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Call for Scores Results: 2014

 2014: Rich Campbell, “If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free”

runner-up: Mattia Culmone, “Refuge”

We were struck by Rich Campbell’s unconventional approach to Sara Teasdale’s poem, ‘Refuge’. Rich’s setting of the text represents a radical departure from almost all other choral settings of the poem. Campbell eschews an introspective interpretation of the poem (which seems like the natural response to Teasdale’s pensive text), favoring instead a brash, declamatory setting which mirrors the composer’s own contemporary urban environment. The musical language reflects Campbell’s eclectic musical influences, incorporating strains of jazz, musical theater, and balletic composers like Stravinsky in a propulsive union that carries the listener forward to a rousing climax of human affirmation. SACRA/PROFANA is honored to premiere this piece with our high school students on July 19th, 2014, with the composer in attendance.
 

Past Winners:

2009/2010: Joshua Shank, “A Grass-Green Pillow”
runner-up: Joseph Rubinstein, “Break”

2011: Stephen Feigenbaum, “Clair de Lune”
runner-up: Rachel DeVore Fogarty, “I Carry Your Heart”

2012/2013: Jordan Nobles, “Lux Antiqua”
runner-up: Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, “Fire & Ice”

2014: Rich Campbell, “If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free”
runner-up: Mattia Culmone, “Refuge”