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2013 Winners


Winners announced for the 2012-2013 competition

The Esoterics is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 POLYPHONOS choral composition competition. A panel of three judges reviewed all the anonymous scores to settle upon the winners of three separate awards: one national (U.S.) composer, one international composer, and one young composer under the age of 30.

The awardees will each receive a US $1,000 commission for a five-minute new work that The Esoterics will premiere at the POLYPHONOS Concert in October of the 2013 season. The winners will also receive funds for travel and lodging to the premiere of their works next year.

The Esoterics extends its sincerest thanks to all who applied to this competition. Once again, the judges were challenged to arrive at a decision. We hope that those of you who were not selected will enter again this year.

National (U.S.) composer: Joseph Gregorio – West Chester, Pennsylvania

International composer: Iman Habibi  – Vancouver, British Columbia

Young composer: Stephen Feigenbaum –   Winchester, Massachusetts  


More information about each composer is below.


 Joseph Gregorio – West Chester, Pennsylvania A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Joseph Gregorio (b. 1979) has studied composition with Steven Stucky, David Conte, and Richard Brodhead.  His choral music is published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Treble Clef Music Press, and has been recorded by the choirs of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Concerto Della Donna, the Washington Men’s Camerata,  the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, the Rutgers University Glee Club, and the Cornell University Glee Club.  Also active as a conductor, Gregorio is the founding director of chamber choir Ensemble Companio. He has co-conducted the Yale Recital Chorus and the Yale Repertory Chorus, and has guest-conducted the Cornell University Glee Club. He served from 2004-2006 as the assistant conductor of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, and was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Bach Choir from September 2005-May 2007.



Iman Habibi  – Vancouver British Columbia

Iman Habibi (b.  1985)  is an award-winning composer and pianist.  Hailed as “a giant in talent” (the Penticton Herald) Iman’s music has been performed by a number of noted ensembles and performers such as musica intima, The Standing Wave Ensemble, The Vancouver Bach Choir, The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, DaCapo Chamber Choir, cellist Jonah Kim, soprano Simone Osborne, tenor Keith Klassen, baritone Peter McGillivray,  soprano Carla Huhtanen, mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber, and pianists Carrie-Ann Matheson, and Liz Upchurch among others, His music has been work shopped by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Aventa ensemble, The Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, and Drosera ensemble. Iman Habibi’s music and performances are heard regularly across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Oslo, Toronto, Tehran, Nashville, Ottawa, and Vancouver.  His music has been programmed by prestigious concert organizations such as The Marilyn Horne Foundation (New York), The Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Tapestry New Opera (Toronto), Vox Novus (New York), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the BCScene Festival (Ottawa), and the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver).



Stephen Feigenbaum –    Winchester Massachusetts

Stephen Feigenbaum (b. 1989) is an award-winning composer of music for the concert hall and the theater. When he was 19, his Serenade for Strings was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and released on a CD by Telarc. Stephen is a past winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble competition. Recently he won the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Composer to Center Stage competition, which resulted in a reading of his work and mentoring by John Corigliano. The National Public Radio show From the Top has featured Stephen as a composer, and he has appeared as an a cappella singer on The Martha Stewart Show and NBC’s The Sing-Off.  Stephen’s music has been heard at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, and in several international venues. It has received performances by musicians including the JACK Quartet, TwoSense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), and Grammy-nominee violinist Caroline Goulding. Stephen was the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is a past fellow at the Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival.