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December 4, 2023

Nontraditional Choral Work wins the 2024 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Music Prize.

University of Louisville Grawemeyer Music Prize

University of Louisville Grawemeyer Music Prize

Photo: Aleksandra Vrebalov (photo by Zeljko Mandic), the winner of the 2024 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition. Image provided by & copyright © University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award.

Louisville, Kentucky, December 4, 2023 — Aleksandra Vrebalov, a Serbian-American composer, has been awarded the 2024 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition for her nontraditional choral work, “Missa Supratext.” The piece is a 22-minute string quartet and girls’ chorus work incorporating bells, Tibetan bowls, and musical saws. Kronos Quartet and San Francisco Girls’ Chorus premiered the piece in 2018 in San Francisco with Valerie Sainte-Agathe conducting.

Vrebalov’s winning piece emphasizes the universality of human expression through music, bypassing a single language, style, or tradition. She blends diverse harmonies, rhythms, styles, and improvisations, conveying her devotion to music and the uniqueness of all things. The work’s Latin title translates to “Mass Above Words” in English.

Vrebalov, who lives in New York City, has composed more than 90 works, including orchestral, chamber, opera, and experimental pieces. She often starts by drawing and painting colorful images reflecting her ideas before converting the images into musical notation. Ensembles worldwide have performed her compositions, and she has received numerous honors, including the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Golden Emblem from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vrebalov taught music at Serbia’s Novi Sad University and the City University of New York and has been a resident or visiting artist on three continents.

The University of Louisville presents the Grawemeyer Awards yearly to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in education, music composition, religion, psychology, and ideas that improve world order. The awards come with a cash prize of $100,000 and are considered one of the most prestigious honors in these fields.

Source: University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award

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