Utahns made out very well in recent auditions for youth soloists, conducted by the Jefferson Orchestra of Denver. This community ensemble, now 30 years old, accepts applications from western pianists and instrumentalists under the age of 20 who wish be soloists in its youth concert, and announces first and second place winners and honorable mention.
First place winners, who will solo with the orchestra, are flutist April Clayton of Bountiful and pianist Mira Gill of Taylorsville. Cellist Janiel Marie Cragun of Logan received second place rating, and pianist Amanda Moody of Provo received honorable mention.- STEPHEN JONES, a native of Murray now residing in Cincinnati, has won the $500 grand prize awarded by the 1990 Composers Guild Annual Composition Contest. Jones' winner composition, "The Image of the Singing Air," is a 9-minute piece for chamber orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra last April with support of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at BYU.
Jones has received prizes in other prestigious contests for his compositions, and is currently the recipient of a $10,000 Ohio Arts Council individual artist fellowship. He is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where in 1989 he earned a doctoral degree in music composition. He has studied with Pulitzer prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner and Bernard Rands, and his works for both acoustic and electronic media have been heard in New York, Chicago and many other American cities. Jones bceame involved with the Composers Guild as a teenager, so "it's nice . . . to now be honored by the organization that helped me so much as a young composer," he said.
His winning number will not be performed at the Composers Guild Spectacular, featuring winning compositions from the 1990 contest by Utah composers. But his "Night of All Nights," a winner in the 1978 guild contest, written when he was 17, will be performed by the Ruth Gatrell Singers. The concert will be on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, and is free.