Carlos Vincetti Frizzo Named Winner of Choral Composition Contest

Doctoral student in choral conducting Carlos Vincetti Frizzo has been named  winner of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE) Choral Composition Contest for his work Nightscape. Two honorable mentions were also announced for Louis Goldford’s Vanishing Points and Joshua Clampitt’s After a Dream.

“What a serendipitous turn of events that Vini Frizzo is the winner of this year’s Choral Composition Contest,” said Dominick DiOrio, assistant professor of music and conductor of the CVE. “Vini has written a beautiful work that paints an evocative sonic picture of night and its many imaginings. I was very impressed with the idiomatic nature of the writing for the voices and the allusions to other art forms represented in Nightscape.”

The CVE will premiere Nightscape on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 in Auer Hall at 8pm.

Frizzo describes his new composition as “a short, a cappella choral work to a setting of a poem of the same title by Britton Shurley. In his collection of poems titled That Tender Fist, the Heart, Shurley alludes to a poem by Georg Trakl about the sounds one encounters in darkness.”

As a doctoral student majoring in composition and choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Frizzo is also associate conductor for the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and in that role, he will conduct the premiere of his prize-winning work.

The Choral Composition Contest is organized by new choral conducting faculty member, Dominick DiOrio, and is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students studying composition at the Jacobs School of Music.

Composition faculty members Sven-David Sandström and John Gibson, along with DiOrio, served as judges for this year’s competition. The submission of scores was anonymous and the panel did not see names or identifying information until after a final decision was made.

The concert on Feb. 26 will also feature Sofia Gubaidulina’s Sonnengesang, a theatrical cello concerto for twenty-four voices and two percussionists and a work by faculty composer Don Freund for organ and chorus.

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