Trevecca Nazarene University

Music instructor David Sartor earns 3rd place in national chamber music national competition

David P. Sartor, a composer and an adjunct professor in Trevecca’s Department of Music, won third place in The American Prize in Chamber Music Composition Competition, 2013, a national contest for composers. Sartor won in the professional division for his work "Polygon—for brass quintet." He was selected from applications reviewed this spring from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. Founded in 2009, The American Prize is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Complete information is available at

Sartor has received awards and accolades for his compositions. He received the prestigious Ostwald Award from the American Bandmasters Association, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than two dozen awards from New Music for Young Ensembles, Meet the Composer, Delta Omicron, and ASCAP, among others. Sartor is a popular guest composer, conductor, and lecturer. He whose engagements include the Washington National Cathedral, Illinois State University, Middle Tennessee State University, the Nexus Chamber Orchestra and California State University, sponsored by New York City’s Meet the Composer Foundation. In recognition of his accomplishments as a composer and conductor, he was inducted into the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. His works are recorded on the ERM label; published by E.C. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, and Metamorphic Music; and distributed worldwide by the J. W Pepper Web site (

The Department of Music congratulates David for this honor. His commitment to the development of his own skill as a composer is an important asset in his instructing and mentoring of students and a great example to his colleagues as well,” said David Diehl, chair of the department.