PARMA Composer Gregory W. Brown Wins BCE Commissioning Competition

Photo Credit: Samuel Masinter

We are pleased to announce that PARMA composer Gregory W. Brown has won the 8th annual Commissioning Competition from the Boston Choral Ensemble. As stated on their site, the competition started in 2007 and “aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble.”

Gregory lives and works in Western Massachusetts. He holds degrees from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music (University of Georgia), Westminster Choir College, and Amherst College, where he studied with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; his Missa Charles Darwin received its European debut in March 2013 at the Dinosaur Hall of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde.

Gregory’s new album, MOONSTRUNG AIR, released on Navona Records in February 2015, features New York Polyphony and The Crossing. Receiving critical acclaim, the works on the album “challenge in a number of very satisfying ways” (Planet Hugill) and “ring like higher-power-bells, those of science, faith and the human voice” (Q2 / WQXR).

MOONSTRUNG AIR is available through AmazoniTunes, and other major retailers. Hear a preview below:

Click here for more information about the Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2015 Commissioning Competition.

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