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Sackler Music Composition Prize

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize offers a $25,000 cash prize, recordings, and  substantial recognition including public performances. The competition will be an biennial event rotating among specific areas of the musical arts. These include: jazz ensemble, choir, opera, wind ensemble, orchestra, children’s choir, chamber ensemble, solo instrument, voice, and electronic music.

The Prize is a part of a broader structure promoting innovation, inventiveness, and the creative spirit within UConn’s School of Fine Arts. It is an extension of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Master Artists Institute and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Artists in Residence Program. It provides the opportunity for cutting-edge creative exploration and productivity.


The Winner of the 2017/2019 Sackler Prize in Music Composition is Douglas Buchanan. His chamber opera will be performed in the Spring of 2019.


The performance took place on March 2, 2017.
David Dzubay, 2015/2017 Sackler Music Composition Prize Winner

Concerto for Violin (Solomiya Ivakhiv), Trumpet (Louis Hanzlik) and Ensemble. Instrumentation for the ensemble  includes flute, oboe, saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone, tuba, viola, cello, string bass, piano and percussion. The work was performed by the University of Connecticut Music Department’s students and faculty. The composition was performed at the UConn Storrs Campus March 2, 2017 in the von der Mehden Recital Hall and recorded at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA on April 14, 2017.

David Dzubay has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, and the Fromm and Barlow foundations, among others. Recent honors include Guggenheim, Bogliasco, MacDowell, Yaddo, Copland House and Djerassi fellowships, a 2011 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2010 Heckscher Prize. His music has been performed by orchestras, ensembles and soloists in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Asia, and is published by Pro Nova Music and recorded on the Sony, Bridge, Centaur, Innova, Naxos, Crystal, Klavier, Gia, and First Edition labels. Currently chair of the Composition Department and Director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Dzubay also spent three years as Composer-Consultant to the Minnesota Orchestra and one as Composer-in-Residence with the Green Bay Symphony. He joined the faculty at the Brevard Music Center in summer 2011.