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December 14, 2004

Birmingham-Southern professor wins honorable mention in composition contest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Dr. Charles Mason, music professor at Birmingham-Southern College , has won honorable mention in the 2005 Truman State University/MACRO Composition Competition for his orchestra piece Expressway.

The piece was commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in honor of BSC graduate, Board of Trustees member, and benefactor Elton B. Stephens of Birmingham. Stephens is founder of EBSCO Industries Inc.

MACRO is a term for theory analysis that involves looking at the pitch and harmonic direction of a composition as a whole rather than chord to chord. As part of the international submission process, Mason had to send in a discussion of the MACRO analysis of his composition.

Mason's honors and awards include 2003-04 Composer-in-Residence with the New York City Goliard Ensemble, 1998 Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music Prize, and 1996 Dale Warland Singers Commission Prize. He also performed at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2003.

Having joined the Birmingham-Southern faculty in 1982, Mason received his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.


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