Apr 11, 2018
Sterling Maffe continues to gather accolades as he rounds the corner into his final year at the Biola University Conservatory of Music, adding three new awards to his resume.
In the 2018 annual composition contest, Maffe won both first and second place. Karyenda, recently praised by world-famous composer Samuel Barber as an "excellent achievement in orchestral writing," won first place (listen to Karyenda below). Second place was awarded to, "A Raven on the Moor," a solo cello piece (listen to "A Raven on the Moor" below). This anonymous competition was judged this year by Grammy award winning composer Michael Daugherty, one of the most commissioned, performed, and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today.
Maffe was also honored with the 2018 Outstanding Musician Award in the Composition Department. This award is given to the student of highest merit for his or her endeavors as a composer of the 2017-2018 school year both in academia and extracurricularly.