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Dr. Kyle Wernke’s original composition, “BURST,” has been selected and the winner of the 2022 American Prize in Orchestral Composition, professional division. Wernke is S&T’s orchestra director. He composed “BURST” in September 2017, and it has been performed by orchestras across the globe, including the Tampa Bay Symphony and recorded by Brno Philharmonic, a Czech Republic orchestra.
The American Prize is the most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the performing arts designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles, conductors, composers and directors in the United States, based on submitted recordings.