Outline Biography

Charles Norman Mason is associate professor of composition at the University of Miami¹s Frost School of Music.


2008 American Composers Orchestra “Playing it Unsafe” award
2005-06 Prix de Rome
2004 International Bassist Society Composition Competition: Honorable Mention
2005 Truman State University MACRO composition competition, Honorable Mention
1998 Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize
2002 First Prize in the Atlanta Clarinet Society Composition Competition
2000 First Prize, Hultgren Biennial
1999-2000 Commission Award from the Music Teachers National Association
1999 Plymouth Music Orchestra Reading fellow
1995 Delius Prize
1997 Honorable Mention in the Tampa Bay Excellence in Composition competition
1996 Dale Warland Singers Commission Prize
1980 Broadcast Music Inc. Award for Young Composers
1986 First Prize in the Panoply of the Arts competition
1988 First Prize in the City Stages Classical Music competition
1989 Honorable mention in the International Bourges Electro-Acoustic Composition Competition

American Composers Orchestra
Gregg Smith Singers
Robert Black
Corona Guitar Quartet
Dale Warland Singers
Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra
Lithium Quartet
West Wind (France)
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
ONIX (Mexico)
Craig Hultgren
Goliard Ensemble

Opera for Youth, Inc.
Karen Bentley Pollick\
Madeleine Shapiro
Ensemble Sirius
Romania Military Wind Ensemble
Miami String Quartet

1994 NEA Individual Composer Grant
Four grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts
Four Meet the Composer Grants
Creative Leadership Grant from 3M

Mason's works have been performed by a many notable soloists and ensembles including but not limited to:

American Composers Orchestra Plymouth Orchestra
Fairbanks Orchestra
Alabama Symphony
West Wind (France)
ICE (Minnesota)
Andiamo Ensemble
Golliard Ensemble
Onix Ensemble (Mexico)
Gregg Smith Singers
Dale Warland Singers
N/S Consonance
Proteus Ensemble (Aspen)
Washington Square Cont. Music
Miami String Quartet

Festivals featuring Mason’s works
Aspen Summer Music Festival
Foro Internacional de Música Nueva
Bucharest New Music Days

Recordings on the following labels (available Amazon.com): ermMedia “Masterworks of the New Era”, "Planos: Actus Clasics Recording CDJ 1222, Living Artist Recordings (volumes 1, 2, 4); SEAMUS Recordings (volumes 2, 6), Innova Records, and Capstone Records