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April 14, 2005

Birmingham-Southern College music professor awarded prestigious Rome Prize

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Charles Norman Mason, composer and Birmingham-Southern College professor of music, was awarded the prestigious Samuel Barber Rome Prize in Musical Composition during ceremonies today in New York City.

The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize each year to 15 emerging artists and 15 scholars. Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the academy sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. It is situated on the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill.

Rome Prize winners in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition, or visual arts, and in ancient, medieval, renaissance, and early modern or modern Italian studies, spend almost a year in Rome refining and expanding their own professional, artistic, or scholarly aptitudes.

Mason will spend 11 months in Rome composing and gaining inspiration from the art and architecture of Rome and his peer scholars and artists. Among the pieces he will work on will be a commission from BSC First Lady Karen Bentley Pollick for a violin and piano duet along with a guitar quartet and chamber orchestra piece for the Corona Guitar Kvartet of Denmark.

Joining the BSC 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.

Dr. Charles Norman Mason





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