Xi Wang, who currently serves as associate professor of composition/theory at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, has won the Commissioned Music Project competition of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. The award includes $2,000 and the commission of a new chamber music work for three to nine performers, which will receive its world premiere at the Pi Kappa Lambda annual convention in October 2014, in conjunction with the annual meeting of The College Music Society in St. Louis, Mo.
To be eligible for the competition, composers must hold a teaching position at a post-secondary institution and/or be a Pi Kappa Lambda chapter alumnus, and must be nominated by a chapter officer.
Past winners of the prestigious award have included Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowship winner Cindy McTee, among others.
Wang earned a B.M. from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, an M.M. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a D.M.A. from Cornell University. She joined the SMU faculty in 2009 and teaches composition and music theory. She has received commissions from the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, among others. Her music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Atlanta, Spokane and other cities, as well as by notable ensembles and soloists including cellist Andrés Díaz, the American Modern Ensemble, the Eastman String Quartet, Voices of Change and the Soli Ensemble. She has received awards from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Music Center and ASCAP. She won a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2011, and in 2012 received the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. For more information, visit http://www.xiwangcomposer.com/.