Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Young Musicians Awarded by GMEA

Photo by GRU
AUGUSTA, GA (Kelly Jasper) – Two young musicians, including a student and recent alum of the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University, were honored in recent composition contests.

William Dukes, a senior music major at GRU, was a winner in the Georgia Music Educators Association Composition Contest in November. His piece, “Saxophone Quartet in F minor,” will be performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah in January.

Dukes, a Warner Robins native, studies composition with Dr. Martin David Jones, Music Director of the GRU Orchestra, and Professor of Piano, Conducting, Composition, and Theory in the Department of Music.

Matthew Reed, a fall 2012 graduate from Martinez was the Georgia winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Composition Competition in October. His piece, “The Eagle Forgotten,” was composed as an undergraduate at GRU and was first performed on campus as part of the university’s “Life of the Mind” series. His composition advances to an MTNA Southern states regional competition in January.

“These are the two highest composition prizes for college composers in the state of Georgia,” Jones said.

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