August 28, 2013

Jules Pegram Wins 2013-2014 Young Composers’ Competition


Jules Pegram

ASCAP composer Jules Pegram has been named the winner of the 2013-2014 Young Composers’ Competition, it was announced by Symphony in C Music Director Rossen Milanov and Composer-in Residence Daniel Dorff. Pegram’s winning composition, “Neon Nights,” was selected from dozens of submissions.

In a statement, Dorff said: “Rossen Milanov and I are delighted to introduce Jules Pegram's ‘Neon Nights’ to the Symphony in C audience and musicians, as the winner of our 18th annual Young Composers' Competition. ‘Neon Nights’ has all the sparkle and brilliance promised by the work's title, and all the elegance and craft of a composer who has just completed training at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California, and now beginning graduate studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. ‘Neon Nights’ and Jules Pegram will join the ranks of the many successful composers and winning works honored by our Young Composers' Competition as a stepping stone to future acclaim."

Symphony in C’s Young Composers' Competition was created to provide a structured legacy for American Composers under the age of 30. Introduced in 1996 by Symphony in C’s (formerly The Haddonfield Symphony) Music Director Alan Gilbert, the competition provides young composers with the opportunity to have their work premiered and performed by Symphony in C as part of their season concert series. Symphony in C’s Composer-in-Residence Daniel Dorff and current Music Director Rossen Milanov select a winner from over 40 submissions each year. Over the competition’s 18 years, the winning works have ranged from traditional to contemporary. The winner receives a professional recording of the performance and consideration by the Theodore Presser Company for inclusion in its rental library.

Jules Pegram’s winning composition, ‘Neon Nights,’ will open Symphony in C’s 61st season on Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 8:00pm at the Gordon Theater, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. The program begins with the winner of the 18th annual Young Composers’ Competition.

About Jules Pegram
Composer Jules Pegram (b. 1991) is quickly gaining recognition as an important young musical voice. His compositions, which have been described as “wonderfully scored” and “full of skill and love,” are constructed with sophisticated techniques, yet are presented in a highly accessible context. Pegram enjoys writing for a wide variety of ensembles, from orchestras and concert bands to choirs, marching bands, and various chamber groups. For more information, visit