Nathan Stang (b. 1990), a composer, teacher, and organist currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, has been awarded the eighth bi-annual $5,000 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for his 2013 wind ensemble composition Undertow.
Stang’s 15-minute work will be performed by a prominent ensemble in 2017 and, along with two additional works that were recognized with Special Distinction (Matthew Browne’s Kill Screen and Ryan Lindveit’s Spinning Yarns), it will be circulated to ensembles performing at the national CBDNA conference and during the CBDNA Forum at the Midwest Clinic.
The competition, named for Frederick Fennell, ASCAP member and past President of CBDNA, was established in 2002 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. The jurors for the 2016 competition were: ASCAP composer Paul Desenne; conductor Charles Peltz (The New England Conservatory); and conductor Kraig Williams (Rutgers University).