Kevin Day, First Place winner
2018 Young Composer Competition

Kevin Day wins First Place in the 2018 Division 2 national Young Composer Competition.

Kevin Day wins First Place in the 2018 Division 2 national Young Composer Competition.

Kevin Day’s Piano Trio No. 3:  “Ecstatic Samba”  has won First Place in Division 2 of the 2018 Young Composer Competition.

Kevin Day (b. 1996) is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington, Texas. Currently in his senior year at Texas Christian University, he will be graduating in December 2018 with a BM in Euphonium Performance and wishes to pursue his masters in music composition. Day has written over 100 compositions for solos, concert band, orchestra, chamber, film, and choral groups. His works have been premiered and heard across the United States, and he currently receives commissions in his emerging compositional career.

Kevin Day is a winner of the Dallas Winds Fanfare Contest, a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and a finalist of the Novus New Music Call for Scores Contest. He has also had pieces premiered and showcased at W.I.B.C, the NAfME All-Northwest Conference, and the Midwest Clinic,  and is the recipient of the 2016 W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award from Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. In addition to classical music, Day has composed music for two short films, A Partial Heart (2015) and The Broken Man (2017), which were premiered at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

He has worked with renowned composers John Mackey and Dr. Frank Ticheli, is a member of BMI and Kappa Kappa Psi, and is currently the composer-in-residence and Assistant Conductor of the Next Gen Chamber Players in Mansfield, Texas, for their 2017-2018 season. He studies under Dr. Neil Anderson-Himmelspach for composition and Mr. Richard Murrow for Euphonium.

As the winner of the Tribeca New Music 2018 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, Kevin will receive a $1,000 award, and his piece Piano Trio No. 3:  “Ecstatic Samba”  was performed to a full house on the Tribeca New Music 2018 Festival concert, December 13, 2018, at Nancy Manocherian’s - The Cell, in New York City.

Honorable Mentions and Emerging Composers
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this national competition.  In addition to the First Place piece, Tribeca New Music wishes to acknowledge some of the other exceptional works that were entered:

• The Honorable Mention category recognizes the top tier of compositions that were in contention to win.
• The Emerging Composers category recognizes those who have shown great promise with their entries.

Honorable Mentions

Bram Fisher for his Luminopphore
Patrick Holcomb for his Tides under a Full Moon
Jonathan Hou
for his Capriccio d-moll
Stephen Karukas
for his I am [electric]
Benjamin Vanden Heuvel
for his Eppur Si Muove
Max Vinetz for his Allemande
Justin Zeitlinger
for his Contrasts

Emerging Composers

Jaren Arena for his Glass Castles as They Yield to the Blushing of the Sky
Olivia Bennett
for her Nefarious (for cello and piano)
Caroline Bragg
for her Melting Glaciers
Jasmine Bryant for her Duet for Flute and Piano
Robert Bui for his Little Haikus
Solomon Ge for his Spin
Stella Gitelman Willoughby for her Moirai:  The Fates
Hannah Ishizaki
for her Prism
Tanmay Kulkarni for his Descent to Macabre
Ian Lin for his Little Hunchback Horse Fairy Tale
Charles Meenaghan for his American Elegy
Paul Novak
for his blackout poetry
Molly Turner
for her reaction
Max Vinetz
for his here
Benjamin Wenzelberg
for his Nocturne and Fugue
Kathy Xue
for her Two Fantastic Dances
Athena Zhang
for her Piano Suite