Lansing McLoskey wins the American Prize (Choral Div) with [...]Qumran Psa[lms...]

Lansing McLoskey's work, [...]Qumran Psa[lms...] for SATB triple-choir, based on fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, has won the 2016 American Prize in Composition (Choral/Professional Division).  The 25-minute work from 2015 was commissioned by The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for ensemberlino vocale in Berlin. It is a setting of psalm fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls (aka "Qumran scrolls"). The choir is divided into three equal-sized choirs, spaced around the performance space.

Lansing McLoskey has been described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, "an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music" by Gramophone Magazine, and "a distinctive voice in American music.” His music has been performed in sixteen countries on six continents, and has won more than two-dozen national and international awards, including two from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his many commissions are those from the Fromm Foundation, N.E.A., Meet The Composer, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the International Joint Wind Quintet Project. Recent commissions include a Barlow Commission for a 60-minute oratorio for The Crossing; ensemberlino vocale (Berlin); the New Spectrum Foundation for violinist Miranda Cuckson;  Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion; TAWA Sax(Peru); Axiom Brass; the SilverDuo; and oboist ToniMarie Marchioni. McLoskey’s music is released on Albany Records, WergoSchallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, BeauportClassics,and published by Theodore Presser, ACA, Subito, Mostly Marimba, and Odhecaton-Z Music.