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California Composer Wins OCU's Project 21 Prize
Oklahoma City University’s student composers and instrumentalists will present the winner of the inaugural Project 21 Prize for Music Composition in a free concert Dec. 3. The event, which also will feature world premieres of works written by OCU composers, begins 8 p.m. Friday in the Medium Rehearsal Hall of the Bass Music Center
 
The winning piece, “Eleven,” selected from dozens of submissions from high school composers from around the nation, was written by Dallas Howard of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
 
“It’s a strong, exceptionally mature piece, full of creative power and energy,” said Edward Knight, director of music composition and the Bass School of Music. “Eleven had its premiere earlier this year at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. The work is 11 minutes long, for 11 players. Dallas’ musical motifs are in groups of 11. I believe he only uses 11 pitches and avoids the 12th.”
 
Howard will be featured guest at the Dec. 3 noon Composers’ Forum, held in Room 213 of the Meinders School of Business. He will present a portfolio of his music and talk about his creative process. Audience members are invited to meet the musicians after Friday’s performance.
 
Second prize in the Project 21 Prize for Music Composition was awarded to Dylan Bennett of Norman High School North for “Holhchifo Kiiyo.” His work will be performed on a Project 21 concert in the spring. Receiving Honorable Mention was Myles Yang of Pinecrest (North Carolina) High School for his “North Wind.”
 
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