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​I am thrilled and honored to announce that I’ve been selected as the recipient of The American Prize in Composition for 2020 in the shorter choral works division.

Here are the works that I submitted (starred entries were selected for the final judging):


Fontainebleau *

Arcturus in Autumn *

There Will Come Soft Rains

Dusky Gold *

Here is the text of the official announcement:


DONALD SKIRVIN of Seattle WA is the winner of The American Prize in Composition, 2020, in the choral music division (shorter pieces), for a collection of his works. Donald was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the musical and theater arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.

Link to official announcement:

I want to acknowledge the artistry of the other finalists, many of whose works I know and admire. I also want to thank the choirs whose performances were used for the works I submitted: The Esoterics (which had commissioned and premiered four of the five works I submitted), under the direction of Eric Banks; the University of Utah Chamber Choir and the Utah Chamber Artists (which premiered Dusky Gold), under the direction of Dr. Barlow Bradford. It has been a singular honor to have received such wonderful performances of my works by these and other choruses over the span of my career.

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