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2014 Winners


Winners announced for the 2013-2014 competition

The Esoterics is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013-2014 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.

Each awardee will receive a US$1,000 commission for a 5-minute new work that The Esoterics will premiere at the POLYPHONOS Concert in October of the 2016 season.  The winners will also receive funds for travel and lodging to the premiere of their work 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 next year.

Here are this year’s winners!

Gregory Scott Simon, Ann Arbor, MI  (National Composer)

Greg Simon, (b. 1985) composer and jazz trumpeter, holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and an M.M. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Michigan.


Stef Conner, Surrey, UK (International Composer)

Stef Conner (b. 1983) is an alternative folk songwriter, contemporary composer and performer with a delicate and imaginative take on words and music.  She specializes in writing for voices and her imaginative choral works have been widely performed by both professional and amateur vocal ensembles. Her instrumental music is tinged with voice-like qualities that reflect her fascination with the innate musicality of language and vocal expressions of human emotion.


Dale Trumbore, Los Angeles, CA  (Young Composer)

Trumbore’s (b. 1987) dual interest in language and music often leads her to write music for voice, collaborating frequently with contemporary poets. Trumbore’s works for voice have been recorded and released on CD by the New York Virtuoso Singers (Toward Lasting Peace), Six Degree Singers (Six Degrees of Composers), and soprano Gillian Hollis (Snow White Turns Sixty), and her choral work The Whole Sea In Motion is published by G. Schirmer’s Dale Warland Choral Series. Trumbore holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Donald Crockett and Morten Lauridsen.