Ashley Fure piece named Pulitzer Prize finalist

  • Ashley Fure (IAA 98-00) rehearsing Bound to the Bow with the 2015-16 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in Corson Auditorium.

  • Fure with guest conductor Christopher Rountree working with musicians prior to the premiere of Bound to the Bow in New York City.

  • Video interview with Fure about her experience working with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

Interlochen Arts Academy Alumna Ashley Fure’s composition, Bound to the Bow, has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Bound to the Bow was commissioned by Interlochen Center for the Arts for the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra’s performance at the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. The piece, which is inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” premiered on June 5, 2016 at David Geffen Hall as part of the orchestra’s 2016 NY Phil Biennial program, and was recognized as one of the year’s notable performances by The New Yorker.

"It’s a thrill to be recognized by the Pulitzer committee, and that thrill is made so much more meaningful by the fact I get to share this honor with Interlochen, an institution that so shaped my own becoming as an artist,” said Fure (IAA 98-00). “I hope each and every Interlochen student who took part in Bound to the Bow felt the joy of making living work—that rush of bringing an unheard piece into the realm of the audible. This Pulitzer nomination is a testament to their hard work, talent and appetite for adventure.”

“From our initial conversations with Ashley through the rehearsals it was clear that Bound to the Bow was a unique and powerful musical statement,” said Director of Music Kedrik Merwin. “What was most gratifying was the connection that it made with the audience during the world premiere at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. The audience was deeply moved and the New York music critics were blown away by the masterful use of extended techniques in support of the musical story. The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra is proud to have been a part of the introduction of this historic work.”

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The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music was awarded to Dan Yu for her opera, Angel's Bone. Ipsa Dixit by Katie Soper was also a finalist.