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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.

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