The purpose of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize is to provide financial support for the creation of new musical works as a part of the mission of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut.
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize is a part of a broader structure promoting innovation, inventiveness and the creative spirit within the 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. It will provide the essence of creativity in the artistic program of the School. Somerset Maugham in his book The Summing Up states, “The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down hill.” This prize provides an environment for artists to create as a natural part of their artistic growth. It provides the unique and unusual opportunity for the liberation of the soul.
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, an international award, offers a substantial recognition including public performances, recordings, and a prize of $25,000. 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.
Three nationally known and respected musicians will be selected as adjudicators for the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. The adjudicators will review the submitted compositions and will select one composition for the $25,000 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. A premier performance of the composition will be given in the Department of Music at the University of Connecticut as a celebration of the artistic spirit. During the premier performance the presentation of the $25,000 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize will be made. A second performance will be given at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford Campus.
This Prize and related activities provide a significant national and international forum for creativity and artistic exploration.