The New Hampshire Music Teachers Association has selected Jonathan Santore of Plymouth as 2006 Composer of the Year. Santore is associate professor of music theory and composition and chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University. He also won the award in 1999.
As Composer of the Year, Santore will write a work for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano to be premiered at the NHMTA conference at Concord Community Music School on October 21. The work will be performed by Eva Nagorka, mezzo-soprano, PSU faculty member Rodger Ellsworth, viola, and PSU Professor Dan Perkins, piano.
Before joining the PSU faculty in 1994, Dr. Santore held teaching positions at Occidental College, California State University Los Angeles, and the University of Minnesota. Santore is Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and holds an A.B. in music from Duke University, an M.M. in composition from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Santore won the 1999 American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas! carol contest and was a finalist in the 2005 NUVOVOX choral awards and the 2003 Wegmans/PMCP Band Composition Contest. He also earned special mention in the 2002 British Trombone Society/Brass in Association Composition Contest and honorable mention in the 2000 Britten-on-the-Bay composition competition.
Santore’s works have been performed by ensembles including Minnesota’s VocalEssence Chorus, the Choir of Rochester Cathedral, England, and the New York University Choral Arts Society, and have been broadcast regionally by Maine Public Radio and Television, and nationally by Public Radio International.
He has conducted performances of his own compositions in the United States and Europe, and his works have been recorded by California’s Octagon New Music Ensemble and published by Walton Music Corporation, Gold Branch Music, Manduca Music Publications, and American Carillon Music Editions. He is also active as a music theorist and conductor.
The object of NHMTA is the advancement of the art of music and the profession of music teaching in the State of New Hampshire. NHMTA is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, an organization of some 25,000 members. All areas of music instruction are represented: piano, organ, voice, strings, winds, brass, percussion, theory, composition, chorus and music education.
Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.