Ogonek: ‘Honor to have my work recognized in such an incredible way’

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumna Elizabeth Ogonek is one of 16 recipients of this year’s American Academy of Arts and Letters awards in music.

Elizabeth Ogonek

Elizabeth Ogonek

Ogonek received a $7,500 Charles Ives scholarship, granted to composition students of great promise. Candidates for the music awards are nominated by members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and awards will be presented at the organization’s annual ceremony in May.

“I am beyond thrilled to be receiving the Charles Ives Scholarship,” Ogonek told Art at IU via email. “It’s such an honor to have my work recognized in such an incredible way by some of today’s leading composers and by an institution that so readily supports the arts. I’m humbled that they’ve chosen to invest in my ideas and continued growth as a young composer. I have no plans on how I will use my award money, but I suspect it will come in handy when I return to the U.S. from my studies in London.”

A 2009 Beinecke Scholar, Ogonek is studying for a doctorate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Julian Anderson as a 2012 Marshall Scholar. She graduated from the Jacobs School of Music in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in composition, where she was a member of the Hutton Honors College. She also has a master’s degree in composition from the University of Southern California.

She has been commissioned and performed by the Brillaner Duo; Indiana University Concert Orchestra; horn player Alma Maria Liebrecht; Dinosaur Annex; the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra; members of eighth blackbird; members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She has received fellowships to the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center.

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