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CCPA professor to compose new piece after winning Fromm Foundation commission from Harvard University

Posted: 11/09/2012

Stacy Garrop, head of music composition and associate professor of composition at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, has been awarded a 2012 Fromm Foundation commission from Harvard University to compose a piece for Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble.

The commission, which carries a cash prize of $10,000, is designed to strengthen composition and bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning fee, a subsidy is available for Fifth House Ensemble.Garrop is one of 12 composers to receive commissions through the Fromm Foundation’s annual composition competition. Since the 1950s, the foundation has commissioned more than 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series.

Fifth House Ensemble is a regular on the Chicago chamber music scene, performing at venues such as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Chicago Cultural Center, St. James Cathedral and the Morse Theatre, and at colleges such as Northwestern University, DePaul University and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Garrop, who earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.M.), the University of Chicago (M.A.) and Indiana University, Bloomington (D.M.), has received numerous awards and grants over her career, some of which include:  the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, San Francisco Song Festival’s Phyllis C. Wattis Prize, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Harvey Gaul Composition Competition and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First Hearing Composition Competition. She has participated in reading session programs given by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra (the Composers Institute) and the Dale Warland Singers.

Garrop is “a very serious talent” ( who has “a flair for vivid orchestration and a taste for grand epic” (Albany Times-Union). Her works have been performed by a plethora of orchestras, ensembles and choirs including the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Lincoln Trio, Grant Park Chorus, Princeton Singers and Volti. Garrop has worked with highly regarded conductors such as Martín Benvenuto, Christopher Bell, Jonathan McPhee, and James Setapen.

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