PSU Music Professor Jonathan Santore Named a 2010 Individual Artist Fellow by the N.H. State Council on the Arts

September 16th, 2009 by Adam

A longtime Plymouth State University music professor and composer has been named a 2010 Individual Artist Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Jonathan Santore, chair of PSU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, received the honor that is awarded annually for artistic excellence and professional commitment, as judged by peers in each artist’s field. Submissions are reviewed anonymously by out-of-state and in-state panelists with expertise in visual arts, crafts, music, theatre, literature, film and media arts. Their recommendations are forwarded to the advisory group of Arts Councilors and the Commissioner of Cultural Resources. The Governor and Executive Council have the final approval.

This prestigious Fellowship is highly-sought, with 90 professional artists vying for six awards. Santore receives $5,000 as a member of the 2009 class of Artist Fellows.

“Dr. Santore is an incredibly talented composer,” said Dr. Julie Bernier, PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are so pleased to see him named as an Artist Fellow. This is a great honor and one that is much deserved.”

Jonathan Santore earned his Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles, his Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University. In addition to his academic duties at PSU, he serves as the Composer in Residence with the New Hampshire Master Chorale. His awards and honors include New Hampshire Composer of the Year from the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association; winner of the American Composers Forum “Welcome Christmas!” Carol Contest; and a “Best of NH 2008” from New Hampshire Magazine to the New Hampshire Master Chorale for his compositions. He has multiple publications through Yelton Rhodes Music, Alliance Music Publications, Gold Branch Music, and American Carillon Music Editions, among others. Santore has been commissioned for compositions by local, national, and international organizations. This is Santore’s first State Arts Council Fellowship.

“My primary goal as a composer is communication – passionate, urgent communication. I was fortunate to come of age in the first post-war generation of composers for whom the question “Tonal or Atonal?” was NOT the most important aesthetic decision they would make – I’m interested in sincere, direct engagement with the music I hear, in whatever style or tonal language, and I hope that performers and audiences find that in my work,” Santore said.

“I’m thrilled to receive this award – this recognition from my peers and the State Council on the Arts is deeply meaningful to me. I’m also grateful to my colleagues and students at Plymouth State, who have encouraged my compositional work throughout my career here,” said Santore.

Santore is the third PSU faculty member to be named an Individual Artist Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in the recent past; English Professor Joseph Monninger achieved the honor in 2006 and Adjunct Faculty and Writer-in-Residence Katherine Min was chosen in 2004.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or

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