Baylor Alumnus Wins Pulitzer Prize In Music

April 5, 2005
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by Julie Campbell Carlson

Baylor University alumnus Steven Stucky has won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Stucky, who serves as the Given Foundation Professor of Music at Cornell University, is believed to be the first Baylor alumnus awarded a Pulitzer. He received the prestigious award for his "Second Concerto for Orchestra," which was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2004 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The Pulitzer Prize announcement cites Stucky "for distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year."

"We in the Baylor School of Music are very proud of Dr. Stucky and his long and distinguished record as a composer," said Dr. William May, dean of Baylor's School of Music. "The Pulitzer Prize confirms what we at Baylor already knew - that Steve Stucky is one of America's most distinguished creators of music."

Stucky graduated summa cum laude from Baylor in 1971 and earned his master's degree and doctorate from Cornell. He has taught at Cornell since 1980 and served as chair of the music department from 1992-97. He also served as Visiting Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music in 2001-2 and Ernest Bloch Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003.

He has been closely associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988 -- the longest composer residency of any American orchestra. First appointed Composer in Residence by André Previn in 1988, under his current title of Consulting Composer for New Music he works closely with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen on programming and commissioning. He was Composer in Residence of the Aspen Music Festival and School in summer 2001.

A well-known expert on the music of the late Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, he won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Prize for his 1981 book "Lutoslawski and His Music." He has written commissioned works for many of the major American orchestras, including Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia and St. Louis, among others; for institutions such as Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Festival, Eastman School of Music, and the BBC; and for solo artists such as pianist Emmanuel Ax, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, baritone Sanford Sylvan, and recorder player Michala Petri. Chanticleer's recording of his Cradle Songs on Teldec won a Grammy Award in 2000.

Among his other honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, a Bogliasco Fellowship in 1997, and the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002.

For more information, contact May at (254) 710-1221.

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