Brian Coffill has been awarded the 2019-2020 Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award for Orchestral Programming. This prestigious award honors the creative orchestral programming exhibited during the premiere season of the Randolph-Macon College Ensemble (Ashland, Virginia).
The Marijosius Memorial Award is awarded annually by The American Prize Foundation, the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. According to the American Prize Foundation, "The [Marijosius] Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community."
"What makes Professor Coffill a great mentor is that he was always there to help me if I needed it, but he also pushed me to figure things out on my own," says New. "He encouraged me to trust my intelligence and judgment, which boosted my confidence as a researcher."
Brian Coffill has been selected as a national finalist for the 2018-2019 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music for his interpretation of Charles Ives' Decoration Day with the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble (College Park, Maryland). The Bacon Memorial Award is awarded annually by The American Prize Foundation, the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts.
The R-MC Ensemble staged their first-ever performance on October 23, 2018, performing Terry Riley's In C under the direction of Music Professor Brian Coffill. The instrumentalists assembled at Fountain Plaza under beautiful blue skies to perform Riley's minimalist work, an hour-long, semi-improvisatory musical conversation made up of overlapping melodic fragments.
This semester the R-MC community welcomes a new musical program on campus in the form of a chamber orchestra with Director Brian Coffill at the helm. Coffill is new to the college as well and has already made some exciting changes.
College Band Directors National Association, Summer 2018
The Wind Band Works of the MENC Contemporary Music Project Library, was announced to the general collegiate musical community via the College Band Directors National Association's triannual CBDNA Report, which highlights concert programs and important publications within the profession.
"The Randolph-Macon College Music Program in the Department of Arts is pleased to announce the formation of the Randolph Macon Ensemble, a new musical organization dedicated to performing a broad spectrum of instrumental music... The founding director of the Randolph-Macon Ensemble is a new addition to the R-MC music faculty: Professor Brian A. Coffill, Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant Professor of Music. "