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CSUEB music grad wins American Prize for composition

Head shot of Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn, a Cal State East Bay music grad who won first place for composition in the American Prize.

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn '03 (Photo: The American Prize)

  • July 10, 2013 5:00am

Cal State East Bay music alumnus Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn '03, music, finished first in the American Prize competition for Composition, Band/Wind Ensemble.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

From the press release:

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn (Wichita, KS) "FIREWORKS" 

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, was educated on both coasts, including California State University, East Bay, and now finds himself in the middle of the country. His music combines a frenetic rhythmic language, lean textures and lyrical sensitivity. His music has been recorded and performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia by ensembles and organizations including the Kiev Philharmonic, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Alabama Army Band, Composers Inc, Conundrum, The Yale Brass Trio, Scott/Garrison Duo, and Vox Novus. Soloists like Richard Kriehn, Diane Maltester, Craig Hultgren, and Robert Young have also been champions of his music. His works are published by FJH Music, Dorn Publications, Trevco Music, Alry and Boom Crash Music and can be heard on the ERM and Capstone Labels.

Congrats, Aleks!


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