The American Prize competitions are unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States. Honored Artists are individuals who have proven themselves to be musicians of “sustained excellence” over a number of seasons as contestants in the national competitions. In the past three years, Sartor’s compositions have earned prizes in the Chamber Music Composition and Choral Music Composition Divisions, and have also achieved Finalist status five times in the Orchestral, Band/Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music Composition Divisions.
“The American Prize has auditioned many works by these five composers over several seasons,” said Maestro David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize. “Each of the five exhibits a unique voice, a substantial catalog, multiple performances and serious intent. Each deserves every opportunity to be heard. We are delighted to bring added attention to their considerable gifts.”
Sartor is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Trevecca Nazarene University and is Music Director of the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra. His many published compositions are widely performed nationally and internationally and have been recognized with prestigious awards which include the American Bandmasters Association’s Ostwald Prize for Symphonic Wind Ensemble Music, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than three dozen awards from ASCAP, New Music for Young Ensembles, the Delta Omicron Foundation, Meet The Composer Foundation, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2009, Sartor was the recipient of the Delta Omicron Foundation’s Thor Johnson Memorial Commission, and was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron in recognition of his accomplishments as a composer and conductor.