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January 20, 2005

Birmingham-Southern music professor's work honored in composition contest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Dorothy Hindman, assistant music professor at Birmingham-Southern College, recently received a Special Commendation in the 2004 Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera for her work Louise: the Story of a Magdalen.

Her opera, on a libretto by Sally M. Gall, was commissioned by Alabama Operaworks. The Van de Vate prize is given annually by American music publishers Vienna Masterworks. Her work was selected from 27 entries that represented three continents and nine countries.

Hindman's other honors and awards include 2005 Almquist Choral Composition Competition winner and 2004 International Society of Bassists Composition Prize. She also is a founding member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. Her original works have been performed in the U.S., Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Romania, and the Czech Republic.

Having joined the BSC faculty in 2000, she received her master's degree from Duke University and both her bachelor's degree and doctorate from the University of Miami at Coral Gables.


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