Dr. Jonathan McNair was recently announced as a finalist in Composition-Orchestra Music, professional division, with The American Prize for his Hopyard Overture.

McNair, UC Foundation Professor and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition for the Department of Music, was named Tennessee Composer of the Year for 2008 by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association. His music has debuted on international stages in Brazil, Germany, Puerto Rico, and England to name a few.

“I seek to compose music that is expressive of musical values which can be known and felt,” explains McNair in his artist’s statement with American Composers Forum.

The American Prize is a national, non-profit competition series that recognizes “the very best” artists in the performing arts.

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