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Judith Lang Zaimont’s New Fellowship Award and Winds Commission

American composer Judith Lang Zaimont has been awarded a 2005 Bush Artist Fellowship in Composition and the 2005-6 Kaplan Foundation Commission for a new work for college-level Wind Ensemble.

The $44,000 Bush Artist Fellowship was one of four in the field of Music Composition awarded from among fifteen total 2005 fellowships, drawn from more than 500 applicants in various arts. Bush Foundation Artist Fellowships support artists of demonstrated ability, 25 years or older who may be at any stage of career development; among the qualities the program seeks in an artist are “strong vision, creative energy and perseverance.” Two tiers of panels comprised of nationally known artists and curators selected the fellowship recipients. The program provides financial support to artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota for a period of 12 to 24 months. The Archibald Bush Foundation provides financial support to artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. For more information see http://www.bushfoundation.org.

Judith Zaimont has been awarded a commissioning grant by the Helen and Sam Kaplan Charitable Foundation to compose a piece for college wind ensemble on Jewish themes. This is a competitive, biennial awarded commission. The new work, due for the 2006-2007 season, is being written for the Saint Mary's University Music Department of Winona, Minnesota. Past commissioned composers include Steve Barnett (2000), Lee Kesselman (2002), and Philip Rothman (2004). This piece will be written in cooperation with the SMU Concert Band and their director, Dr. Janet Heukeshoven. More about the SMU Music Department at www2.smumn.edu/Music.

In other news...

Ms. Zaimont has been signed by MMB Publishing of St. Louis as the primary publisher of her major works for orchestra and also several of her best-known chamber compositions. Works now in the MMB catalog include Monarchs: Movement for Orchestra (1988), Symphony No. 1 (1994), Elegy for Symphonic Strings (1998), Remember Me: Symphony No. 2 for Symphonic Strings (2000) and Stillness - Tone Poem for Orchestra (2005). MMB will also now issue Zaimont’s two Piano Trios ‘Russian Summer’ and ZONES -- and Hidden Heritage A Dance Symphony for five players. Other composers published by MMB include Claude Baker, Lalo Schifrin, Arnold Rosner, Don Freund, Stephen Hartke, George Walker, Judith Shatin, Bruce Adolphe, and Cindy McTee. More about MMB Music at http://www.mmbmusic.com.

Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her distinctive style, characterized by its expressive strength and dynamism. Recent commissions include works for the International San Antonio Piano Competition, for chamber wind quartet (Aaron Copland Award), and as Commissioned Composer of the California Music Teachers Association. Her music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been recorded for the Naxos, Koch International Classics, Arabesque, Albany, Jeanne, Leonarda, Northeastern, and 4Tay labels.

Ms. Zaimont was awarded First Prize in the international 1995 McCollin Competition for Composers (for “Symphony No. 1”, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1996). Her biography is found in most standard reference works (e.g., New Grove’s), and she is the subject both of individual chapters in specialist volumes and major articles in professional journals. Her music appears on two Best of the 20th Century lists (Chamber Music America; Piano & Keyboard Magazine).



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