Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus Ben Hjertmann ’07 has received the 2014 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for saxophone
The Barlow Endowment for Music Competition at Brigham Young University reviewed over
280 composer applications from 30 countries before selecting Hjertmann as the Barlow
His achievement is “a major honor in the composition world and is among the most significant
professional recognition that Illinois Wesleyan music alumni have received,” said
Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition and Theory David Vayo.
Hjertmann is now assistant professor of composition at Appalachian State University
in North Carolina. His work has been featured at Fast Forward Austin, Midwest Band
and Orchestra Clinics, the conference of the College Band Directors National Association
and the South by Southwest (NonClassical showcase).
Hjertmann earned a bachelor of music in composition from Illinois Wesleyan and a doctor of music in composition from Northwestern
University, where he taught composition, theory, music technology and songwriting
classes. He composes and performs with the avant-folk trio the Grant Wallace Band
and surrealist-pop band Kong Must Dead.