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OCU Graduate Composer Wins ISB Grand Prize
A chamber work by an Oklahoma City University graduate composer was named grand prize winner of the biennial International Society of Bassists’ David Walter Composition Competition. “Chamber Music,” by OCU graduate composer Katarzyna Brochocka, was spotlighted at the 2009 ISB conference, hosted by Penn State University. The June 9 concert in Esber Recital Hall was performed by her husband, double bassist Karol Kowal, also a graduate student at OCU’s Bass School of Music. Brochocka, a graduate of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, studies composition at the Bass School with Dr. Edward Knight. She is a member of Project 21, OCU’s new music coalition. “Chamber Music” was premiered by Kowal and the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra in February as part of the 2009 Society of Composers, Inc., regional conference. In March at OCU, Brochocka also premiered a chamber opera, “Happy Garden of Life,” based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Her winning ISB composition was chosen from more than 50 entries from around the world. . Honorable mention in the chamber division went to "Prelude and Fugazza" by Andres Martin of Argentina, double bass professor at the Orchestra of Baja California Conservatory. Jurors were Robert Black, chair, associate professor of double bass at the Hartt School of Music; Owen Lee, principal bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and Yann Dubost, member of the Orchestre de Paris.