2018-19 Winner


NEW WORK: The Universal Language from Lovers Lane
WORLD PREMIERE: Faces of Dallas

Julia Durbin is a budding composer from Denton, Texas. In 2011, she was recognized in the State PTA Reflections Contest for her talent in song writing. Julia comes from a choral background and was a soloist in the Texas All State Women’s Choir in 2014. Now she sings with the Highland Park Chorale and Dallas Chamber Choir. She is also a section leader at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and SMU Catholic. In May, she is graduating with a BM in Voice Performance and a BM in Music Education from Southern Methodist University.

Honorable Mentions

NEW WORK: Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
WORLD PREMIERE: Faces of Dallas

Currently attending the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Noah is a member of the Texas Boys Choir (TBC) and studies choral music, music theory, and music composition. He has worked closely with musicians and composers such as Victor Johnson and Dr. D. Jason Bishop. A junior in high school, Noah wishes to study music composition in college, aiming to fulfill a career in Film Composition.

NEW WORK: Overload

Drew Van Deventer [1996 - ] of Denton, Texas first became interested in performing and composing music when he joined the Grandview High School Thundering Herd Marching Band at the age of fourteen. He has extensive experience as a guitarist and a clarinetist. His compositions focus on controlled aleatory, minimalistic development, and narrative realism. “Overload” was inspired by Drew’s younger brother and his efforts to communicate in a neurological world that is not always ready to hear him. Drew can be contacted via email at musicofdrew@gmail.com.