|NATS Announces Winner of the 2012 NATS Art Song Composition Award|
Composer Melissa Dunphy is the winner of the 2012 NATS Art Song Composition Award. Dunphy, a nationally acclaimed award-winning composer, has composed in a wide range of styles and mediums, but specializes in theatrical and political vocal music.
Melissa Dunphy's winning composition, Tesla’s Pigeon, is a song cycle for soprano and piano about the elderly scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla and his relationship with a white dove in New York City. Tesla's Pigeon was premiered by Jessica Lennick and Daniel Paul Lawson, December 3, 2010, at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater's Cabaret Series.
Dunphy will present Tesla's Pigeon in Orlando, FL at the 2012 Art Song Competition Award Announcement & Recital in Saturday, June 30, 2012. It will be performed by Colleen Gray (soprano) and Nanetter Solomon (piano).
There were 13 finalist total for the 2012 Art Song Competition. Second place and honorable mentions went to:
2nd Place Winner:
"The Book of American Poetry, Volume 3” Stacy Garrop
“New Mexico Fragments” Stephen Bachicha
“Seven Songs from Prayers from the Ark” Nancy Rexford
“Unsolicited Advice: Four Rules of Your Pal Ward” Rafael Fusco
“The Mirror Poems” Rebecca Windham
"It's an exciting time to be a NATS member. While other professional associations are cutting back on member services for voice teachers, NATS keeps adding benefits and partnerships for members and students. I'm excited about the new music theater competition, the Orlando conference, and the partnership with Carnegie Hall - The Achievement Program - to mention a few. To borrow Joan Boytim'a phrase, I'm more 'nuts about NATS' than ever!" -Cynthia Vaughn, proud NATS member since 1984