The winners of the second Kansas Choral Composition Prize are Lyle Stutzman (first-place) for his work, “I Am the Lord”, and Brock Chart (second-place) for “Echo”. The first place selection will be performed by the chorale on April 8th, 2018 at East Heights United Methodist Church, and Stutzman will receive a monetary prize of $1,000.
The only program of its kind in the state of Kansas, this initiative was founded by the Wichita Chamber Chorale and co-sponsored by Senseney Music, Inc. The KCCP fosters original choral music of the highest quality, with the intention of giving the winner(s) a high-profile performance of their work by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, in addition to a monetary prize. Music scores were submitted anonymously to a panel of judges which consisted of Dr. Dean Roush, Wichita State University; Dr. Mitos Andaya Hart, Temple University; Dr. Zachary Wadsworth, Williams College; Dr. Michael Pohlenz, founding conductor of the WCC; and Kansas-born composer Kirke Mechem as honorary advisor. Applicants showed clear and verifiable ties to Kansas by being a native Kansan or current resident, or by being a student studying at a Kansas institution.
A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, first-place winner Lyle Stutzman graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He teaches music at the Elnora Bible Institute in Elnora, Indiana, and enjoys arranging and composing music for choirs. During the summer, he teaches music at Shenandoah Christian Music Camp in Virginia and Faith Builders Educational Programs in Pennsylvania, and he serves as an administrator and conductor at the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp in Indiana. Lyle lives in Elnora with his wife Maria and their three young children. Stutzman was also a singing member of the Wichita Chamber Chorale in the fall of 2010.
Second-place winner Brock Chart is a composer residing in Lawrence, Kansas. Brock composes in a variety of genres and mediums including jazz, contemporary chamber ensembles, solo voice, choral, educational piano literature, and film music. He has an undergraduate degree in Music Composition from the University of Kansas, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Music Composition from KU.