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OCU Composer Wins Paderewski Prize, European Premiere
Tim Holt, a senior composition major at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, has won the inaugural international Paderewski Prize for Music Composition. His three-movement percussion sextet will be premiered in Poland on March 15 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music. With the prize, Holt wins an all-expense paid trip to Europe for rehearsals and the premiere of his work. Travel expenses are underwritten by Oklahoma City University; food and lodging while in Poland will be provided by the Paderewski Academy. Student composer Ewa Fabianska of the Paderewski Academy won the Polish competition. She will travel to Oklahoma for the rehearsal and premiere of her work, “Three Polish Dances for Three Marimbas,” at the April 16 season-finale Project 21 new music concert at the Bass Music Center. In 2008, the Bass School signed a partnership with Poland’s I.J. Padereweski Music Academy to begin a cultural exchange with faculty and performers. The agreement is the third international partnership for the Bass School, which also collaborates with the Tianjin Conservatory in China and the Hed School of the Israeli College of Contemporary Music. “This new partnership offers exciting possibilities in Europe, and adds to our strong ties in Israel and China,” said Mark Parker, dean and Ann Hundley Hoover Chair of the Bass School of Music. “Discussions have taken place ?to connect these institutions not just to OCU but to make this a true network connecting all these schools.” Under Parker's leadership, the Bass School of Music has doubled in size, became an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School, and an Apple Digital Campus. Since its opening in 2006, the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world. ?