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Robert M. Stevenson Prize
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Purpose : To honor ethnomusicologists who are also composers by awarding a composition prize to a current member of SEM, or to a deceased former member of SEM (in recognition of either a particular work or of an entire oeuvre), and to assure a Stevenson Prize concert program at the SEM Annual Meeting, at which compositions by current or former SEM members are performed. The concert features one or more of the prize-winning works, including the winner or co-winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions.

Eligibility : Any SEM member is eligible to submit either a nomination, or a composition (at most one submission per prize cycle).

Prize : Up to $1,000, depending on investment earnings and concert arrangements.

Regularity : Awarded biennially. Will be awarded in 2019.

Administration : A prize committee will consist of no fewer than three members appointed by the President in consultation with the Board of Directors. The prize winner in a given year will be appointed to the committee for the following award year. Prize money will be divided between a monetary award offered to the winner and support for the concert. The committee will consider both nominations (of particular works, or composers), and compositions, according to the process outlined below.

Application Process: All submissions for the prize must be made in electronic format through our online application form. Submissions are of two types: (a) nominations of ethnomusicologist-composers other than the submitter (self-nominations are not allowed), and (b) compositions by the submitter (self-nominations are required). Each SEM member may submit at most once in each year when the prize is offered (i.e., an SEM member may nominate one composer, or submit one composition).

For Application Process Details, please click here. For the Submission Form, please click here.

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2019.

Submit Application Form: Complete online application form.



Cydonie Banting. "Crane Songs."


Charles Lwanga. "Best Be."


Steven Loza.

Michael Tenzer.


Ali Jihad Racy. In Recognition of his Stellar Achievements in both Ethnomusicology and Composition.


Andrew Clay McGraw. "Radical Tradition: Balinese Musik Kontemporer." Ethnomusicology  53(1):115-141, 2009.


Ethan Lechner. "Composers as Ethnographers: Difference in the Imaginations of Colin McPhee, Henry Cowell, and Lou Harrison." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008.


Chou Wen-Chung.  Locating East Asia in Western Art Music, ed. By Yayoi Uno Everett and Frederick Lau, Wesleyan University Press, 2004.


Michael Tenzer. "Jose Maceda and the Paradoxes of Modern Composition in Southeast Asia."  Ethnomusicology 47(1). 93-120. 2003.

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