Sorcsek, Jerome | Special Collections of the ODU Libraries
Jerome Sorcsek was the first composer-in-residence in a Pennsylvania school through National Endowment for the Arts sponsorship in 1977. In 1978, he was the first winner of the National Band Association Composition Contest. He also was a winner of the chamber music composition competition held by New Music for Young Ensembles in 1986.
He was commissioned for large ensemble music by universities in the United States. He was commissioned for new works to be performed during "Die Festliche Musiktage" in Uster, Switzerland in 1981 and 1985.
As resident and also guest conductor, he led orchestras and wind ensembles, often in premiere performances of his works. As choral conductor, he specialized in the music of Carl Orff, and prepared choral forces for Bay Area conductor Sandor Salgo. He recorded his music in the Czech Republic with Vit Micka and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
He holds music degrees from universities on the East Coast, and remains largely self-taught as a composer. His mentors include Vaclav Nelhybel, Frederick Fennell, Clifton Williams, Ernst Krenek, and Gottfried von Einem.
During the 1990's he took a respite from composing to turn his attention to creative writing in the genre of literary fiction. He has since returned to music composition, and the focus of his most recent efforts is upon works of a decidedly introspective nature mainly for orchestra and mixed chamber ensembles.
Jerome Sorcsek is a member of ASCAP