AWARDS, HONORS, GRANTS, COMMISSIONS, FESTIVALS, CONFERENCES


November, 2008: “Korngoldaroonie" for string trio (violin, viola, cello), a tribute to Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Op. 94). Commissioned by Marzena for the Free Marz String Trio with funding support from the Baby Leroy Memorial Trust. December, 2008


June, 2007: One-week residency as semi-finalist in Opera Vista's first annual Opera Competition. Two performances of "Café Ritardando" (Op 89), a graphically notated "comic book opera" in Houston, Texas. Conducted by Viswa Subbaraman. 


Dec. 2006-Jan. 2007: CD album “Royal Oilworks Music” on classical top-ten chart (making #2 for a week), KZSU, 90.3 FM, Stanford, CA.


June, 2006: One-week residency as Composer Fellow at Summer Institute of pianist Stephen Drury's Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), New England Conservatory, Boston.  Performance of “Deformed Fugue” (Op. 17) and excerpt from “Foul Weather Fiend” (Op. 82). Seminars and private consultation with composer-in-residence Michael Finnisy.

 

May 2005: CD album “24 Postludes” for piano (vol. 1) awarded No. 1 slot on “Alex’s Top Ten” chart, KZSU, 90.3 FM, Stanford, CA.


February 12th, 2005: Theory Presentation: “Creating Harmonic Systems from Chain Circles,” 2005 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of the College Music Society, Linnfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.


February 11th, 2005: Theory Presentation: “Creating Harmonic Systems from Chain Circles,” THEME seminar, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.


June-July, 2004: One-week residency as Composer Fellow at Composers Symposium at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Newport, Oregon. Performance of “Intermezzo” for violin andpiano (Op. 18).  Seminars with Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer-in-residence Bernard Rands.


2003: Katayama Family grant (Kyoto, Japan) for CD recordings of “24 Interludes” (Op. 71) and “24 Postludes” (Op. 72).



July, 2002: 
One-week residency as Composer Fellow at Composers Symposium at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Newport, Oregon.  Performance of “Fantasy in E Minor” for cello and piano (Op. 24). Seminars with Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer-in-residence David Del Tredici.


 2000-2001: “Trio: after Darconville” (in homage to novelist Alexander Theroux) for flute, viola, and cello (Op. 52) commissioned by flautist Tessa Brinckman through a grant received from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, Oregon.


2000: “Andante in F Minor” for piano, four hands (Op. 46) commissioned by pianists Mayumi Shigenaga and Miho Ishida.


October, 1999:  SCI (Society of Composers) Regional Conference, Marylhurst University.  Seventh Species Composers Group invited to participate as guest ensemble.  Performance of “Venge Art Fascicle #3” (Op. 45).


1999: “Septet” for clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, two violins, double bass, and piano (Op. 43) commissioned by the  Oregon Music Teachers Association and the MTNA for the Composer-of-the-Year Award.


1998-99: Lane Arts Council grant for Seventh Species Composers Concert Series, 1998-99 concert season.

 

1997: Chamber novel, Venge Art, nominated as a finalist for Heekin Group Foundation Fiction writing fellowships program.


1996-97: Lane Arts Council grant for Seventh Species Composers Concert Series, 1996-97 concert season.


1995-96: Lane Arts Council grant for Seventh Species Species Composers Concert Series 1995-96 concert season.


1995:  Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Story” of the Fall 1994 issue of Denali (“The Emancipate Metronoid”).


July 16—July 24, 1994: Composer participant on Composers Symposium, Ernest Bloch Festival, Newport, Oregon.  Premiere of “Women Who Cry Apples” for soprano, clarinet, violin & piano (Op. 36) by soprano Deborah Kavash and the New Archive Trio.  Performance by the composer of “Quaalude, Tabloid & Bug” for piano and junk (Op. 29).  Presentation and discussion of “Grande Rag Brillante” (Op. 15).  Seminars with resident composer Beverly Grigsby.


June–July 1994: Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Eugene, Oregon. Presentation and discussion of “String Quartet No. 1” (Op. 12).


May 6th, 1993: Practicing Postmodernisms Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.  Presentation of paper, “Rewriting Music History: A Postmodern View” and computer-driven Disklavier performance of “Grande Rag Brillante” (Op. 15) at School of Music, University of Oregon.


1991: Preparation of a computer-generated performance of “Grande Rag Brillante” for piano (Op. 15) commissioned by KPFA Radio, Berkeley, CA for the purpose of inaugurating its new Yamaha Disklavier grand piano for broadcast on the show, "A Celebration of Non-Commercial Radio," for the grand opening of Pacifica Radio’s new headquarters.


1989: Thelma E. Goldberg grant for performance of “Burlesque” for piano (Op. 1, #20) on Thelma E. Goldberg concert, Paine Hall, Harvard University.


1987: Burlington Willes Foundation grant to make studio recordings of performances of: “Viennese Nightmare Rag” (Op. 4) by pianist Steve Cosgrove, “Humoresque” (Op. 3), “Russell Street Rag” (Op. 5), “Six and a Half Piano Pieces” (Op. 8) by pianist Randall Hodgkinson and “Romance” for viola and piano (Op. 10) by violist Katherine Murdock and pianist Randall Hodgkinson.


1985: Thelma E. Goldberg grant for performance of song "Verborgenheit," (text by Möricke) for medium voice and piano (opus 1, #11) on Thelma E. Goldberg concert at Paine Hall, Harvard University.


1983: Music composed for an educational video released on cable television networks nationwide by the U.C. Berkeley Department of History.


1983: Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

 

1982-1983: Dean’s List, Boston Conservatory.

 

1982: Nominated by Boston Conservatory of Music for inclusion in the 1982 edition of "Who's Who Among Sudents in American Universities and Colleges.”


1970: Third Prize in Art, Mayor's Committee, Berkeley, California Salute to Excellence Award.


Nota Bene: Writing grants and winning competitions has never been my forte, as is evident from the relatively paltry offerings listed above and elsewhere on this website. I have known many composers who are facile at playing this game and thus humbly enlist their advice as to what I should do to ensure that I have more success in this area—GN.