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January 26th, 2010
Texas State composer’s music selected for CD project

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The Millennium Project recently selected a composition by Texas State music theory faculty member Dimitar Ninov for inclusion it its Made in the Americas  CD series.

The Millennium Project is a long-term enterprise that focuses on American music by living composers. Ninov’s composition is on Volume 2 of a planned 15 volume set.

Ninov’s work was selected from more than 475 submissions and was awarded a recording contract from ERM Media for “A Lonely Man’s Prayer.” Ninov has said that the violin and piano piece attempts to be evocative of the feelings of a man, who, having fallen into a state of depression, feels lonely and undesired. In despair, he turns to his Creator with a prayer.

ERM Media works in conjunction with the Millennium Project and is one of the few recording labels dedicated exclusively to the music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Their CDs are distributed world wide.

A Bulgarian-born composer and music theorist, Ninov is the 2009 chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA). In addition to teaching music theory and aural skills at Texas State, he serves as concert coordinator of the Texas chapter of NACUSA, as a board member of the College Music Society South Central Chapter and as music director at St. Williams Catholic Church in Round Rock.

In 2007, Ninov’s piano piece “Golden Leaves” was published in volume 6 of FJH Music Company’s trademarked Festival Collection. The publisher describes the series as “exceptional repertoire” spanning the Baroque period through the 21st century. Ninov’s piano album was chosen for the 2007 Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit syllabus.

Ninov holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Texas as well as master’s degrees in music theory and composition from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. His previous teaching positions include music theory and ear training at the University of Texas and at the University of South Carolina.

More information about Ninov can be found by visiting his website at www.dimitarninov.com. The Millennium Project can be found at http://millenniumsymphony.org.

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