Frederick Evans Wins 2012 National Composers Award
Winning work written for Junior Independent Study project
WOOSTER, Ohio — Frederick Evans, a rising senior and a music composition major at The College of Wooster, has been named winner of the 2012 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award. Evans’ award-winning entry, titled “Fractured Recollections: A Daydream Interrupted,” is the final movement of an original five-movement work for string quartet.
A resident of Clinton, N.Y., Evans composed “Fractured Recollections” as one of three works submitted for his Junior Independent Study (Wooster’s nationally acclaimed undergraduate research experience in which a student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor throughout the academic year to produce a thesis, performance, or work of art). Evans’ additional compositions for his Junior Independent Study included “Pastorale” for chamber orchestra, selected for performance by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony in April, and “Noche del Amor Insomne,” a work for chorus based on a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca.
Evans’ composition was one of three pieces nationally to be awarded a prize in the Student/Collegiate division, for which submissions were eligible from junior, senior, or graduate students in college between the ages of 19 and 26 and majoring in composition. The award follows Evans’ statewide success of last year, when his Sonata for Cello and Piano in one movement was awarded second prize in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs composition contest.
Jack Gallagher, the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at Wooster and Evans’ adviser, described “Fractured Recollections” as “a thoughtful, rhapsodic quartet for the unusual instrumentation of two violins, cello, and bass. The work reveals to fine advantage Derick’s poignant lyricism, eloquent sensitivity of expression, and colorful, evocative use of the ensemble. Derick’s recognition in this respected national forum, and the selection and performance of his ‘Pastorale’ by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony in April, affirm his distinctively creative imagination and increasingly professional assurance as a young composer.”
Written comments by the judges praised the work as "a well written movement for string quartet” whose ideas “are musical and interesting. The work allows each player to assert his own musical thoughts, while at the same time there is a great cohesiveness to the ensemble." Also singled out was the work’s structural design: "logic and organization are displayed with coherence within each section. Rhythmic and melodic figures get passed around, and . . . the effect is enhanced by bringing back sections as the work progresses.”
Evans studies acoustic composition with Gallagher and upright and electric bass with Jack Steward, an adjunct music faculty member. During the spring semester, he also studied electronic composition with Jake Rundall, a visiting assistant professor at Wooster.
Evans is a member of the Wooster Symphony, the Wooster Jazz Combo, and the Wooster Singers. He has had works performed by The Wooster Chorus under Lisa Wong, by Peter Mowrey, by cellist Aimon Dwan, and by the Wooster Jazz Combo.
Evans plans to continue composition studies through graduate school and to teach at the college level.