G. Schirmer & Associated Music Publishers, part of Wise Music Group, has announced that the recipient of the 2020 G. Schirmer Prize for Luna Composition Lab is KiMani Bridges, with Honorable Mention for Olivia Bennett. Composer and flutist Bridges, a senior at duPont Manual Magnet High School/Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, received the prize for The Flower, a 2020 composition for flute, violin, viola, and percussion.
“When I was accepted, I had only been writing for a little over a year,” said Bridges. “The program allowed me to explore what music was to me and how I relate to it. With the masterclasses, working with my mentor Ellen Reid, and talking with the other Luna Lab Fellows, the program as a whole gave me a boost of confidence and has aided me in learning how to trust myself, think realistically, and to believe in my craft. I’m very grateful to be a part of the Luna Lab. When I received the G. Schirmer prize, I was overjoyed! I’m excited to be a part of this program and learn more about the business side of music.”
Olivia Bennett, an award-winning composer and performer from Southwest Missouri, received an honorable mention for her 2020 composition Mass for string quartet
Inaugurated in 2019, the G. Schirmer Prize offers recognition and mentorship for select works by composers participating in Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid’s education program, which is sponsored by the Kaufman Music Center. Now in its fifth season, Luna Lab provides aspiring young female-identifying, non-binary, and gender nonconforming composers (ages 12-18) with a year of one-on-one mentorship, performance opportunities, and high-quality recordings of their work. The G. Schirmer Prize is an annual award with a commitment for the next five years, offering access to publishing industry professionals and a cash prize, as well as educational mentoring and networking opportunities, to one Luna Lab composer each year.