Dordt ensemble places second in American Prize competition

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Dordt Wind Symphony recognized by American Prize

Wind Symphony group photo

The Dordt University Wind Symphony placed second in the College Wind Band Division for Wind Band Performance in the American Prize for the Performing Arts.

During the final round, divisions were broken into large and small university programs. Although all ensembles were judged in competition with each other, the awards were given in both large and small school divisions.

The Dordt University Wind Symphony placed second in the small university division, with the St. Olaf Band placing first. Dordt’s Wind Symphony is a select group of 55 student instrumentalists who perform wind and percussion masterworks and premiere new compositions and arrangements.

“With the relatively short history of both our institution, as well as our band program, it is an incredible testimony for us to rank in the same area as one of the finest and oldest private college bands in the nation,” says Dr. Onsby Rose, conductor of the Dordt University Wind Symphony and associate professor of music at Dordt. “Our students are exceeding all expectations, and I look forward to where God will lead us next!"

In addition, Dr. Rose also placed second in the Professional Division for Wind Band Composition in The American Prize for the Performing Arts for his Symphony No. 1 “Heroes”.

"I am very thankful that God continues to provide me notes to place on paper and although teaching is my true first love, composing is a close second,” says Rose.

At Dordt University, Dr. Rose is the director of instrumental studies and conducts the Dordt University Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Campus-Community Band, as well as serves as the principal conductor and music director of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. 

“What a beautiful recognition of the way that Dr. Rose is stewarding the talents that the Lord has entrusted to him,” says Dr. Leah Zuidema, vice president for academic affairs. “This is just one example of a faculty member fulfilling Dordt’s mission to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all areas of life.”

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