16 February, 2016
For Immediate Release
Signature Recordings and Father Ambrose Press - U. S. divisions of the 7 Arts Foundation, in cooperation with its fiscal sponsor - proudly announce the Signature Music Prize is awarded to composer Sonja Schwedersky. The recipient of the two-season prize receives an official monograph published about the composer’s work in addition to two nominal cash awards. Father Ambrose Press will be commissioned to publish an official monograph to honor the prize winner; publication is scheduled to be released in the United States of America at the conclusion of the 2016 calendar year.
Ms. Schwedersky is a published composer of works appearing under the prestigious Netherlands publishing house, Donemus Publishing. A resident of Hoogeveen, The Netherlands, she is a noted composer of classical and pedagogical music. Ms. Schwedersky studied at the Conservatorium Rotterdam, where her violin studies turned to composition. She is acclaimed for opera, chamber music and four-in-hand piano works.
The prize is administered by the 7 Arts Foundation Director Emeritus, Dr. Marshall Thomas and Colossal Concepts Management. The Signature Music Prize is underwritten, in part, by the sale and licensing of musical compositions and recordings, the consultative work by Dr. Thomas and his team, plus the artwork and graphic prints made by TIS - Thos. Illustration Studios - with works collected in fourteen countries around the globe. The prize is given only to worthy composers nominated by the foundation’s board of advisers, with the two-part prize awarded only after the board has voted unanimously to acknowledge contributions to the canon by the nominee. The foundation, formed in 1979, operates in cooperation with the fiscal sponsorship of the Bowie-Miller County Literacy Council in the United States of America.
Ms. Schwedersky's body of work suited perfectly for both professionals and students is emblematic of two great thinkers - the first embodied in a Goethe line found in Faust: "What you have as heritage take now as task, and thus you will make it your own." The second embodiment is found in lines delivered by Jacques Barzun, in The A. W. Mellon Lectures In The Fine Arts, 1971: " ...here is a radical ambiguity about that simple word Art, a confusion of terms and of aims that constitutes a second reason for examining the art of our time. In any case it is clear that if art has importance, it is because it can shape the minds and emotions of men. It can enlarge or trivialize the imagination. If it can do so much, it affects the social fabric as well as individual lives for good and evil."
Such is the contribution of composer Sonja Schwedersky.
Contact: Prize Committee, Dr. Marshall Thomas, 309.343.7574 P/F
1187 East Knox Street, Galesburg, IL 61401 |www.7artsfoundation.org
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