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Nancy Bloomer Deussen wins 2nd place American Prize

Nancy Bloomer Deussen, NLAPW Music member and contemporary American composer, has won a 2013 American Prize for her “Woodwind Quartet.” One of two women among 12 finalists, Ms. Deussen, Santa Clara County Branch, CA, was awarded 2nd place in the Chamber Music-Professional Composer category. The American Prize is considered the most prestigious award in music composition, equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize in Letters. Congratulations to Ms. Deussen. See her profile and links to her music below.

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Nancy Bloomer Deussen

American composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen is well known as a composer, performer and arts impressario. She is a leader in the growing movement for more melodic, tonally oriented contemporary music and is co-founder and President Emeritus of the SF Bay Chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA. Her original works have been performed in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and China and she has received numerous commissions both locally and nationally.

Nancy Bloomer Deussen, 2nd place American Prize winner

Nancy Bloomer Deussen, 2nd place American Prize winner

Ms. Bloomer Deussen holds BM and MM degrees from The Manhattan School of Music and a BM in Music Ed from the USC School of Music and her teachers of composition were: Vittorio Giannini, Lukas Foss, Ingolf Dahl and Wilson Coker.
Recent performances of her works include: “A Field in Pennsylvania” by The Dayton Philharmonic Symphony, “Solstice Circle” at the American Harp Society concert in San Francisco. “Carmel by-the Sea” by the US Army Symphony Orchestra, “Ascent to Victory” by Orchestra Nova of San Diego, “Music From the Heartland”, “Adirondak Morn” and “Two American Songs” at the American Pen Women conference in Washington, DC, “San Andreas Suite” by the Divisa Ensemble and numerous others.

Audio MP3 files of some of her works can be heard at:
For further information on future performances, sheet music and available CDs see her web pages:

Candace Long

Candace Long, winner of the 2012 NLAPW Biennial 1st Place Music Composition Awar, has been in the Arts & Entertainment sector for 40 years: as a Performer, Writer, Composer, Theatrical Producer, Entertainment Project Developer, Branding & Marketing Consultant and Arts Leader. She understands the calling and the struggles of the creative journey…and is an active spokesperson for Right-Brain thinkers.

Candace Long, Art, Music and Letters Member, Atlanta Branch, GA

As a Pen Woman, Atlanta Branch, GA, Candace is what’s called a “triple threat:” she has earned classifications in Music, Letters and Art. Her theatrical musical, A Time To Dance, was originally produced in 1989, and has won 11 musical awards to date, including 3 from Billboard Magazine. With the help of investors and a cast and crew of 58, she re-staged the musical, intending to take it on the road. Unfortunately, her premiere date fell on the ill-fated September 11, 2001. The events surrounding 9-11 forced the production company to close and left her financially and emotionally devastated. She entered a self-imposed 3-year “wilderness” asking soul-searching questions on how to survive the creative journey. She emerged to write her signature book, Wired For Creativity, and founded Creativity Training Institute to help others understand their gifting and how to navigate the journey.

She has been working on a new musical, auDEO: The Dance, initially staged in Atlanta in 2009.

Candace is called on by businesses to provide creative consulting services, discover new revenue streams, help leaders identify and develop right-brain thinkers, and provide processes whereby leaders can learn to discern a good idea from an inspired one.
Candace has served as Vice-Chair of Women In Film & Television International, President of Georgia’s Women In Film & Television, the Georgia Film & Music Commission, and is a consultant for the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies. She has served the League as Atlanta Branch President, President of the State Association, 4th Vice President, and was recently installed as 2nd Vice President of the League’s Board of Directors.
To help her better understand left-brain thinking, Ms. Long received the Executive MBA degree from Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business in 2008.

Eugenie Rocherolle

Eugenie Rocherolle, Connecticut Pioneer Branch, CT

Eugenie Rocherolle, CT Pioneer Branch, recently received a Foundation Fellow Award from the Music Teachers National Association at the annual conference in New York. Sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, the award was in recognition of her many years as a composer whose piano collections have been used by teachers, students and independent pianists of all professional levels. Her publications are distributed internationally.

Eugenie, a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University with a year of study in Paris, began an early publishing career in choral and band music, soon followed by a prolific output of piano repertoire and more recently, several works for chamber ensembles. Her commissions include piano, choral, chamber and chorus and orchestra. She has received a number of prizes from Pen Women in past Biennial competitions for choral, piano and chamber music. A list of her works can be found on her website,