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August 22, 2005
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

KU graduate student's sacred anthem wins $5,000 Beck Foundation award

LAWRENCE -- Daniel E. Forrest, Jr., an Ottawa doctoral student music and dance graduate in musical arts in composition, recently received the $5,000 John Ness Beck first place award for his outstanding selected sacred choral anthem.

The John Ness Beck Foundation of Marquette, Mich., announced the winners. Established in 1987, the Foundation encourages the writing of traditional sacred choral music. Compositions are nominated by a panel of judges for award consideration.

Forrest won with his setting of "The King of Love My Shepherd Is," published by Beckenhorst Press in 2004. John Rutter received second place for his setting of Psalm 150.

"I never expected to win first place; I thought second or third would be incredible," said Forrest. "I actually wrote this anthem over a few weeks' time, in the early morning in my piano studio, before my first student of the day came, just sitting at the piano enjoying the quiet and the early morning light.

"To think that it ended up being published, selling over 25,000 copies its first year, and then winning this award, is incredible."

Forrest holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He is pursuing his D.M.A. at KU while on leave as a faculty member in the music theory and piano department at BJU. Forrest has published church music for choir, piano, vocal solos, various instrumental solos, string and brass ensembles. He frequently receives commissions for both choral and instrumental works from churches and performing groups, and his works have won several awards and distinctions from various competitions and magazines.

He and his wife, Addy, live in Ottawa. His parents are: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Forrest of Breesport, N.Y.

For more information about this award, contact the School of Fine Arts Music Department at 785-864-3436.

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