Composer David P. Sartor has received high honors in both professional composition divisions of the 2012 American Prizes, national awards celebrating American excellence in the arts. His Thy Light is Come for chorus, organ, brass and timpani won third place in the Choral Composition Division, and his Portent and Apotheosis for Symphony Orchestra was named a finalist in the Orchestral Composition 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 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.
Thy Light Is Come is a work for chorus, organ, brass and timpani commissioned and premiered by Peter Fyfe and Christ Episcopal Church in Nashville. It was subsequently featured in the Cathedral Choral Society’s “The Joy of Christmas” Concerts at Washington National Cathedral, under the direction of Dr. J. Reilly Lewis. Portent and Apotheosis was premiered by the Millennium Symphony in Paris, France, with Robert Ian Winstin conducting.
“It’s gratifying to receive double honors in a competition of national scope,” said Sartor. “But it’s even better that this serves to call attention to the fact that classical’ music is not just old music by long-dead Europeans. It’s still being composed by living and breathing composers – some right here in our area.”