Composition Awards and Recognition
Mr. Warren’s Chicago Poems (Five poems by Carl Sandburg) won second prize in the international ArtSong composition competition sponsored by the American Composers Forum and the Schubert Club of Minneapolis. Scored for mezzo-soprano and piano, the work received its first performance in Munich, Germany, by Petra Kunkel-Freiler with Emily Hooper, piano. It has since been performed at music festivals at University of Manchester (UK), Harvard University, city of Boston, and in Colorado, New York and Illinois.
In addition, his vocal score, Drei Lieder (for mezzo-soprano, violin and violoncello) was chosen First Prize winner of the New Music for Young Ensembles Composition Competition. Subsequent performances by Marni Nixon and The Bronx Arts Ensemble followed at Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall, and at private estates, as this song cycle has become a favorite of singers and audiences alike, with more than 80 performances.
"atmospherically atonal without echoing the Viennese originals..." (Alex Ross, NY Times music critic writing about DREI LIEDER: für Mezzosopran, Geige und Violoncello, for its performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall by Marni Nixon and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. This performance was part of the award for winning first prize in the New Music for Young Performers composition competition.
The composer has also been recipient of the ASCAP Merit Panel Award and is a two-time artist-resident with, and guest of, the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. His awards include Grants from the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Berklee College of Music, a Massachusetts Education Grant, as well as being guest composer with the Thursday Musical Chamber Series of Minneapolis.