May 8th - 13th, 2022

Bruce Stark - Original Composition

Original Composition Adjudicator Bruce Stark
The music of American composer Bruce Stark reflects varied elements of his musical upbringing: studies in percussion, jazz piano, and classical composition. He completed a master’s degree in composition at the Juilliard School as a student of Roger Sessions and Vincent Persichetti, thereafter, residing in Tokyo for more than 20 years, producing a collection of works that reveal a compelling musical voice. In 2013 he returned to the U.S. and joined the music faculty of DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington.

From piano and chamber works to choral and orchestral pieces, Stark’s music has been performed on the concert stages of four continents, recorded on numerous CDs and broadcast on radio programs worldwide. His Sonata for Piano, commissioned by the Washington State MTA, was awarded Honorable Mention by the Music Teachers National Association in the 2019 Distinguished Composer of the Year Award competition, and he was winner of the 2019-2020 South Texas Brass Symposium Composition Competition for his Adagio and Allegro for horn, trombone, and piano. Other awards include First Prize in the Composers Guild Contest, Second Prize in the Barlow International Competition, ASCAP composer awards, First Prize in the Wildflower Music Showcase International Recording Competition, and a Friends of Today's Music commission.

His compositions have been featured in the National Flute Association Convention, American Piano Festival, International Trombone Festival, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, MasterWorks Festival and BluePrints series in New York City. Performances have included the Baton Rouge and Lansing symphonies under Timothy Muffitt, Hong Kong Philharmonic (David Charles Abell), Rapides Symphony (Joshua Zona), Jakarta Symphony (Rebecca Tong), Northwest Symphony Orchestra (Anthony Spain), Beaverton Symphony (Travis Hatton), woodwind quintets, numerous pianists (recordings by Kai Schumacher, Yuko Mifune, Chika Nagisa, Seann Alderking, Yumiko Meguri, Matthew McCright), and trombonists including Megumi Kanda and Don Lucas, both of whom have commissioned new works from Stark.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2022 will be opened January 5th, 2022.


Musicfest Festival 2022 May 8-13, 2022.

Location Information

Musicfest Northwest Festival 2022 will be held on May 8-13th on the campus of Gonzaga University at 502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258. Please see the syllabus for a map. The Young Artist Concert will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox May 11, 2022. The Adjudicators Choice Concert will be held May 13, 2022 at the same location.


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