Nicola De Lorenzo Prizes in Music Composition
Established in 1958
Description. The Nicola De Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition is awarded for the best original completed musical composition. The prize competition is open to both graduate and undergraduate students of any major. The composition must be a piece composed during your matriculation at UC Berkeley. Submit both a score and a recording of the composition. For music that is not notated (such as fixed media pieces, improvised performances, and so on), submit a CD with a note about the work and why it is not notated. All entries need to be anonymous—your name should not appear on CDs or scores. For complete information, read the General Rules.
Prize Amounts. Approximately $5,000 is awarded at the judge's discretion. Federal financial aid regulations require that all awards received by a student cannot exceed their financial need as determined by a congressional formula. It is possible, therefore, that the cash award for a prize could reduce some component of a needy student’s package of financial aid awards. In these cases, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office attempts first to reduce loan or work aid; fellowships, grants, or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort.
Deadline. Submissions need to be hand-delivered by the composer to the Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes, and Honors Office, 210-A Sproul Hall, no later than December 3, 2012 at 4 p.m. After the winners are announced, CDs and scores need to be picked up by May 31, 2013.
2011-12: 9 entries; 1st prize: Javier Jimmy Lopez and Amadeus Regucera ($1,300 each); 2nd prize: Thatchatam Silsupan, Matthew Goodheart, and Sivan Eldar ($800 each)
2010-11: 19 entries; 1st prize: Javier Jimmy Lopez ($1,000); 2nd prize: David Coll, Robin Estrada, Jen Wang, Daniel Cullen ($750 each); 3rd prize: Nils Bultmann, Matt Schumaker ($500 each)
2009-10: 9 entries; 1st prize: Amadeus Regucera ($2,000); 2nd prize: Evelyn Ficarra and Heather Frasch ($1,200 each); 3rd prize: Gabrielle Angeles ($600).
2008-09: 9 entries; 1st prize: Matthew Goodheart ($2,000); 2nd prize Amadeus Regucera, David Coll and Robin Estrada ($1,000 each)
2007-08: 13 entries; 1st prize: Robert Yamasato and Heather Frasch ($2,000 each); 2nd prize: Jimmy Lopez ($1,000)
2006-07: 15 entries; 1st prize: Aaron Einbond, Robert Yamasato, and Mason Bates ($1,666 each)
2005-06: 16 entries; 1st prize: Mason Bates and Aaron Einbond ($2,500 each)
2004-05: 14 entries; 1st prize: Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and Mason Bates ($2,000 each); 2nd prize: Aaron Einbond ($1,000)
2003-04: 12 entries; 1st prize: Fernando Benadon ($750); 2nd prize: Jean Ahn, David Bithell and Brian Kane ($250 each)
2002-03: 11 entries; 1st prize: Reynold Tharp ($750) and Mason Bates ($750)
2001-02: 15 entries; 1st prize: Keeril Makan ($750); 2nd prize: Mason Bates, Brian Kane, and Philipp Blume ($250 each)
2000-01: No award given
1999-00: 5 entries; 1st prize: Brian Current ($700); 2nd prize: Fernando Benadon, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Michael Zbyszyriski ($600 each)
1998-99: 5 entries; 1st prize: Fernando Benadon, Brian Current, Keeril Makan, and Dmitri Tymoczko ($500 each)
1997-98: 9 entries; 1st prize: Eitan Steinberg ($800); 2nd prize: Keeril Makan ($700); 3rd prize: Reynold Tharp ($500)