PhD Composer Justin Weiss Receives Prix Langage Musical Prize

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The Department of Music is proud to share that PhD Fellow in Composition Justin Weiss received the Prix Langage Musical from Les Écoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau. The Prix Langage Musical award is the music theory prize for the well-known course of study designed by Nadia Boulanger at the summer music program in Fontainebleau, France. 

The Fontainebleau Schools offer a unique summer program for both musicians and architects. Set in the magnificent chateau and town of Fontainebleau, about 40 miles southeast of Paris, the program has a rich tradition dating back to its inception in 1921. The music conservatory offers individual study and chamber music. Pianists and composers also study harmony, analysis, fugue and counterpoint. The architecture, or fine arts, school brings together different artistic disciplines in order to explore new ways of seeing, thinking, and making architecture.  At Fontainebleau, these disciplines often intersect in surprising and unusual ways. Music and architecture students live and dine together, attend lectures and concerts, and have field trips in common. Students are encouraged to observe one another’s work and collaborate on projects.

Weiss was awarded the Prix Langage Musical for his work in the harmony and music theory curriculum. During his time at Fontainebleau, Weiss also wrote a new piece titled Seeing Through for viola and piano.

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About Justin Weiss

Justin Weiss is a Chicago-based composer whose music engages with the intersection of lyricism, liminality, fragility, and textural play through captivating formal trajectories. Justin’s music has been performed internationally by ensembles and musicians such as Quatuor Diotima, Vertixe Sonora, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CHROMA Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Encore Wind Ensemble, and Colin Currie. Justin has received awards and recognitions from YoungArts, ASCAP, Encore Wind Ensemble, and Tribeca New Music.