Composer Daniel Elder won second place nationally in The American Prize competition, 2014, in the professional choral division, for his work entitled “Three Themes of Life and Love.” Elder was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States.
The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Complete information is available here.
As a writer of choral, vocal, and instrumental music, Daniel Elder (b. 1986) ties these genres together to create forms and aesthetics that are at once lyrical and textural, with impressionistic leanings. Critics have hailed his works as “deeply affecting,” with emotional evocations ranging from lush lyricism to jagged polyphony. Domestically, Elder’s compositions have been extensively performed by high school All-State and regional honors choirs as well as renowned college ensembles at both regional and national conferences.
Internationally, he has been performed at festivals in Italy, Spain, and a recent recording in London by the Grammy Award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers. The first major recording of Daniel’s choral works, “The Heart’s Reflection – Music of Daniel Elder” was released in October 2013 by the renowned Westminster Choir and Naxos of America. Daniel is currently published by GIA Publications, Inc. and Imagine Music.
Among judges’ comments: “His compositions represent some of the finest examples of the current generation of American choral composers.”
Finalists for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on their recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners and runners-up are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to winners’ websites.