2018 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Winner Announced

January 3, 2019

Jules Pegram Wins $5000 Frederick Fennell Prize in Competition for Young Composers of Concert Band Music

NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2019: Cia Toscanini, Vice President of Concert Music of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and Richard Clary, President of CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), today jointly announced the ninth bi-annual ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize winner.

The $5,000 Prize for a wind ensemble work has been awarded to Jules Pegram, age 27, for “Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble.” The award-winning work will be performed by a prominent ensemble in 2019.  

The competition, named for Frederick Fennell, ASCAP member and past President of CBDNA, was established to encourage gifted American composers who create new works for Concert Band. The winning work was selected via a juried national competition, which attracted submissions from eligible composers between the ages of 18 and 30 from across the United States.

Richard Clary said, "CBDNA is proud to partner with ASCAP in the effort to recognize and celebrate young creators and promote excellent repertory for concert bands and wind ensembles.”  Cia Toscanini said, “We honor the remarkable legacy of Frederick Fennell, by continuing to recognize talented young composers like Jules, whose works were selected in his name.”

Jules Pegram (b. 1991) strives to write music elegant in its construction and meticulously well-crafted, full of shimmering colors, boundless energy, and an unbridled lyricism that makes it refreshingly direct. His orchestral music has been performed by the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has been recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony—conducted by the composer—at Warner Bros. Studios and 20th Century Fox Studios.

Recent works include HIGHER GROUND, a sixty-minute opera in one act with a libretto by NC-based writer Jim Whiteside that Pegram composed, conducted, and produced in April 2018. Pegram is a recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award for CRUSH for Eight Cellos. He was selected to attend the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s Conductors/Composers Workshop in Santa Cruz, California.

In 2016, Pegram was selected to participate in both the inaugural Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive and the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, culminating in the conducting and recording of two new cues for orchestra at Warner Brothers Studios’ Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage and at 20th Century Fox Studios’ Newman Scoring Stage, respectively. For his work, Pegram received the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award, presented each summer to an outstanding writer who has participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles.

Other honors include: selection for the Underwood New Music Readings and for both the Indianapolis Symphony’s Marilyn K. Glick and Symphony in C’s Young Composers competitions; the Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award; the University of Southern California’s Discovery Scholars prize; the Sadye J. Moss Endowed Music Composition Prize; Honorable Mention designation in the 2017 Art Song Composition Award competition hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); and awards in the Green Dot Journey and Indiana State University’s Music Now competitions. Pegram has been recognized as an Outstanding Graduate of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music’s Department of Composition.

Aside from composing, Pegram plays piano, conducts, and has served as pianist for the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Contemporary Directions Ensemble. He has served as a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan, where he taught Music Theory and Aural Skills for both the undergraduate classical curriculum and for the Department of Musical Theatre.

Pegram received the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Composition from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfeld, and Bright Sheng. He received the Bachelor of Music in Composition summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Oscar nominee Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen, Erica Muhl, Frank Ticheli, and USC Trojan Marching Band arranger Tony Fox. He has studied conducting with Michael Haithcock, Jerry Blackstone, David Newman, Mark Norman, and Angel Velez, among others, classical piano with Alin Melik-Adamyan, Jeanette Fang, and Louis Nagel, and jazz piano with Ellen Rowe and Yellowjackets keyboardist Russell Ferrante. Pegram resides in Los Angeles.  For more information, please visit www.julespegram.com

In addition, the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell prize jury selected Patrick Lenz’s 7-minute work for wind ensemble “Pillar of Fire” for Special Distinction.  Their scores will be circulated to ensembles performing at the national and regional CBDNA conferences, and during the CBDNA Forum at the Mid-West Clinic.

The jurors for the 2018 competition were: ASCAP composers Kenneth Fuchs and Carman Moore; conductor Richard Clary (Florida State University); and conductor Damon S. Talley (Louisiana State University).


College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) members are devoted to the study, teaching, and performance of music, with a particular focus on music created for the numerous kinds of wind bands found throughout today's musical landscape. www.cbdna.org


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Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2018)

By Jules Pegram

Duration: 16:30


Piccolo, 4 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Contrabass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 3 Bb Trumpets, 4 F Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, 2 Tubas, Solo Eb Alto Saxophone, Timpani, 4 Percussion, Contrabass 


Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2018) was commissioned jointly by the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and the Mt. San Antonio College Wind Ensemble (Dr. Gregory Xavier Whitmore, conductor). The world premiere will be given by the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gregory Xavier Whitmore, with Andrew Harrison, solo alto saxophone, at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California on March 10, 2019. 

In the first movement, the saxophone bolts forward with brilliance and energy. An equally virtuosic ensemble counterpart constantly amps up the tension, making for a lightning-fast musical repartee. 

The second movement demonstrates the lyric capacity and sonic richness of the saxophone. In setting this dark middle movement, I strove to write sweeping lines and lush, film noir-inspired textures. The music here is lonesome and pensive, creating a warm atmosphere of haunting pathos. 

The final movement is a jaunty escapade based on a lyrical, sweet melody. The tune meanders through a series of developments and variations, all the while showing off the saxophone’s extensive range, bright timbral possibilities, and extraordinary agility.