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Brehm Prize in Instrumental Composition

William (BS ’50, MS ’52) and Delores Brehm generously established the Brehm Prize in Instrumental Composition in 2015. Recipients are School of Music, Theatre & Dance students who write the best new instrumental work in a predetermined category. Winning compositions are performed in concert by SMTD musicians.

2021

Griffin Candey, Sugar, a two-movement piece for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello

Evoking the striking beauty of the northern landscape of Michigan, Candey derived the name of his piece from the sugar-like coating of snow on every surface during the coldest winter days in the Upper Peninsula. It was performed by the UM Contemporary Directions Ensemble. Read more.

2017

Karl RonneburgBlue-green, for Symphony Band

There’s a wildness at the core of my Pacific Northwest home—
a darkness too, and a melancholy—a gray-blue-dark-green,
the overwhelming aloneness the rain makes one feel,
but there’s also a glory to it, a singing out, the open varied spaces:”
It was performed by the UM Symphony Band.

2015

Michael SchachterFive-Six-Seven-Eight for mixed chamber ensemble

A vigorous piece, full of whirling ecstatic rhythm. The title, a reference to the common bandstand count-in, reflects the different dance-inspired characters of each of the four miniature movements (as well as their corresponding time signatures.) It was performed by the UM Contemporary Directions Ensemble.