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Project 21 Composer Wins International Competition
An Oklahoma City University student composer has won an international music competition for new marimba works. The prize includes a world premiere of her two-movement piece, “The Game With the Rain,” and a commercial recording. ?Maria Karpova of Russia, a first-year master’s student of Dr. Edward Knight, took the top prize with her eight-minute composition. Second prize went to Amy Preece of the United Kingdom; third to Victoria Poleva of Ukraine.?? Karpova’s work was premiered April 21 at Smith Recital Hall in Urbana, Illinois, and recorded in May by marimba player Jane Boxall. Karpova is a member of Project 21, Oklahoma City University’s consortium of composers and other musicians committed to music of the 21st century. Over the past decade, Project 21 has premiered more than 500 pieces on the OCU campus. Since 1998, Bass School composers have achieved a 100 percent success rate in winning admission to graduate schools. Alumni have been accepted to the composition programs at Juilliard, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, New York University's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at Tisch School for the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory, Cal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Arizona, Bowling Green State University, University of Louisville, the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Florida State University, University of Oklahoma, and London’s Royal College of Music.