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2007-2008 VCU Jazz Composition Competition

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2006-2007 VCU Jazz Composition Competition

FIRST PRIZE: Cody Fry

Cody Fry bio

Cody Fry quotes

JANUARY 21, 2007

VCU JAZZ ORCHESTRA I CONCERT FEATURES WINNER OF THE VCU JAZZ COMPOSITION COMPETITION

Cody Fry of Winnetka, Illinois is the winner of the third annual Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Composition Competition for his composition "Santa Monica." The national competition seeks large jazz ensemble works by high school students. He receives a cash award, a future VCU Jazz scholarship, a VCU Jazz Orchestra I February 15 concert performance of his work (which he will attend), and prizes from some of the many sponsors: Down Beat magazine, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Kendor Music, Kjos Music, Alfred Music, and the VCU Jazz Students Fund, plus VCU faculty assistance towards future publication of the music. All applicants also received detailed, constructive advice from the jurors regarding composing lines and voicings, establishing pacing and overall effect, and—though not a factor in judging the works—advice regarding the notation of the score and parts.

The Composition Competition's initial round was adjudicated by visual music-score review, followed by the live reading by the VCU Jazz Orchestra I. Jurors for the competition were Antonio Garcia (VCU Director of Jazz Studies) and Doug Richards (VCU Professor of Music). VCU is especially grateful for the continuing support of Richmond resident Bill Foster in the third year of this event.


Cody Fry (left) and Antonio Garcia (fight) celebrate Fry's 2006-07 win.

 
2005-2006 VCU Jazz Composition Competition

FIRST PRIZE: HaeJin Om

HaeJin Om bio

HaeJin Om quotes

   

FEBRUARY 1, 2006

VCU JAZZ ORCHESTRA I CONCERT FEATURES WINNER OF THE VCU JAZZ COMPOSITION COMPETITION

HaeJin Om of Chantilly, Virginia is the winner of the second annual Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Composition Competition for her composition "Train Ride." The national competition seeks large jazz ensemble works by high school students. She receives a cash award, a future VCU Jazz scholarship, a VCU Jazz Orchestra I February 16 concert performance of her work (which she will attend), and prizes from some of the many sponsors: Down Beat magazine, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Kendor Music, Kjos Music, Alfred Music, and the VCU Jazz Students Fund, plus VCU faculty assistance towards future publication of the music. All applicants also received detailed, constructive advice from the jurors regarding composing lines and voicings, establishing pacing and overall effect, and—though not a factor in judging the works—advice regarding the notation of the score and parts.

The Composition Competition's initial round was adjudicated by visual music-score review, followed by the live reading by the VCU Jazz Orchestra I. Jurors for the competition were Antonio Garcia (VCU Director of Jazz Studies) and Doug Richards (VCU Professor of Music). VCU is especially grateful for the continuing support of Richmond resident Bill Foster in the second year of this event.

HaeJin Om receives award

"Antonio Garcia (left) and Doug Richards (right) present awards to 2005-06 winner HaeJin Om."

 

2004-2005 VCU Jazz Composition Competition

Alex Brown

FIRST PRIZE: Alex Brown

Alex Brown bio

Alex Brown quotes

 

SECOND PRIZE: R.W. Enoch

R.W. Enoch bio

R.W. Enoch quotes

Robert Enoch
   

FEBRUARY 17, 2005
VCU JAZZ ORCHESTRA I CONCERT FEATURES WINNERS OF THE VCU JAZZ COMPOSITION COMPETITION

Brown

When VCU's Jazz Orchestra I kicked off its February concert, it saluted not only acclaimed artists but new talents. The program included music by Benny Carter, Sammy Nestico, Thelonious Monk, Quincy Jones, Antonio Garcia, and a new work by VCU student Alan Parker-plus two compositions by high school students recognized by VCU Jazz that night.

Alex Brown of Columbia, Maryland was the winner of the first VCU Jazz Composition Competition for his composition "WL Guidance Department." Runner-up was R.W. Enoch of Richmond, Virginia for his composition "Baxter Ave." The competition seeks large jazz ensemble works by high school students. Brown and Enoch receive a cash award, a future Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz scholarship, the VCU Jazz Orchestra I February 17 concert performance (on which both also performed), and prizes from some of the many sponsors: Down Beat magazine, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Kendor Music, Kjos Music, Warner Brothers, and the VCU Jazz Students Fund, plus VCU faculty assistance towards future publication of the music. All applicants also received detailed, constructive advice from the jurors regarding composing lines and voicings, establishing pacing and overall effect, and-though not a factor in judging the works-advice regarding the notation of the score and parts.

The competition's initial round was adjudicated by visual music-score review, followed by the live reading by the VCU Jazz Orchestra I of a number of finalists' music. Jurors for the competition were Antonio Garcia (VCU Director of Jazz Studies) and Doug Richards (VCU Professor of Music and our outstanding Jazz Arranging instructor). VCU is especially grateful for the support of Richmond resident Bill Foster in the debut year of this event.
At this writing, the scores of both composers are under review by Belwin Jazz, a division of Alfred Music (now owner of Warner Brothers Publishing).

 

Doug Richards, Alex Brown, R.W. Enoch, and Antonio Garcia onstage for the presentation to the 2004-05 winners.
Doug Richards, Alex Brown, R.W. Enoch, and Antonio Garcia
onstage for the presentation to the 2004-05 winners.

 

 

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