NH composer Jonathan Santore earns national recognition

August 8th, 2013 by Lynn

    BACKGROUND NOTES: Jonathan Santore, whose works often feature texts with ties to New Hampshire, is composer-in-residence with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and chairman of the music, theater and dance department at Plymouth State University.

    PLYMOUTH — Jonathan Santore, composer-in-residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale and chairman of the department of music, theater and dance at Plymouth Stage University, is a recipient of The American Prize in Composition.

    The annual program recognizes top American composers of new works for orchestra, chorus, concert band and chamber ensemble.

    Santore earned honors in the category for professional composers of choral music.

    Santore, whose settings often feature texts with New Hampshire connections, previously received the 2011 Award for Distinguished Scholarship from PSU, where he has taught composition since 1994; a 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and awards from national and other international composition contests.

    Santore’s compositions have been performed and broadcast nationally and internationally, published by firms including Alliance Music, Walton Music and Yelton Rhodes Music, and recorded by artists on Albany and Centaur Records.

    He has served as New Hampshire Master Chorale’s composer in residence since 2004

    “So much of the work I submitted for consideration for The American Prize 2013 was inspired by and written for Dan Perkins and the New Hampshire Master Chorale,” Santore said.

    “I can’t express how important the excellence and dedication of Dan and the chorale have been to my compositional career …”

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    Plymouth composer wins national award

    August 1st, 2013 by Lynn

      Jonathan Santore

      PLYMOUTH — Lakes Region composer Jonathan Santore has been selected as the winner of The American Prize 2013 in Composition in the category for professional composers of choral music.

      Santore was selected from applications reviewed this spring from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings.

      “I am humbled and honored to receive this national recognition for my work,” Santore said.

      Santore is chair of the Department of Music, Theater and Dance at Plymouth State University and composer in residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale.

      He has won honors for his works including the 2011 Award for Distinguished Scholarship from PSU, where he has taught composition since 1994; a 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; and awards from national and international composition contests.

      His compositions have been performed and broadcast nationally and internationally, published by firms including Alliance Music, Walton Music and Yelton Rhodes Music, and recorded by artists on Albany and Centaur Records. His biography was selected for the 2013 edition of “Marquis Who’s Who in America.”

      The American Prize is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts by Chief Judge David Katz and a panel of judges made up of musicians representing virtually every region of the country.

      For more information about Santore and his compositional work, visit www.jonathansantore.com.

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