Recently the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced their nomination and final selection for two of the country’s most significant awards for composers of vocal music; the Virgil Thomson Award and the Charles Ives Opera Prize.
Composer, vocalist and lyricist Kate Soper, known best for her fresh and inventive approach to a vocal mechanism is set to receive $40,000 as the winner of the distinguished Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music, contributed by the Virgil Thomson Foundation. In addition, renown composer Lewis Spratlan has been honored with the Charles Ives Opera Prize, for which he will also receive the $35,000 prize for his contribution and work Life is a Dream, making its world debut at the Santa Fe Opera in 2010.
Nominees were chosen by members of the Academy’s contributing composers, for which winners were then selected by an exclusive board of representatives. The awards will be issued in person at the prestigious annual ceremony.
President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Yehudi Wyner reported that the awards “reflect the essential mission of the Academy: to recognize, identify, and reward works of highest aspiration and superior craft by contemporary artists in our culture.”
The honorees are among many receiving impressive awards, including composer James Newton Howard who is set to accept the Icon Award from Broadcast Music Inc., for his notable and accredited work on over 120 film and television titles.