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KU music student wins national jazz composition contest

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LAWRENCE-David von Kampen, a doctoral student studying music composition at the University of Kansas, was recently chosen as the 2012 winner of the National Band Association’s Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest.

As recognition for this top award, von Kampen’s composition, “Hodie Christus Natus Est” will be performed by the Army Blues jazz ensemble from the United States Army Band at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December.

David von Kampen is a DMA candidate in music composition and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas where he directs the KU Jazz Singers and teaches music theory courses. He has studied composition with KU Professors James Barnes, Dan Gailey and Forrest Pierce, as well as Eric Richards and Randall Snyder.

David is a 2012 Downbeat Award winner (best graduate-level Jazz Ensemble composition in the U.S. and Canada), a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, winner of the first annual Morningside College Choral Composition Contest (2011), a 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition Finalist, and the recipient of the Vreeland Award for "exceptional creative ability" by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music in 2007 and 2011. While at UNL from 2009 to 2011, he directed the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and held a teaching assistant position in the theory department, in addition to an adjunct faculty position at Doane College (Crete, NE), where he directed the Jazz Ensemble and taught private piano and composition lessons.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the LCMS National Youth Gathering Honor Choir and Wind Symphony, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, vocal and instrumental ensembles at the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Oregon, Sacramento State University, numerous high school and church choirs throughout the United States, and more. His choral and instrumental music is published by G. Schirmer, Boosey and Hawkes, Concordia Publishing House, UNC Jazz Press, Sound Music Publications, Dorn Publications and RYCUN Music Company. He has written commissions for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Concordia-Chicago Wind Symphony, the Morningside College Concert Choir (IA), Eden United Church of Christ (Chicago), Doane College (NE) Choir and Wind Ensemble, Briar Cliff University Singers (SD), Roosevelt High School (Sioux Falls, SD), Papillion La Vista High School (NE), Fremont High School (NE), and others. David's incidental music and songs have appeared in UNL stagings of "As You Like It" (2008) and "Bloody Poetry" (2010) at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. David is a member of ASCAP and the American Choral Directors Association.

The National Band Association, founded in 1960, is the largest band directors' professional organization in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. The organization sponsors a handful of annual music contests in addition to the Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.



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