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Jon Christopher Nelson, professor of composition studies and the associate dean of operations for the College of Music at UNT, was awarded the International Computer Music Association's 2012 America's Region Award at the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
This recognition is provided by an international jury that evaluates more than 500 conference composition submissions from around the world in a double-blind, two-tiered adjudication process. The international jury provides one award for the highest ranked composition in each of three international regions: The Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific regions. Nelson's composition, Turbulent Blue, was the highest ranked composition from the Americas region, and is featured on the conference CD.
Nelson’s electroacoustic music compositions have been performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has been honored with numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Commission. He is the recipient of Luigi Russolo and Bourges Prizes and was recently awarded the Bourges Euphonies d'Or prize. In addition to his electro-acoustic works, Nelson has composed a variety of acoustic compositions that have been performed by ensembles such as the New World Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, and others. He has composed in residence at Sweden's national Electronic Music Studios and at IMEB in Bourges, France. His works can be heard on the Bourges, Russolo Pratella, Innova, CDCM, NEUMA, ICMC, and SEAMUS labels.