March 01, 2006

Scott Gendel Wins First Prize in New Lotte Lehmann Song Cycle Competion


ASCAP Vice President and Director of Concert Music Frances Richard and President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation (LLF) Daron Hagen have announced the winners of the first ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition. The competition, named for legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann, was established to encourage and recognize gifted young composers who write for voice. The winning works were selected via a juried national competition from more than 100 entries received from eligible composers under the age of thirty.

The First Prize ($3,500) has been awarded to Scott Gendel, age 28, of Madison, WI. Gendel will receive a commission to write a song cycle for voice and piano, to be published by E.C. Schirmer. The commissioned song cycle will be performed in three major American cities, including New York.

Second Prize ($1,000) was awarded to Mark Buntag, age 29, of Bloomington, IN and Third Prize ($500) was awarded to Michael Djupstrom, age 25, of White Bear Lake, MN. Both Second and Third Prize winners receive commissions to compose an art song for voice and piano. The Damien Top Prize ($500) was awarded to Eli Marshall, age 28, of Montville, ME. The Damien Top Prize is a commission to set a poem by Andr?e Brunin to be premiered at the 2006 Albert Roussel International Festival in France. The jury selected two composers for Honorable Mention: Ola Gjeilo, age 28, of New York, NY; and Jocelyn Hagen, age 25, of Minneapolis, MN.