UNLV Jazz Composition Faculty Jorge Machain Wins International Composition Competition

Jorge Machain Wins International Composition Competition
Jun. 7, 2021

Congratulations to UNLV School of Music jazz composition faculty and alum Jorge Machain (MM Composition ’20), who was recently announced the first prize winner in the Oscar Navarro Music International Young Talented Composer Cometition for his composition "Bite the Bullet" for wind band! He won for his composition “Bite The Bullet”, which was commissioned by UNLV Division of Wind Band Studies professor Tom Leslie, and performed and recorded by the UNLV Wind Orchestra. Jorge's accomplishments in the past year alone are quite remarkable- he was recently named a winner of the 2021 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a semifinalist for the American Prize, and a semifinalist for the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award. Additionally, his composition “Adelante,” commissioned and performed by Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, was premiered lthis spring in New York City by Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival. Jorge was a composition student of Nathan Tanouye, and a trumpet student of Dr. Barbara Hull. These accolades are well deserved- and we're very proud of Jorge!