A prize-winning composition by Lyle Stutzman ’06 was at the center of a Wichita Chamber Chorale concert.
Stutzman’s “I Am the Lord” was the first-place winner of the 2017 Kansas Choral Composition Prize. The biannual competition, co-sponsored by Wichita Chamber Chorale and Senseney Music, awards a prize of $1,000.
Wichita Chamber Chorale performed Stutzman’s piece in a unique Choral Classics Concert, Solid Ground, in April at East Heights United Methodist Church as part of a celebration of the chorale’s 40th anniversary.
In addition to “I Am the Lord,” familiar spirituals and popular songs were woven together with works by Eric Whitacre and J.S. Bach, among others. The chorale also performed the competition’s second-place winner, “Echo,” by Brock Chart.
The Wichita Chamber Chorale shared the stage with the 60-voice Wichita Community Children’s Choir in an afternoon that raised awareness of homelessness and shared a universal message of hope and inspiration through music.
Stutzman, a music education major and native of Kansas, teaches music at the Elnora (Ind.) Bible Institute and lives in Elnora with his wife and three children.