08.04.10

Fulbright Press Release 2010 – Thorpe Buchanan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: James A. Lawrence Date: 8/2/10 Telephone: 202-632-3241

Jason Thorpe Buchanan Receives Fulbright Award

Mr. Jason V. Thorpe Buchanan of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany in Music Composition, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Thorpe Buchanan is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education .

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit: http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241, or e-mail fulbright@state.gov

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About Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Jason Thorpe Buchanan (b. 1986) is an American composer of contemporary concert music. He began his studies at age fourteen at the College of San Mateo, CA with Charles Gustavson and holds degrees in composition and in music technology, from San José State University, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior award (2008). As an undergraduate he was commissioned by the SJSU Concert Choir, founded melosmusic.com, and held positions as music supervisor, composer, and sound engineer for the winner of Best Feature at the Miami Beach International Animated Film Festival (2009). During graduate study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he worked as an instructor of composition and music theory, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student award (2009-10) by both the Music Department and the College of Fine Arts before receiving his master's degree. He has studied composition with Virko Baley, Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Pablo Furman, Kevin Puts and Robert Aldridge, as well as conducting with maestro Takayoshi Suzuki. Mr. Thorpe Buchanan has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg as a visiting scholar where he will study with Peter Michael Hamel and Manfred Stahnke while conducting research and interviews throughout Germany in regards to compositional process and aesthetics. He has received the Mu Phi Epsilon International Sterling Achievement Award (2008), fellowships from the NEON Music festival (2009) and the Brevard Institute of Music Festival (2009, 2010), and has won both the UNLV Cristina Valdés solo piano composition competition (2009) and the Mu Phi Epsilon international composition competition (2009). His first work for large ensemble - A Zarzuela & Other Lost Works (2007) was premiered and recorded in 2009 by the Tad Wind Symphony in Tokyo, with a CD released on the Windstream label in Japan. Jason has participated in masterclasses, seminars and private lessons with composers such as Brian Belet, Koray Sazli, Lei Liang, David Crumb, Joel Hoffmann, FredJason Thorpe Buchanan (b. 1986) is an American composer of contemporary concert music. His work draws from a broad variety of aesthetic genres and influences, and has been described by leading composers in the United States and Europe as “symphonic…” and “ambitious.” He began studies at age fourteen at the College of San Mateo, CA, later attending San José State University to receive Bachelor’s degrees in composition and in music technology, where he was awarded the Outstanding Senior award (2008). He received his Master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in composition and music theory (2008-2010), later presented the Outstanding Graduate Student award (2009-10) by both the Music Department and the College of Fine Arts. Since 2007, he has served as director of the composer’s consortium Melos Music (http://www.melosmusic.com/), as well as their annual New Music Concert series. He has studied composition with Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Pablo Furman, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Manfred Stahnke, as well as conducting with maestro Takayoshi Suzuki. Jason spent 2010-2011 living in Germany, where he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg as a visiting scholar for studies with Peter Michael Hamel, Manfred Stahnke, Georg Hajdu, and Sascha Lino Lemke while conducting research and interviews in regard to compositional process and aesthetics. In 2011 his 'Berlin Songs', for two singers and mixed chamber ensemble, were performed for an audience of 400 grantees and staff at the Pan-European Fulbright conference in Berlin, Germany under the baton of Thomas Heuser, who commissioned the work. An expanded orchestration was later recorded and premiered in the United States at the 2nd Annual Melos New Music Concert in San Francisco, conducted by the composer. In 2010 his orchestral work - 'The Gods of Pegãna', was read by the Brevard Music Center Orchestra under the baton of Ken Lam, and was later a finalist in both the ASCAP Morton Gould and ACF Minnesota Composer’s Institute competitions (2011). In 2009, 'A Zarzuela & Other Lost Works' was premiered by the Tad Wind Symphony in Tokyo for an audience of over 800, and recorded with a CD released on the Windstream label in Japan. As a conductor and advocate for contemporary music, Jason is committed to providing opportunities for young composers by producing high-profile concerts, where he has premiered and recorded works by composers such as Daniel Temkin, Tonia Ko, Chin Ting Chan, and Tom Brennan, in addition to his own. He has received awards from ASCAP, ACF, ΜΦΕ, the NEON and Brevard Music Festivals, UNLV, SJSU, the Eastman School of Music, and the Miami Beach International Animated Film Festival as composer and music supervisor for the winner of Best Feature (2009). His current projects include a cycle of works for soloists, a sound collage/score for a documentary on Busking/street artists in Hamburg, and a Horn Concerto commissioned by Michael Walker. Jason currently studies composition with Allan Schindler and holds a Teaching Assistantship at the Computer Music Center as a Ph.D. student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.rick Kaufman, and Augusta Read Thomas. Upon returning from Germany in 2011, Jason will begin his studies as a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
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