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Winners of the 2020 David Dalton Viola Research Competition

On behalf of the board of the American Viola Society, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 David Dalton Viola Research Competition. This year the competition received its highest ever number of submissions. The committee was impressed by the breadth and quality of the research and, with the help of the editors at JAVS, looks forward to sharing many of the entries with the viola community.


First Prize winner: 
"The Widmann Viola Concerto: Harold in Italy for the Postmodern Age", Angela Kratchmer. Ms. Kratchmer will receive a cash prize of $400, sponsored by Thomas and Polly Tatton.


Second Prize winner:
"African-American Violists: A Retrospective,” Christopher Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins will receive a cash prize of $200.


Third Prize winner:
"Color in Music: An Analysis of Joan Tower’s Purple Works for Viola", Kasey Calebaugh. Mr. Calebaugh will receive a Henle edition sheet music package including works by Schumann, Reger, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, and Bruch, donated by Hal Leonard Corporation.


Honorable Mention:
"Heinrich Biber, Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa, Partia VII: An Edition for Modern Violas with Critical Commentary,” Chelsea Wimmer


The David Dalton Viola Research Competition is held annually to encourage and support research among our student members. Founded in 1999 and named in honor of the Journal of the American Viola Society’s first editor, the competition offers attractive prizes and the opportunity to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Entries must be original contributions to the field of viola research and may address issues concerning viola literature, history, performers, and pedagogues. 


The Dalton 2020 Competition Committee members were Chair, Renate Falkner (Peabody Preparatory and George Mason University), Daphne Gerling (University of North Texas), and Andy Braddock (Western Kentucky University and Editor, Journal of the American Viola Society). Submissions were judged entirely anonymously and all prize-winning entries, including Honorable Mention, will be published in upcoming editions of JAVS.