Iron Composer
September 4, 2015

Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, Ohio


1st Prize, $1,000+
2nd Prize, $350
3rd Prize, $300
4th Prize, $250
5th Prize, $200

* The purse consists of a $500 cash prize and a $500 commission for a new work to be performed by Blue Water Chamber Orchestra on their 2015-2016 season.


Kirsten Broberg is an associate professor of composition at the University of North Texas. Her work has been performed by the Kronos Quartet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and ICE. Her work has been supported by awards from the Fromm Music Foundation and American Composers Forum. Kirsten is also a seasoned entrepreneur, having founded and directed Ensemble Dal Niente (2004–2010) and Ensemble 61. [
Dorothy Hindman is an assistant professor of composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has collaborated with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, bassist Robert Black, the Goliard Ensemble, the Gregg Smith Singers, and the Freon Ensemble. She hosts a weekly radio show on WVUM 90.5 FM, and she recently spoke at a conference in Sicily about the religious implications in spectral music. []
Ryan Keebaugh is an assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University. His music has been performed by the Ethos Collective, Sesquisharp Productions, the Great Noise Ensemble. He has earned residencies and awards from Wildacres Artist Colony, Factory 449 Theatre Collective, ASCAP, and the Virginia Music Educators Association. []
Rica Narimoto is a lecturer at Aichi University of the Arts, Kanazawa University and Kinjo Gakuin University, and a researcher in Nagoya City University School of Design and Architecture. She has won the Kuwabara and the Irino Prize. Her works have been featured at Gaudeamus Music Week, the Alexandrina Contemporary Music Biennale, and at the International Festival of Modern Art’s 2D2N. []
Tawnie Olson has won awards from the SOCAN foundation and the Guelph Chamber Choir/Musica Viva. Her work has been performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Land’s End Ensemble, the Trinity Church Choir in NY, and the Toronto Chamber Choir. Her works have been recorded by various artists, including the Canadian Chamber Choir, bassoonist Rachael Elliott, and oboist Catherine Lee. []


Stephen Hartke is the chair of composition at Oberlin College Conservatory. His prizes include the Rome Prize from the American Academy, two Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission Grants, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Glimmerglass Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Harvard Musical Association. He won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2013. []
The other two judges will be announced closer to the competition.


Finalists Forum
Thursday, September 3, 2015

5:30-7:00 p.m. – Kulas Hall (Room K115), Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

The finalists will discuss their music and careers. This is a great opportunity to meet the composers and learn more about their styles!

Competition and Concert
Friday, September 4, 2015

9 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, Chamber Hall

The instrumentation and the secret musical ingredient are revealed!

8 p.m. – Concert, Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Hall

All five composers have their music performed live in concert and on the radio. Prizes are awarded and the title of Iron Composer is bestowed!


Baldwin Wallace College
96 Front Street
Berea, OH

Free street parking.

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