Music Alum Wins PulitzerJune 23, 2005
When the Pulitzer Prizes were announced in early April, among them was a Baylor University music alumnus. Steve Stucky was awarded the Pulitzer for music for his "Second Concerto for Orchestra," which was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall on March 12, 2004.
"We in the Baylor School of Music are very proud of Dr. Stucky and his long and distinguished record as a composer," said Will May, dean of the School of Music. "The Pulitzer Prize confirms what we already knew, that Steve Stucky is one of America's most distinguished creators of music."
A composition student of the late Richard Willis, composer-in-residence at Baylor, Stucky, BM '71, has been on the faculty of Cornell University since 1980, where he is the Given Foundation Professor of Music.
Stucky's recent works include the percussion concerto "Spirit Voices," premiered by the Singapore Symphony; "Jeu de timbres," premiered by the National Symphony; and "To Whom I Said Farewell," a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group.
He has written commissioned works for many major American orchestras, including those in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He also has composed works for Chanticleer, the Boston Musica Viva, the Camerata Bern, the Raschèr Quartet, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, the Howard Hanson Institute of American Music, Carnegie Hall, the BBC, the Aspen Music Festival, recorder soloist Michala Petri, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, baritone Sanford Sylvan and guitarist Manuel Barrueco.