Two Composers Awarded 1995 Bearns Prize

Columbia has announced the winners of its 1995 Joseph H. Bearns Prize for outstanding musical compositions by Americans 25 years old or younger. They are:

Favand, a native of York, Pa., was awarded $3,500; Roth of New York City, $2,500.

Favand is a composer and vocalist with the Oblivion Ensemble based in Rochester, N.Y. She received the B.M. in composition, with distinction, from the Eastman School of Music in 1994 and has since studied composition at the Freiburg Hochschule fr Musik in Germany. In the fall she will begin graduate work in composition at Yale.

Roth majored in music composition at Rowan College in New Jersey, from which he was graduated this spring. He has composed more than a dozen works that have been performed by ensembles and soloists in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

Roth will enter the graduate program at Columbia this fall as a faculty fellow of the department of music.

The Bearns Prize, administered by the Columbia music department, was established by the will by Lillia M. Bearns and has been awarded since 1928.

Previous winners include Samuel Barber, Milton Babbitt, Charles Wuorinen and Hugo Weisgall.

Judges for this year's composition were David Alan Miller, conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra; Louis Karchin, professor of composition at NYU, and Columbia music professors Joseph Dubiel, George Edwards and Walter Frisch.

Columbia University Record -- June 9, 1995 -- Vol. 20, No. 31