Alabama Orchestra Association
2014 Winner

Important Dates


December 15, 2017
Music Mailed
February 8-11, 2018
All-State Festival

AOA Commissions


2006
Philip Warton
There was a Star Danced
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2004
James Lee III
Through the Eyes of Time
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2002
James Woodward
Landscapes for Orchestra
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2001
James Grant
House of Mirrors
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2000
Stella Sung
Mythical Tales of Extar
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2014 Composition Winner

The Alabama Orchestra Association is pleased to announce that Michael-Thomas Foumai is the 2014 winner of the annual composition contest. The original work, Kinder-Und Hausmärchen: A Grimm Overture, was premiered by the Festival Orchestra at the All-State Orchestra Festival held February 13-16, 2014.

Click hear the performance of the Remains of Truth:


>Michael Thomas FoumaiMichael Thomas Foumai (b. 1987, Honolulu, HI) was named winner of the 2013 American Prize for Orchestral Composition and named 2012 Composer of the Year by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. His music has been recognized with three BMI composition awards, the 2012 Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Presser Foundation Award, the Arthur and Mary Platsis Prize from the University of Michigan and winner of the American String Teachers Association Merle J. Isaac Composition Competition, Dolce Suono Competition, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Competition, Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Competition and the 4x4 Prizes in Composition from the University of Oklahoma.

Michael's orchestral works have been performed and read by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Orchestra Unleashed, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, University Orchestras of Michigan, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Hawaii, the Royal Hawaiian Band, University Bands of Michigan and Hawaii and the Hawaii Youth Symphony. His chamber works have been performed by Alarm Will Sound, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Dolce Suono Ensemble, Ensemble DuoPlus and Ebb and Flow Arts among others.

Performed across the United States, Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, Michael's music has been presented at the ACO Underwood New Music Readings, Cabrillo Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival, Thailand International Composition Festival, Daegu Contemporary Music Festival, Fresno New Music Festival, Aries Composers Festival, June in Buffalo, Mizzou New Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Wellesley Composers' Conference, Staunton Music Festival, EarShot New Music Readings and at the Calarts Theatre at Disney Hall.

Michael holds degrees in Music Composition from the University of Hawaii and Michigan and is currently a doctoral fellow at UM. He has worked with Christopher Rouse, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Beaser and Steven Stucky. His compositions teachers have been Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Syd Hodkinson, Paul Schoenfield, Erik Santos, Peter Askim, Byron K. Yasui, Donald Reid Womack, Takeo Kudo and Thomas Osborne.

Important Dates


December 15, 2017
Music Mailed
February 8-11, 2018
All-State Festival

AOA Commissions


2006
Philip Warton
There was a Star Danced
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2004
James Lee III
Through the Eyes of Time
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2002
James Woodward
Landscapes for Orchestra
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2001
James Grant
House of Mirrors
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2000
Stella Sung
Mythical Tales of Extar
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