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Winner 1961: Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Cumberland Gap Overture [See an example]

Biography: Joseph Wilcox Jenkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1928. He studied law at St. Joseph's College before deciding to pursue a career in music. While at St. Joseph's, he studied composition with Vincent Persichetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory. He then received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied composition with Thomas Canning, Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson. He received his doctorate at Catholic University.

Jenkins served as arranger for the Army Field Band from 1951 to 1953 and for the Army Chorus and Band from 1956 to 1959. During this time he composed several works for band and wrote nearly 300 choral arrangements. In 1959 he received a Ford Foundation fellowship to be composer-in-residence at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, and in 1961 he began teaching theory and composition at Duquesne University. He received ASCAP Serious Music Awards for 15 consecutive years.

Sources:
Correspondence with the composer.

Rehrig, William H. The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1991.

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