Past GYCF Festival Finalists

making a mark on the choral world



Daniel Elder

2012: Daniel Elder

Daniel ElderDaniel Elder (b. 1986) is from Athens, Georgia (BM, University of Georgia 2010; MM, Westminster Choir College 2012). Daniel’s compositions have been extensively performed domestically by high school All-State and regional honors choirs as well as renowned college ensembles, including a 2013 appearance at the national ACDA conference. Internationally he has been performed as part of Italy’s Montu Beccaria festival in 2009 and a recent recording in London by the internationally acclaimed Eric Whitacre Singers. Competition awards include prizes in the Georgia Young Composers Festival, the Southeastern Composers League, The Choral Project, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and one of eight worldwide winners of the Abbey Road Studios 80th Anniversary Anthem Competition. 




2009: Chris Owenby

Composer Chris Owenby (b. 1986, Atlanta, GA) holds a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from LaGrange College. Following his 2009 win of the 2009 Georgia Young Composer's Competition, Owenby's music received recognition at the College Music Society's 2010 and 2011 National Conferences, the College Music Society's 2012 Southern Regional Conference and the Vox Reflexa's New Millenium Composer's Forum CD Project. His music has been published by Emerson Music and Imagine Music publishing companies and has aired on National Public Radio as well as several regional and internet radio stations. Currently, Owenby serves as Minister of Music and Other Arts at Kennesaw United Methodist Church, teaches music theory and composition at the Master's Academy in Kennesaw, and teaches piano and composition at the Harmony House in Kennesaw.

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