For the second consecutive year, compositions by David P. Sartor have received high honors in two Professional Composition Divisions of the 2013 American Prizes, national awards celebrating American excellence in the arts. His Polygon for Brass Quintet was awarded Third Place in the Chamber Music Division, and his Synergistic Parable was named as a Finalist in the Band/Wind Ensemble Division.
Sartor is a Wilson County-based concert music composer and conductor, and is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. 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 two 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 writing about Polygon, the judges praised the work’s “skill and motivic rigor in its thematic treatment, with idiomatic parts, varied textures, and gleaming brass sonorities.”
Both Polygon and Synergistic Parable have been previously honored with other awards as well – Polygon with the National Fine Arts Award, and Synergistic Parable with the American Bandmasters Association’s Ostwald Award.
“It’s so gratifying to be honored in this manner in a competition of national scope,” said Sartor. “This is a wonderful opportunity to call attention to the fact that today’s concert music composers do not all live in New York or on the West Coast. Wherever performing ensembles may be located across the nation, there are probably excellent composers in their back yards.”