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Upcoming Events

February 27, 2017
World Premiere of Aspirations for Woodwind Quintet by the Blair Woodwind Quintet, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

March 23, 2017
World Premiere of Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Michael Arndt (trumpet) and Maeve Brophy (piano), Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

March 23, 2017
World Premiere of Sixes and Sevens for unaccompanied cello by Stephen Drake, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Past Events

December 11, 2016
Performance of Veni Emmanuel by the Indiana Wind Symphony, Charles Conrad, Music Director, Carmel, IN

November 17, 2016
Trevecca Symphony Orchestra Concert, David P. Sartor, Conductor, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN View on Demand

November 14, 2016
Performance of Governor's Cup March by the Cedar Creek Community Band, David P. Sartor, Guest Conductor, Heydel Fine Arts Theater, Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN

November 13, 2016
Performance of Dies Irae by the Bay Colony Brass, Patrick Valentino, Music Director, Lexington, MA

August 14, 2016
Parthenon Chamber Orchestra Concert, David P. Sartor, Music Director and Conductor, Tarter Student Activity Center, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

July 30, 2016
Performance of Black Ball Counts Double for String Orchestra at the International Conductors' Festival, Wilderness Trail Distillery, by the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra from Manchester, England, Andrew J. Lyon Conducting, Danville, KY

July 29, 2016
Performance of Black Ball Counts Double for String Orchestra at the International Conductors' Festival, Norton Center for the Arts – Weisiger Theatre. by the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra from Manchester, England, Andrew J. Lyon Conducting, Danville, KY

July 16, 2016
Performance of Dies Irae for Brass and Timpani at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Sewanee, TN

November 8, 2015
Performance of Reveries by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Kayoko Dan, Music Director, Chattanooga, TN.

September 9, 2015
ASCAP Composer Career Workshop with Alex Shapiro and Jim Kendrick, 2:00-6:00 pm, Benson Auditorium, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210

August 16, 2015
Parthenon Chamber Orchestra Inaugural Concert, 3:00 pm, at Tarter Student Activity Center, Trevecca Nazarene University, David P. Sartor, Music Director, Nashville, TN.

July 18, 2015
Performance of Ascension for Brass and Timpani at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Alexander Shuhan, Conductor, Sewanee, TN.

July 11, 2015
Performance of Polygon for Brass Quintet at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the Sewanee Faculty Brass Quintet, Sewanee, TN.

April 27, 2015
Performance of Reveries by the Tennessee State University String Orchestra, Deidre Vaughn Emerson, Conductor, Nashville, TN.

December 6, 2014
Performance of Crimson for Brass, Timpani, Percussion and Optional Organ at the Festival of Carols and Lessons, by the Mercer University Brass Choir, Macon, GA

July 19, 2014
World Premiere of Crimson for Brass, Timpani, Percussion and Optional Organ at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Mark Babbitt, Conductor Sewanee, TN.

April 27, 2014
Performance of Meditation for Cello and Piano by Alicia Randisi-Hooker, cello and Erica Sipes, piano at CelloFest 2014: Violoncello Americano, 3:00pm EDT, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Blacksburg, 1311 Gladewood Road, Blacksburg, VA.

April 13, 2014
Performance of When Jesus Wept for Organ by Constance Peebles at Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, Swainsboro, GA.

January 11, 2014
Performance of Governor's Cup March by the All Mid-State Silver Band, Jay Dawson, conducting, at 3:00 pm, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

December 15, 2013
World Premiere of Amid The Cruel Winter Snow (Composition Contest Winner) by the New Haven Oratorio Choir and harpist Grace Cloutier at The Church of the Redeemer, New Haven, CT, Daniel Shaw, Director.

November 24, 2013
World Premiere of Celebration for Trumpet and Organ by Stephen K. Bottom, trumpet and John Cantrell, Organ at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, New York, NY.

November 14, 2013
Performance of Reveries by the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, David Sartor conducting.

June 24, 2013
World Premiere of Prologue - Fanfare for 3 Trumpets (dedicated to the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program on the occasion of their 25th anniversary) at the BOA/Yamaha Music For All Symposium at Ball State University, Muncie, IN. by Stephen K. Bottom, Chad Winkler and Joshua Gilbert, as the opening work on the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Winners' Recital.

May 5, 2013
Visiting Composer and Speaker, Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville, TN. Performances of Simple Blessing for Organ and Open Door for Organ by Vine Street Organist Julia Callaway, and Psalm 67 for SATB Chorus, Organ and Trumpet by the Vine Street Chancel Choir, T. J. McLaughlin, Director.

October 19, 2012
Performance of Meditation for Cello and Piano by Atlanta Symphony Cellist Paul Warner, Atlanta, GA.

July 21, 2012
World Premiere of Cat's Eye for Brass at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Sewanee, TN, Mark Babbitt, Conductor.
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July 4, 2012
Performance of Governor's Cup March by the Indiana Wind Symphony at CarmelFest, Carmel, IN, Charles Conrad, Music Director.

June 7, 2012
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir at Loma Linda University Church, Loma Linda, CA

April 16, 2012
Performance of Remembrance by Flutist Shelley Binder and Pianist Dianne Frazer at St. Alban's Chapel, Louisiana State University, 7:30 pm, Baton Rouge, LA .

March 18, 2012
Performance of Remembrance by Flutist Shelley Binder and Pianist Fay Adams on the Cleveland Flute Society Recital, 1:30 pm, Judson Park, 2181 Ambleside Road, Cleveland, OH.

December 2, 2011
Performance of Veni Emmanuel by the Indiana Wind Symphony, Indianapolis, IN, Charles Conrad, Music Director.

November 15, 2011
Radio broadcast of Metamorphic Fanfare on KLCC FM, Eugene, OR.

November 12, 2011
Performance of Dies Irae by the MTSU Symphonic Brass at the MTSU Brass Clinic, T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Michael Arndt, Conductor.
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November 5, 2011
Performance of Reveries by the Northern Neck Orchestra, Lancaster Middle School Theater, Kilmarnock, VA, Guy Hayden, Conductor.

July 25, 2011
Radio broadcast of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's November 19, 2010 performance of Metamorphic Fanfare on WUOT FM, Knoxville, Tennessee at 8:00 pm EDST, 7:00 pm CDST.

July 23, 2011
World Premiere of Parabola for Brass and Timpani at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Sewanee, TN, Mark Babbitt, Conductor.
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May 22, 2011
World Premiere of Meditation for Cello and Piano by Nashville Symphony Associate Principal Cellist Julia Tanner and pianist Sarah Huffman, Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville, TN.
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April 28, 2011
Performance of Governor's Cup March by the McGavock High School Wind Ensemble, 7:00 pm, McGavock High School, Nashville, TN, David Sartor conducting. (Kenton J. Hull Jr. Memorial Concert)
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February 26, 2011
Performance of Remembrance by Flutist Shelley Binder and Pianist Fay Adams, 8:00 pm, Alumni Memorial Performance Hall, Room 32, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

November 19, 2010
Performance of Metamorphic Fanfare by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 8:00 pm, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN, Lucas Richman, Music Director

November 18, 2010
Performance of Metamorphic Fanfare by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 8:00 pm, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN, Lucas Richman, Music Director

July 17, 2010
World Premiere of Governor's Cup March by the Two Rivers / McGavock High School Alumni Band, Hotel Preston, Nashville, TN, David Sartor conducting

June 27, 2010
Performance of Reveries by the Nexus Chamber Orchestra (inaugural concert), 4:00 pm, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Brentwood, TN, David Sartor conducting

May 15, 2010
Performance of Polygon on the Master's Recital of Preston Bailey, 1:00 pm, University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, MO.

March 21, 2010
Performance of Synergistic Parable by the Indiana Wind Symphony, 7:30 pm, Zionsville Performing Arts Center, 1000 Mulberry Street, Zionsville, IN, Charles Conrad, Music Director

March 9, 2010
Performance of Remembrance by Flutist Shelley Binder and Pianist Geneva Fung, 6:00 pm, Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.

February 28, 2010
World Premiere of Remembrance by Flutist Shelley Binder and Pianist Fay Adams, 8:00 pm, Alumni Memorial Building, Room 32, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

November 13, 2009
Performance of Synergistic Parable by the Middle Tennessee State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 pm, T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Reed Thomas, Director

October 10, 2009
Performance of Reveries by the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg, VA, Guy Hayden, Conductor

July 25, 2009
World Premiere of Ascension at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Sewanee, TN

July 17, 2009
World Premiere of Passages (Thor Johnson Memorial Commission) by the Atlantis String Quartet at the Delta Omicron Triennial Conference, Cincinnati, OH

May 30, 2009
Performance of Reveries (Winner, 2009 Composers Competition) by the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Music Building Recital Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Michael Hopkins, Music Director
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May 29, 2009
World Premiere of Reveries (Winner, 2009 Composers Competition) by the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, VT, Michael Hopkins, Music Director
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November 19, 2008
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir by the Malone College Brass Ensemble, Canton, OH

November 11, 2008
Performance of Step by Step, at the Kentucky New Music Festival, Lexington, KY

November 6, 2008
Performance of Step by Step, Salle de concert Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Montréal, Canada

October 16-18, 2008
Performance of Step by Step, as part of the 60x60 Project at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

October 16-18, 2008
Performance of Convocation, as part of the 60x60 Project at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

October 4, 2008
Performance of Dies Irae at the Nashville Symphony's "Day of Music" by the MTSU Symphonic Brass, 12:00 noon, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN, Michael Arndt, Conductor.

September 19, 2008
Performance of Dies Irae by the MTSU Symphonic Brass, 7:30 pm, T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Michael Arndt, Conductor.

July 19, 2008
World Premiere of Dies Irae at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by the SSMF Festival Brass, Sewanee, TN, David Brockett, Conductor.

April 13, 2008
Performance of Metamorphic Fanfare by the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, Santa Monica High School - Barnum Hall, 600 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, Sean Newhouse, Music Director.

February 18, 2008
Guest Composer, Composition Seminar, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

May 20, 2007
World Premiere of Veni Emmanuel by the Indiana Wind Symphony, Indianapolis, IN, Charles Conrad, Music Director.

March 21, 2007
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir by the Malone College Brass Ensemble, Canton, OH

December 24, 2006
Performance of Thy Light Is Come at Midnight Mass, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Great Falls, VA, Neil Weston, Director.

November 2006
Performance of Psalm 67, by the Clarendon United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA, J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director.

November 18, 2006
Performance of Polygon, by the Broad Street Brass Quintet, at the 2006 MTSU Brass Performance Clinic, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

November 8, 2006
Polygon, by the Broad Street Brass Quintet, 6:00 pm, Hinton Recital Hall, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

October 26, 2006
Performance of Polygon, at the Society of Composers Inc. Regional Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

October 12, 2006
Performance of Convocation, as part of the 60x60 Project at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

September 7, 2016
Radio broadcast of Metamorphic Fanfare on WPRB FM, Princeton, NJ.

April 23, 2005
Performance of Black Ball Counts Double (world premiere) by the Mission Chamber Orchestra, San Jose, California, Emily Ray, Music Director.

April 8 and 9, 2005
Performances of Metamorphic Fanfare by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne, Florida, Christopher Confessore, Music Director.

March 13, 2005
Performance of When Jesus Wept for organ at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ray Ebert, Organist.

March 13, 2005
Performance of When Jesus Wept for organ at Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Julia Callaway, Organist.

December 11,12, and 13, 2004
Performance of Thy Light Is Come by the Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C., J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director.

June 5, 2004
Performance of Synergistic Parable for Concert Band at the Dore Theatre, Bakersfield, CA, by the California State University Bakersfield Concert Band, David Sartor conducting.
May 7, 2003
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir at the 125th Anniversary Delebration of the Cincinnatu Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH, by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department Brass Choir, Paul Hillner. Conductor.


April 13, 2003
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir at St. Fidelis Church, Manhattan, KS, by the Kansas State University Brass Ensemble, Gary Mortenson, Director.

April 6, 2003
When Jesus Wept for organ at Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Julia Callaway, Organist.

March 22, 2003
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, conducted by Paul Hillner.

January 19, 2003
Performance of Alleluja from Anthem VI-B for Brass Choir at Bethel Lutheran Church, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Jayne Southwick Cool, Director.

September 15, 2002
Performance of Simple Blessing for organ (premiere) at Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Julia Callaway, Organist.


Sartor Wins Twenty-Seventh Consecutive ASCAP Award

November 10, 2015 - David Sartor has been notified by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers that he is the recipient of an ASCAP Plus award for 2015-2016.

The ASCAP Plus awards, announced annually, serve to recognize and reward composers whose works have a unique prestige value beyond the scope of performance surveys. Award winners are selected each year by an independent panel of distinguished experts.

This is the twenty-seventh consecutive year that Sartor has received this award.


Composer David Sartor named HONORED ARTIST of The American Prize

November 20, 2014 Middle Tennessee Composer and Conductor David P. Sartor is one of only five American composers chosen nationwide as an Honored Artist of The American Prize.

The American Prize competitions are unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States. Honored Artists are individuals who have proven themselves to be musicians of “sustained excellence" over a number of seasons as contestants in the national competitions. In the past three years, Sartor's compositions have earned prizes in the Chamber Music Composition and Choral Music Composition Divisions, and have also achieved Finalist status five times in the Orchestral, Band/Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music Composition Divisions.

“The American Prize has auditioned many works by these five composers over several seasons,” said Maestro David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize. “Each of the five exhibits a unique voice, a substantial catalog, multiple performances and serious intent. Each deserves every opportunity to be heard. We are delighted to bring added attention to their considerable gifts.”

Sartor is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Trevecca Nazarene University and is Music Director of the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra. His many published compositions are widely performed nationally and internationally and have been recognized with prestigious awards which include the American Bandmasters Association’s Ostwald Prize for Symphonic Wind Ensemble Music, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than three dozen awards from ASCAP, New Music for Young Ensembles, the Delta Omicron Foundation, Meet The Composer Foundation, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2009, Sartor was the recipient of the Delta Omicron Foundation's Thor Johnson Memorial Commission, and was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron in recognition of his accomplishments as a composer and conductor.


Sartor Compositions Advance to Finals in Three Composition Divisions of "The American Prize"

July 7, 2014 Three compositions by David P. Sartor have advanced to Finalist status in the ongoing judging of the Composition Divisions of the 2014 American Prizes, national awards celebrating American excellence in the arts. It was announced this month that Sartor is a Finalist in the Chamber Music Composition Division, the Band/Wind Ensemble Composition Division, and the Orchestra Composition Division of the prestigious awards.

Sartor is a Wilson County based concert music composer and conductor, and is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. His many published compositions are widely performed nationally and internationally and have been recognized with prestigious awards which include the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Prize for Symphonic Wind Ensemble Music, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than two dozen awards from ASCAP, New Music for Young Ensembles, the Delta Omicron Foundation, Meet The Composer Foundation, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Oratorio Chorus, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, among others.

The final round of judging continues in the weeks ahead, with the winners in each category slated to be determined and announced in early August.


New Sartor Chamber Work a Winner in Sewanee King Beetle Contest

May 7, 2014 - SCARAB!, a new work for Flute, Bassoon and Harp by David P. Sartor, has won Second Place in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival's 2014 King Beetle Composition Contest.

Sartor's 4-minute work musically depicts the legend of Sewanee's King Beetle.


New Sartor Choral Composition Wins National Composition Contest

October 18, 2013 - Amid The Cruel Winter Snow, a new work for SATB choir and harp by David P. Sartor, has won First Place in the New Haven Oratorio Choir's Composition Contest. Sartor's composition will be premiered by the choir and harpist Grace Cloutier under the direction of Artistic Director Daniel Shaw at their December 15, 2013 winter concert, at the Church of the Redeemer, New Haven, CT.


Sartor Receives Double Honors in Composition Divisions of "The American Prize"

July 8, 2013 For the second consecutive year, compositions by David P. Sartor have received high honors in two Professional Composition Divisions of the 2013 American Prizes, national awards celebrating American excellence in the arts. His Polygon for Brass Quintet was awarded Third Place in the Chamber Music Division, and his Synergistic Parable was named as a Finalist in the Band/Wind Ensemble Division.

Sartor is a Wilson County based concert music composer and conductor, and is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. His many published compositions are widely performed nationally and internationally and have been recognized with prestigious awards which include the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Prize for Symphonic Wind Ensemble Music, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than two dozen awards from ASCAP, New Music for Young Ensembles, the Delta Omicron Foundation, Meet The Composer Foundation, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In writing about Polygon, the judges praised the work's "skill and motivic rigor in its thematic treatment, with idiomatic parts, varied textures, and gleaming brass sonorities."

Both Polygon and Synergistic Parable have been previously honored with other awards as well - Polygon with the National Fine Arts Award, and Synergistic Parable with the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Award.

"It's so gratifying to be honored in this manner in a competition of national scope," said Sartor. "This is a wonderful opportunity to call attention to the fact that today's concert music composers do not all live in New York or on the West Coast. Wherever performing ensembles may be located across the nation, there are probably excellent composers in their back yards."


Prologue Premiere Opens Yamaha National Concert, Establishes Annual Tradition

June 24, 2013 - Prologue, a new fanfare for 3 trumpets by David P. Sartor, was premiered at the BOA/Yamaha Music For All Symposium at Ball State University on June 24, 2013 as the opening work on the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Winners' Recital. The piece was composed for and dedicated to the YYPA Program on the occasion of their 25th anniversary, and was premiered by (left to right above) Stephen K. Bottom (BACH Conn-Selmer Trumpet Artist and Clinician), Joshua Gilbert (2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Winner) and Chad Winkler (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra).

The premiere of Prologue was so enthusiastically received by the large audience that the Yamaha Corporation announced it will be used to open the Winners' Concert every year.


Sartor Compositions Garner National Honors in Both Composition Divisions of "The American Prize"

May 31, 2012 - Compositions by David P. Sartor have received high honors in both Composition Divisions of The 2012 American Prize, national awards celebrating American excellence in the arts. His "Thy Light is Come" for chorus, organ, brass and timpani won Third Place in the Choral Composition Division, and his "Portent and Apotheosis" was named a Finalist in the Orchestral Composition Division.


Sartor Inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron


July 17, 2009 - David Sartor has been named as the newest National Patron of Delta Omicron, based on his accomplishments as a composer and conductor.

Delta Omicron is a co-educational international professional music honors fraternity founded to create and foster fellowship, to develop character and to arouse and encourage the appreciation of good music and performance. The title of "Patron" is conferred by the organization upon a distinguished musician who has attained a national reputation in his or her field. With his induction, Sartor joins an elite roster of current and past composers, conductors, performers and educators which includes Samuel Barber, Beverly Sills, William Bolcom, Kenneth Schermerhorn, and Lucas Foss.

Sartor was also the recipient of the Delta Omicron Foundation's Thor Johnson Memorial Commission, awarded to every three years to an eminent concert music composer. The commission funds the creation of a new work to be featured at the organization’s Triennial Conference. Sartor's induction as a National Patron was presided over by Dr. Jonny Ramsey, Delta Omicron International President, and took place at the Delta Omicron Triennial Conference in Cincinnati following the premiere of his Passages for String Quartet by the Atlantis String Quartet.


Sartor Named to Who's Who in America® for Fifth Consecutive Year

June 24, 2009 - Composer David Sartor has been notified that his biography will be included in the 64th Edition of Who's Who in America®, published by the Marquis Corporation.  Inclusion in the exclusive volume is limited to men and women who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their respective fields, and who have also contributed significantly to contemporary society. This is Sartor's fifth consecutive year to be profiled in the publication.

For over 100 years, Who's Who in America® has compiled and published biographies of notable Americans.  The publication is the leading reference for executives, journalists, personnel recruiters, librarians, researchers, students, and many others who seek in-depth and dependable biographical information on America's leaders.


Reveries Wins Burlington Chamber Orchestra's Composer Competition


February 10, 2009 - The Burlington (VT) Chamber Orchestra has announced that David Sartor's Reveries for String Orchestra has been named as the winner of their 2009 Composers Competition. The work will be premiered on May 29, 2009 and May 30, 2009 by the BCO on the final concerts of their 2008-2009 season.

Founded in the summer of 2007 and now in their second season, the BCO is one of two professional orchestras in Vermont.


Sartor Awarded Delta Omicron's "Thor Johnson Memorial Commission"

June 29, 2007 - Nashville composer David P. Sartor has been selected by the Delta Omicron Foundation as the recipient of the Thor Johnson Memorial Commission.

Delta Omicron is a professional international fraternity in the field of music, with chapters established throughout the United States and abroad. The Thor Johnson Memorial Commission, awarded every three years to a distinguished concert music composer, funds the creation of a new work to be featured at the organization’s Triennial Conference. Sartor will compose a piece for string quartet that will be premiered at the 2009 Triennial Conference, which also coincides with the 100th anniversary of Delta Omicron.

“Fulfilling this commission will be a special pleasure for me, as Dr. Johnson was the conductor of the Nashville Symphony for many years and played a significant role in my own musical development,” said Sartor. “I am honored to be chosen to celebrate his legacy and to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Delta Omicron.”


Reveries Advances to Finals in "2007 Adagio Composition Contest"

June 26, 2007 - The Fauxharmonic Orchestra has announced that David Sartor's Reveries for String Orchestra has been named as one of three finalists in the Orchestra's 2007 Adagio Composition Contest.

Concerning the three finalists, Maestro Paul Henry Smith wrote, "These works clearly stood out in their ability to evoke sadness. They are also very well made pieces of music. They capture your attention, speak in an almost personal style, and leave you wanting to hear the piece again."

Sartor's piece was selected from more than 165 compositions entered in the contest.


Concerto for Orchestra a Finalist in Columbia Orchestra's "American Composer Competition"

February 28, 2007 - The Columbia Symphony Orchestra has announced that David Sartor's Concerto for Orchestra has been named as a finalist in the American Composer Competition. The competition is held biannually by the orchestra to foster the creation and performance of orchestral music by American composers.


Sartor's Orchestral Works Selected for Release on ERM Media's "Masterworks of the New Era" CD Series



I n my role as a conductor and producer of recordings with orchestras, I get to see, sample and perform an astonishing array of new music. In this capacity, I run across a lot of music of all qualities.

David Sartor's music is like a breath of fresh air! It is well thought out and the work of a true craftsman. His musical lines and textures, while being new and - dare I say - 'modern', are completely idiomatic and fresh sounding without being annoying and self-serving. The CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA is a true tour-de-force for the ensemble and quite a treat to conduct. His METAMORPHIC FANFARE is fresh and invigorating.

I have recorded and conducted both works and am truly impressed by the pieces and by the composer. These are very cool pieces!

- Robert Ian Winstin
Conductor, Masterworks of the New Era Label, ERM Media



Three of David Sartor's orchestral compositions - Metamorphic Fanfare, Concerto for Orchestra, and Black Ball Counts Double - have been selected for release under ERM Media's prestigious "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series. The works have been recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, with Robert Ian Winstin conducting. Sartor's three works were selected from more than 1,100 compositions considered for the recording sessions.

Metamorphic Fanfare was commissioned and premiered by the Knoxville (TN) Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Music Director. It has been praised by performers, conductors, critics and audiences as "instantly appealing," "fascinatingly complex," "wonderfully crafted, "cunningly clever," "a real crowd-pleaser," "fun to play," and "a wonderful addition to the repertoire." Metamorphic Fanfare was recorded in July 2005 and was released in March 2006 on Masterworks of the New Era Volume 8.

The second work, Sartor's twelve-minute Concerto for Orchestra, employs an eclectic palette ranging from the pointillistic to the lyrical. In the tradition of Bela Bartok's work of the same name, the musical materials are explored in a continuously unfolding development of both timbre and motive, painted in exotic textures that include piccolo and contrabassoon solos and even an extended tuba cadenza. Concerto for Orchestra was recently named as a Finalist in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra's "American Composer Competition." It will be released on Masterworks of the New Era Volume 17.

The final work, Black Ball Counts Double, received a commendation in the 2003 Oare International Composing Competition, based in England. It was premiered on April 23, 2005 by the Mission Chamber Orchestra, San Jose, California, Emily Ray, Music Director. Black Ball Counts Double was recorded in late 2006 and will be included in Masterworks of the New Era Volume 12, scheduled for release in the Winter of 2008.

The ERM label strives to bring masterworks of our era into the mainstream through landmark recordings with great orchestras and worldwide distribution to major radio and television markets, brick & mortar stores, internet stores and print media. The "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series is available through major record outlets and enjoys airplay on radio stations around the globe.

Scores and parts for David Sartor's compositions are available from Metamorphic Music.


Thy Light Is Come Featured in Cathedral Choral Society's "The Joy of Christmas" Concerts at Washington National Cathedral

"Few concerts in the Washington (D.C.) area are more anticipated than the Cathedral Choral Society's annual "Joy of Christmas" concerts at the Washington National Cathedral."


"J. Reilly Lewis and his Cathedral Choral Society can be counted on to deliver the richest and smartest of Washington's Christmas concerts."



December 11-13, 2004 - Composer David Sartor's Thy Light Is Come was prominently showcased in our nation's capital during the 2004 Christmas season. The piece was performed three times to a total audience of 10,000 at Washington National Cathedral by the 240-voice Cathedral Choral Society with the Washington Brass, timpani and organ, conducted by CCS Music Director J. Reilly Lewis.

At the request of Dr. Lewis, Sartor created a new version of his Thy Light Is Come that added brass and timpani. The festive composition was the concluding work on each of the Choral Society's critically acclaimed “The Joy of Christmas” concerts, which also included the world premiere of Libby Larsen's The Shepherds and the Angels (in English and Aramaic), and We Sing Thy Birth by Stephen Paulus.

Sartor was on hand for the first two performances on December 11th and 12th. Prior to each concert he addressed audience members and also participated in a lively panel discussion with Larsen and CCS Chorus Master Christine Shuart, moderated by WGMS / WTOP’s “Man About Town” Bob Madigan.

Washington National Cathedral is located on Wisconsin Avenue just north of Massachusetts Avenue. More information is available on the Cathedral's website. Additional details about the Cathedral Choral Society's current concert season can be found on the Choral Society's website.


Pre-concert Panel Discussion. Left to right: Libby Larsen, Moderator Bob Madigan, Sartor.


Sartor Completes "Meet The Composer" Residency at California State University Bakersfield


June 6, 2004 - David Sartor was Guest Composer and Conductor at California State University Bakersfield from June 3-5, 2004, in a mini-residency co-sponsored by Meet The Composer Inc. and the CSUB Music Department, Dr. Doug Davis, Chair.

Over the three days Sartor was featured in a number of events, including teaching master classes and leading discussions of his music with students, area musicians and the public. The residency concluded with a Saturday evening concert by the CSUB Concert Band on which Sartor conducted his Synergistic Parable, winner of the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Award for Symphonic Band Music Composition.

Meet The Composer is a New York-based organization whose mission is to increase opportunities for professional composers by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music. Composers apply for the highly competitive grants in conjunction with a sponsoring organization, and all events funded by Meet The Composer are open to the public.



Black Ball Counts Double Receives "Highly Commended" Award in Oare International Composing Competition

December 2, 2003 - The string orchestra version of David Sartor's Black Ball Counts Double has been honored with a "Highly Commended" award in the Oare String Orchestra's Third Annual International Music for Strings Composition Contest.

The contest, based in England, attracted entries from around the globe.


Recording Session Completed

February 6, 2004 - The Nevsky String Quartet has recorded the string quartet version of David Sartor's Black Ball Counts Double in St. Petersburg, Russia.