Forrest Pierce, Kansas University assistant professor of music composition, recently won first place in a music commissioning competition with the Boston Choral Ensemble.
The Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition recognizes an accomplished composer and supports the artist in the creation of a new work for a cappella chamber choir to be premiered by BCE in the Spring of 2009.
Pierce was chosen from nearly 50 applicants from around the world. The title of his proposed work is “The Jasmine Arrow Sutra.” This piece will set excerpts from the Dhammapada, also known as “Sayings of the Buddha,” in both the original Pali and in English translation.
The premiere of Pierce’s new work will be performed June 5 and June 7, 2009, as part of the BCE’s final concert of the 2008–2009 season. The winning work will be rehearsed, prepared and integrated into the program. Pierce also received a cash prize of $1,300.