Soprani Compagni selected as semi-finalists in premier music competition

Soprani Compagni, a music ensemble comprised of three Indiana Wesleyan University professors, has been selected as semi-finalists in the professional division of The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the Performance of American Music, 2017-2018.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best-recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States. Among the many contests of the American Prize, The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Dr. Lisa Dawson and Dr. Tammie Huntington, sopranos, with pianist Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim, formed the ensemble Soprani Compagni in 2010 for the express purpose of researching, compiling and performing soprano art song duets, oratorio and opera scenes; modeling soprano collaboration; and commissioning new works for soprano duet. Soprani Compagni had their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in March of 2012. The group has toured around the world, including South Korea, Hong Kong, China and the United States.

“Soprani Compagni is honored and grateful to have been chosen as a semi-finalist,” said Huntington. “Commissioning new American music, particularly duets for two sopranos and piano, is a passion of ours.  We are very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth of American art music through our collaboration with such wonderful composer colleagues, and are eager for more people to hear their amazing pieces through this competition.”

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