Garapan, a work for flute, clarinet, cello and piano by Peiying Yuan has been chosen as the winning composition in Illinois State University’s 2011 RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition. The contest was held as part of the College of Fine Arts’ 40th Anniversary celebration. Yuan will receive a $500 cash prize and her work will be performed during the RED NOTE New Music Festival at Illinois State, held on campus March 14-17.
Yuan, a native of Singapore, is currently a doctoral student at Cornell University as a Sage Fellowship recipient. She holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. She composes in both acoustic and electronic mediums and her music has been heard at numerous conferences and festivals. She is a 2010 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipient, 2010 Missouri and Kansas Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer, First Annual newEar Composers Competition winner, and selected composer for the inaugural Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance Newbie Commission.
Yuan’s winning composition, Garapan, was selected from among 249 contest entries from 20 different countries and from 36 different states and U.S. territories. Remnants, by Joseph Dangerfield, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was named runner-up. Honorable mentions were awarded to Towards the Flame, by Shawn Brogan Allison, Chicago; Eco di un tempo perduto, by Massimo Lauricella, Genoa, Italy; and Fairy Tale, by Moon Young Ha, New York, New York.
Competition entries were judged by a panel of Illinois State University School of Music faculty along with faculty members from the University of California-Davis, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Visit www.cfa.ilstu.edu/rednote for more information on the RED NOTE New Music Festival.