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Malone University’s Jesse Ayers receives Artistic Excellence award from Ohio Arts Council

April 21, 2014 | Release # 6901

Jesse AyersJesse Ayers, D.M.A., professor of music at Malone University has been awarded a 2014 Individual Artist Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. According to the OAC, these highly competitive awards "recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline. Less than 10% of applicants receive funding." Ayers won the award for his surround-sound concert story for mezzo-soprano and symphonic winds RAHAB, and his work FLASHBAX, for concert band. This marks the second time Dr. Ayers has been so honored by the Ohio Arts Council – his first Excellence Award coming in 2007.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides financial assistance to artists and arts organizations. The OAC believes that artists provide the creative foundation for the cultural vitality of large and small communities throughout Ohio. The Individual Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments by these artists in a variety of disciplines. Individual Excellence Awards give the artists who receive them the time and resources to experiment, explore and reflect as they develop their skills and advance their art form. The Individual Excellence Awards also provide affirmation and acknowledgment of the excellent work of Ohio artists.

The news comes shortly after Dr. Ayers' piece "Waldstein Express" for two pianos and eight hands was performed at Otterbein University's "Humor in Music—Humorous Music for Serious Times" festival.

Dr. Ayers is winner of the 2011 American Prize for Orchestral Composition, double-finalist for the 2013 American Prize for Band Composition, co-winner of the 2011 Dayton Ballet New Music for New Dance competition, a 2010 recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and numerous awards from ASCAP. His music has been performed in Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and over 100 U.S. cities. His music has been selected on two occasions by the International Society for Contemporary Music to represent the United States at the prestigious World Music Days festival. He is best known for his orchestral and symphonic band surround-sound concert stories that explore the intersection of the spiritual and natural worlds and the redemptive intervention of a very real God in human affairs.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
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