University of Missouri School of Music Post-Doctoral Fellow in Composition Carolina Heredia is the winner of the 2017 MTNA/MMTA Composer Commission Competition. Her prize is a $1,500 commission for a new work to be premiered in November 2018 at the annual Missouri Music Teacher Conference. In addition, she will be eligible to win the MTNA Composer of the Year Award at the Music Teachers National Association annual conference.
This year’s judging panel consisted of Ben Stevenson (Kansas City, MO, winner of the 2016 MTNA/MMTA Composer Commission), Victor Márquez Barrios (Kirksville, MO, Assistant Professor of Composition at Truman State University), and Kirsten Volness (Providence, RI, lecturer at University of Rhode Island). The judges described Heredia’s work as possessing “compelling phrases [with] an attention to timbre” and “a compositional language that is very unique.” This is Carolina's first semester at MU. She comments, "Since I got to Mizzou, I feel supported, encouraged, and trusted. This recognition from MMTA gives me the enthusiasm and the affirmation to continue creating and working towards developing my art. It also provides the necessary funding for the creation of a new work that will be premiered Fall 2018 at the MMTA conference."