Thank you to all eligible ASCAP composers who submitted orchestral scores by the July 17th deadline, we had an overwhelming response!
With 32 applicants from 12 different states across the country, the George Duke Commissioning Prize attracted some of this country's finest composers. From university professors to award-winning young composers, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's Music Advisory Board will have a difficult selection process. The winner of the Commissioning Prize will be announced at the SJO's CD release party in mid-September.
The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the 67-piece SJO in 2016/17. The George Duke Commissioning Prize was created to honor the legacy of the trailblazing musician, former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke.
The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra/George Duke Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and the Bart Howard Fund.
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