A Kansas University music faculty member has won a cash prize that carries with it a significant composition opportunity.
Forrest Pierce, associate professor of music composition, won the $12,000 Barlow Prize awarded by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, KU announced last week. As the winner, he received the opportunity to compose a major new work for a cappella choir. His new composition will premiere in 2014 in a performance by a consortium of three choirs: the BBC singers of London, the Latvian Radio Choir of Latvia and Volti of San Francisco.
Pierce was among 266 international applicants for the prize.
Pierce has composed more than 50 works for voice, including more than 25 for chorus, in the past decade, according to KU’s announcement. His choral music has earned first prize in the Boston Choral Ensemble and Boston Chamber Singers international competitions. He has performed in concert settings and in noteworthy concert series around the world.