Distinguished Composer of the Year Award

The recipient of this award is chosen from the entrants in the annual MTNA Commissioned Composer program. Any MTNA state affiliate may commission a composer with financial assistance from MTNA. This work is then submitted for consideration by the Distinguished Composer Committee. Three judges select one composer to be honored, whose composition is then premiered at the MTNA national conference. All compositions are placed in the MTNA Commissioned Works Library.

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Year Composer
Title
State
Honorable Mention
2016
David Gompper

Cycles for Violoncello and Piano Iowa MTA Michael Johanson (Oregon)
David Werfelman  (Wisconsin)
2015
David von Kampen
Under the Silver and Home Again Nebraska MTA Takuma Itoh (Hawaii)
Pierre Jalbert (Texas)
Jerry Owen (Iowa)
Adam Silverman (Pennsylvania)
2014
Christos Tsitaros
Three Preludes for Piano Solo Wisconsin MTA Paul English (Texas)
Richard Pearson Thomas (Montana)
2013
Michael-Thomas Foumai
Flash Fiction Michigan MTA Kris Becker (Texas)
2012
Thomas Osborne
Overheated Hawaii MTA Phillip Parker (Arkansas)
Alejandro Rutty (North Carolina)
2011
M. Shawn Hundley
A New American Ballad Florida State MTA Andrew List (Massachusetts)
Peter Lieuwen (Texas)
2010
Seth Custer
Touch & Go South Carolina MTA Kent Holliday (Virginia)
Christopher Stark (Montana)
2009
Pierre Jalbert
Sonata for Piano Texas MTA Cynthia Folio (Pennsylvania)
Narong Prangcharoen (Missouri)
2008
William Price
Hardboiled Alabama MTA Christopher Biggs (Missouri)
Jonathan McNair (Tennessee)
2007
John McDonald
Stäudlin As Vogl: Preamble To A Winter Journey (alto saxophone and piano) Massachusetts MTA Murray Gross (Michigan)
José Manuel Lezcano (New Hampshire)
2006
David Froom
Lightscapes Maryland State MTA Hu Xiao-ou (Missouri)
John Fitz Rogers (South Carolina)
2005
Michael Djupstrom
Walimai Michigan MTA Mukai Kohei (Missouri)
Christopher Hopkins (Iowa)
James Stephenson III (Florida)
2004
Stefan Freund
Screams and Grooves Missouri MTA Nickitas Demos (Georgia)
Frank Felice (Indiana)
Alexandra Shapiro (California)
2003

Liduino Pitombeira
Brazilian Landscapes Louisiana MTA Thomas Albert (Virginia)
Jorge Martin (Vermont)
Ronald Keith Parks (South Carolina)
 
2002
Timothy Hoekman
To Make a Prairie South Dakota MTA William Dougherty (Iowa)
2001
David Mullikin
Voice of the River Han Colorado MTA Paul Richards (Florida)
Tyler White (Nebraska)
2000
Elisenda Fábregas
Portraits I for Piano Texas MTA  
1999
Laurence Bitensky
Mishb'rey yam (Breakers of the Sea) Kentucky MTA  
1998
Erik Santos
…con Cruces de Fuego (…with Crosses of Fire) Michigan MTA