String Studies Artist Faculty Gregg August has won the grand prize in two divisions of this year’s International Society of Bassists/David Walter Composition Competition. Stand Up With Me, written for voice, bassoon, double bass and piano, won in the Chamber Ensemble division. The piece was commissioned by Woodwind Studies Artist Faculty Gina Cuffari.
August was awarded the grand prize in the Bass Ensemble division for Scordatura Armonica per tre (inventions for three tunings).
The biennial competition honors the memory of double bass educator, performing artist, and composer David Walter. It is open to all composers of works in any style that have not yet entered the standard double bass repertoire. The grand prize is $1,000 for each division and a performance at the 2021 ISB Convention, to be held June 7-12 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.