The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) announces results of its 2023 Franco Proposal Contest. Thirty-three submissions were received for this first proposal-based composition contest. Submissions included prior works by the composers in any genre and a statement by the composer regarding the proposed work. Submissions were made to be anonymous for the jury, which included Margaret Angelini, Linda Dzuris, Alex Johnson, Thomas Lee, Scott Orr, Tiffany Ng, and Charles Zettek. The jury selected two proposals to receive prizes, and the winners will compose the works over the coming months for performances in 2023.
The two prizewinners are Pernille Faye and Joseph Klein, who will each receive $2,000. Faye is a Norwegian/Irish composer based in London, UK. She is currently in her first year at the Royal Academy of Music where she has been awarded a scholarship to study composition with Helen Grime and Morgan Hayes. Klein is a composer of solo, chamber, and large ensemble works, including instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic, and intermedia compositions. He is distinguished teaching professor and chair of composition studies at the University of North Texas, Denton.