Composer Jules Pegram has been awarded the bi-annual $5,000 Frederick Fennell Prize by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association). Pegram, 27, won for his Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble, chosen via a juried national competition for American composers between the ages of 18 and 30. Pegram’s recent works include the 2018 one-act opera Higher Ground (with librettist Jim Whiteside) and Crush for Eight Cellos. In 2016 he participated in both the inaugural Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive and the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, culminating in the conducting and recording of two new cues for orchestra at Warner Brothers Studios’ Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage and at 20th Century Fox Studios’ Newman Scoring Stage, respectively. His orchestral music has been performed by the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others. Pegram holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from the University of Southern California, and a master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from the University of Michigan.
Posted January 10, 2019