the professional music publishing business community. Established in 1985 and held biennially, the competition for the AGO/ECS Award is open to all. Works submitted to the competition must be unpublished, and composed for SATB chorus and organ, with the organ playing a distinctive and significant role. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize provided by ECS Publishing Corporation, publication of the winning composition by ECS Publishing Corporation, and a performance at an AGO national convention. The judges for the 20002002 competition were David Gompper, Marilyn Biery, and Curtis Curtis-Smith.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the AGO seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members. The Guild currently serves more than 20,000 members in 343 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications at the National Headquarters of the American Guild of Organists and THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman by TEL (212) 870-2310, FAX (212) 870-2163 or E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.