James Stephenson’s Symphony No. 2 “Voices,” which received its premiere performance by the United States Marine Band (a.k.a. “The President’s Own”) under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig during the 2016 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, has been awarded the National Band Association’s 2017 William D. Revelli Award. The Revelli Composition Contest, which has awarded prizes since 1977 and is sponsored by KHS America, recognizes “outstanding compositions that help further the cause of quality literature for bands in America.” Previous recipients of the award, which is open to composers based anywhere in the world, include Steven Bryant, Michael Colgrass, David Gillingham, Donald Grantham, Jeffrey Haas, John Mackey, Michael Schelle, and British composer Philip Sparke.
As stated on the website for the National Band Association,
It is the desire of the National Band Association that the winning compositions from this contest reflect its mission in helping further the cause of quality literature for bands in America. Additionally, works chosen as winners should be those not only of significant structural, analytical, and technical quality, but also of such nature that will allow bands to program them as part of their standard repertoire.
The contest annually receives “approximately 50-80 entries from all over the world” which “range in scope and quality and are from new to well established veteran composers. During the evaluation process, entries are narrowed down to a select number of finalists, which are brought to Chicago each December during the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. There, a panel of leading public school, university, and military band directors meets to determine a winner. It is the policy of this committee to announce the winner only. No runners up are announced.”
To read more about James Stephenson as well as a series of article he wrote for NewMusicBox last year, click here.