Junior Nicolas Bizub Wins Pair of Composition Competitions

Nicolas Bizub clearly has a way with…notes. Musical notes, that is.

Nicolas Bizub ’15

The Lawrence University junior recently was named grand prize winner of a pair of composition competitions.

A composition and viola performance major from Mukwonago, Bizub earned $500 for winning the 2014 Wisconsin Cello Society Composition Competition. His meditation piece “Dark Waves” will be featured at an upcoming Wisconsin Cello Society event.

Bizub also captured top honors in the 2014 Sewanee Summer Music Festival’s King Beetle Composition Competition, earning a $300 grand prize for his winning composition “The Legend of King Beetle.”  All participating composers had to submit a work based around the story of a famous, if not mythical, beetle on the Tennessee campus of Sewanee — The University of the South.

Written for flute, harp and bassoon, Bizub’s “The Legend of King Beetle” will be performed during Sewanee’s annual summer music festival June 21-July 20. Patricia George, mother of Lawrence violin professor Samantha George and a member of the Sewanee summer music festival faculty chamber group, will play the piece’s flute part.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.