A Drury music professor has once again received statewide and national honors for his original compositions. Dr. Carlyle Sharpe was recently announced as winner of both the 2018 Missouri Composers Project competition and an ASCAP Plus Award.
The Missouri Composers Project seeks to recognize exemplary works written by composers living in Missouri. Sharpe’s composition “Clap Your Hands” was the winner of the Open Choral category and will be performed by the Columbia Chamber Choir at a public concert on March 11. The piece, which is based on Psalm 47, was originally written and performed for the inauguration of Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd in October.
“I knew already that it was a popular text, because it had been set by well-known composers, but I wanted my crack at it,” Sharpe said.
The ASCAP Plus Award recognizes composers whose work is of unique prestige and value beyond the compensation they ordinarily receive for it. The awards are determined by an independent panel of distinguished music experts who are neither members nor employees or ASCAP.
“ASCAP Plus is based on the works and performances that you had that year,” Sharpe said. “I had some performed in England, Ireland, and across the United States.”
These awards are the the most recent in a history of recognition for Sharpe, whose compositions have been performed at such major stages as the the Edinburgh International Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.