KU music composition student wins prestigious award

LAWRENCE — Jason Charney, an award-winning student studying music composition and music theory at the University of Kansas, recently won the Allen Strange Award from the Society of Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). This prize is given to just one student per year. This year’s competition was especially competitive, with more than 100 students competing for the coveted award.

Charney won the contest with his performance of Compass and will perform his winning piece at the SEAMUS National Conference Feb. 9-11 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

Charney, a Kansas native, writes tuneful music for voice and orchestral instruments, as well as electroacoustic and interactive media. He is completing an undergraduate degree in music composition and theory (studying with Professor Kip Haaheim) at KU, where he won the Anthony B. Cius Award for Most Outstanding Student Composer and the Edward M. Mattila Award for Most Outstanding Electronic Music Composer.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742.