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Jan. 9, 2017

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WTAMU’s Symphony Orchestra Places Third at American Prize Competition


CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra earned third-place for its performance of Libby Larsen’s Four on the Floor in the American Prize competition of the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the Performance of American Music for 2016.

The WTAMU Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Mark Bartley, competed in the college/university division of the annual international competition. The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music makes winning selections based on submitted recordings of orchestras and choruses from across the country. The recorded performances can be from any period in any style, but the work must be by an American composer. The WTAMU Symphony Orchestra’s selected work is a boogie-woogie styled piece with a breakneck theme of fast and fun. The work was commissioned by the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble and premiered in March of 1983.

“We are thrilled to see our students earn such recognition,” Bartley said. “Their hard work and dedication is why the WT Symphony continues to grow in numbers, musicianship and prominence.”

The 65-member orchestra is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students at WTAMU and performs throughout the year in concerts as well as various collaborations with both University and community groups. The orchestra also is well known for its live cinema presentations of classic silent films.

The orchestra’s next performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the WTAMU campus. The group also will perform at the annual Showcase of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.


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