Jonathan Santore, composer
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About Jonathan Santore

The compositions of Jonathan Santore, winner of The American Prize in Composition 2013 in the category for professional composers of choral music, have engaged and excited performers and audiences throughout the United States and internationally. Named a 2010 Individual Artist Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, he serves as Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale, which won a “Best of NH 2008” award from New Hampshire Magazine for works he created for the ensemble. Santore was a winner of the 1999 American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest, and was named New Hampshire Composer of the Year for 2006 (an honor he last won in 1999). Santore has won several other awards for his compositions, including Second Prize in the 2007 University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest, Finalist in the 2012 Svanholm Singers Composition Awards, the 2005 NUVOVOX Choral Awards, and the 2003 Penfield Music Commissioning Project/Wegmans Band Composition Contest, Special Mention in the 2002 British Trombone Society/Brass in Association Composition Contest, Honorable Mention in the 2000 Britten-on-the-Bay Composition Competition, and performances at the national conferences of the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Society of Composers, Inc., and the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest.

His works have been performed by ensembles including VocalEssence, Conspirare, the Boston Cecilia, the Choir of Rochester Cathedral, England, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and have been broadcast regionally by Maine Public Television and nationally by Public Radio International. He has conducted performances of his own compositions in the United States and Europe, and his works have been published by Alliance Music, American Carillon Music Editions, Gold Branch Music, Manduca Music, Walton Music, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and featured on recordings by artists on Albany and Centaur Records.

Currently Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire (where he received the 2011 Award for Distinguished Scholarship for his compositional work, and has been selected four times for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers), Santore began his musical career as an All-State trumpet player in his native east Tennessee. He went on to study composition with Stephen Jaffe, Eugene Kurtz, Donald Grantham, Elaine Barkin, and William Kraft, and holds degrees from Duke University, The University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA. Before moving to New England, Santore held teaching positions at Occidental College, California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Minnesota. He is also active as a music theorist and as a conductor. His biography is included in recent editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America.

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Jonathan Santore
Plymouth, NH


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