We’ve received word that Utah Chamber Artists has been awarded Chorus America’s prestigious Dale Warland Singers Commission Award. The ensemble receives a $5,000.00 cash prize – offered by the American Composer’s Forum – which will go directly to British composer Tarik O’Regan. O’Regan, will compose a 10 minute work for choir and strings to be premiered during Utah Chamber Artists’ Spring Concert on Monday April 30, 2012.
The award will be presented formally during the Awards Banquet on June 10th at the 34th annual Chorus America conferences in San Francisco. Artistic Director Barlow Bradford and others from the Utah Chamber Artists will be in attendance to accept the prize. This award was established in 2008 to honor the life-long commitment of Dale Warland to new music and is made possible by the Dale Warland Singers Fund for New Choral Music, a permanently restricted endowment fund established in 2004 to honor Dale and the Singers. The award was created to recognize a chorus entering into an artistically meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership with a composer of their choice to contribute a new work to the choral repertoire. Former winners are Chanticleer, Conspirare, and Anima.
Speaking of Prizes . . . Jurors this week are finishing their score sheets for the first Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting. The winner will receive a $15,000 prize and a solo exhibition at the Salt Lake Art Center this fall. We’ll be announcing the winner as soon as we know.