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2011 Winners

POLYPHONOS 2011

Winners of the 2010-2011 competition

Joshua Fishbein, Young Composer (San Francisco, CA)

An accomplished singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) is a natural fit as a composer, choral conductor, and teacher of music. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fishbein studied piano performance and music theory at The Peabody Preparatory (1998-2002), where he won three awards of achievement in theory. Fishbein’s Hebrew choral music was recognized with its inclusion in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project (2005) and Shalshelet’s Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music (2006). Also, his orchestral arrangements of Hebrew choral music can be heard on Cantor Emanuel Perlman’s CD recording, Face to Face (2007). Completing undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Music Composition at Carnegie Mellon University (class of ’06), Fishbein won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition for his senior project, Shoreside Melody (2006). Fishbein completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (class of ’09), where he won first prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Artsong Competition (2009). Fishbein’s primary composition teachers include Nancy Galbraith and David Conte. He has also studied in masterclasses, workshops, summer programs, and privately with John Adams, Roger Bourland, Robert Beaser, Libby Larsen, Philip Lasser, David Lefkowitz, Lawrence Moss, Stephen Paulus, Steven Sametz, and Chen Yi.

Jordan Nobles, International Composer (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Jordan Nobles (b. 1969) writes music that envelops the listener in sound. Known for his commitment to spatial music, he often takes performers and audiences away from traditional concert experiences. Whether surrounding audiences with ten flutes, filling museums with live musicians on multiple floors, or inviting players to move across the stage during performances, Jordan adds an extra, and often emotional, level of conversation to musical thought. His multiple awards and commissions have led to more than seventy-five new works. From solo instrumentalists to symphony orchestras, chamber choirs to percussion quartets, musicians from around the world have embraced his music. Recently his music has been released on Germany’s SPEKTRAL label, won First Prize in the Vancouver Bach Choir’s National Competition for Large Choirs, and been premiered in Toronto, New York, Belgium, Edmonton, Vancouver, Fredericton, Calgary, Windsor, Halifax and Lima, Peru.

Christina Whitten Thomas, National Composer (Los Angeles, CA)

Having grown up in New England, Christina Whitten Thomas’s (b. 1979) music is greatly influenced by the natural beauty and serenity of the Northeast. She also draws from the excitement of city life and the vibrant arts community of her current home in Los Angeles, California. Reflective of her life experiences, her compositions are an intricate fusion of the traditional and innovative, of the contemplative and dynamic.