Rapido Composition Contest

Northeast Region

Boston Music Viva
Photograph by Robert Harding Pittman


Music Director Richard Pittman founded Boston Musica Viva in 1969 as the first ensemble in Boston devoted to contemporary chamber music. Over the past 46 years, BMV's commissioning program has brought into being over 175 new works for chamber ensemble including music for young audiences, operas, music theater works, and multimedia collaborations.


A Tribute to Lee Hyla

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015, 8:00 pm

Longy School of Music
Cambridge, MA

Northeast Winner: Louis Cruz!



Louis Cruz, New York, NY

Louis Cruz (b. 1991) is an award-winning composer based in New York City. Currently, Louis is working on a commission from the New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute. Recently, his a cappella setting of Whitman's "A Clear Midnight" won the Manhattan Choral Ensemble's 2015 composition competition. His orchestral work, Calafia, was awarded the Jim Highsmith award, making Louis the youngest recipient in the prize's history. The San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra premiered this work as part of the 2012 - 2013 season. In 2011, his work for string quartet, Le Coucher de Soleil, was premiered as part of the Shanghai Spring Festival at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Louis has received honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in music history, theory, and composition; he has also received honors from the European American Music Alliance in keyboard harmony, counterpoint, and score reading. Mr. Cruz received his M.M. in composition at Juilliard and his B.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Robert Beaser, David Conte, and Philip Lasser. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellows program at the Juilliard School.

J.P. Redmond, Yonkers, NY

J.P. Redmond was born in Newport Beach, California in 1999 and resides in Yonkers, New York. He studies composition and theory at Concordia Conservatory with Matt Van Brink, piano with Ann Schein, and on the fly with his uncle, jazz bassist and composer John Patitucci. J.P. has received a number of composition and piano honors: he was selected as one of three Northeastern Semi-Finalists in the 2015 Rapido! Take Four!! contest and will travel to Boston for the Semi-Finals; he has been recognized with three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards - including the 2015 Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship - and one Honorable Mention; he is a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in composition; and he received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Brian M. Israel Prize. He participated in the 2014 NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker; he is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient and was featured on the NPR show From the Top in September 2013. Additionally, J.P. has received awards from The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, NYSSMA, NAfME, NFMC, Composers Concordance, and Composer’s Voice. He has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall.

In 2015 J.P. attended the Young Artist Summer Program for composition at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Ludwig and Shinuh Lee. In his spare time, J.P. enjoys historical fiction and nonfiction, record collecting, model railroading, and good movies with extra popcorn.

Nathan J. Stumpff, Northfield, VT

Nathan J. Stumpff (b.1978) is a musician, builder and solar energy professional originally from Maine. Nathan holds degrees from The Manhattan School of Music and Brown University and was a Fulbright Scholar at Listaháskóli Islands (Iceland Academy of the Arts.) His many mentors include Nils Vigeland, Julia Wolfe, Mist Þorkelsdóttir, Gerald Shapiro and Elaine Bearer.

Over the past seven years Nathan has built solar energy and remote power systems across the Mid-Atlantic States, Alaska and now his native New England; indeed, Nathan has embraced a diverse career, discovering the music of manual labor and bringing the mindset of a craftsman to composition. The Icelandic word for composer is tónsmiður, or ‘sound-builder.’ It is from this spirit Nathan’s work has evolved.

Musical honors include selection for the Minnesota Orchestra Composer’s Institute and Reading Sessions, 1st Prizes in the Washington International Prize for Composers and the Cappella Gloriana Competition for Composers, and residency with the California E.A.R. Unit in Arcosanti, AZ. An active performer and conductor, Nathan’s recent engagements include Opera Fairbanks' production of Carmen, performances with Alarm Will Sound, the Manhattan School of Music Percussion ensemble, the new music ensemble TACTUS and with the bands Nancy’s Problem and Steel Toe Booty. Nathan’s music can be heard on Ablaze Records. Please find more at lostloonmusic.com.

Ensembles Atlanta Symphony Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Voices of Change Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Boston Musica Viva Atlanta Chamber Players