Ricardo Lorenz, associate professor of composition in the MSU College of Music, is the 2008 recipient of the American Bandmasters Association/University of Florida Commission.The award, which was funded by a generous grant from the University of Florida band program, includes a commission honorarium to create a major artistic work for wind band to be premiered in Texas at the ABA Convention in March 2009. This is the second year this award was granted.
The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1928, is a service organization that recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement in the field of concert music for winds. The ABA has long championed new works for winds through programs such as the Ostwald Award for Best Original Band Composition, which was the first composition competition for band music in the United States.
Along with The Ostwald Award, the establishment of this commission confirms the organization’s commitment to the encouragement of prominent composers to write music for the wind band.
“I am very honored to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the American Bandmasters Association/University of Florida Commission, which comes with a generous cash award by the University of Florida in order to create a new work for wind band,” Lorenz said. “I am thrilled that my work caught the attention and imagination of the commissioning committee in charge of this particular award. Since arriving at the MSU College of Music, which boosts one of the top wind band programs in the country, I have become aware of the richly complex, sophisticated, and exciting repertoire that exists for this format.”
Last year’s recipient was Joel Puckett, who has written nationally acclaimed work and also served as guest lecturer at MSU.