For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Awarded to "Tempest Fantasy" by Paul Moravec, written for and premiered by the Trio Solisti and clarinet soloist David Krakauer on May 2, 2003 at the Morgan Library, New York City.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Piano Concerto No. 3" by Peter Lieberson, premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra on November 26, 2003 in Minneapolis, MN. (G. Schirmer, Inc.), and "Cello Counterpoint" by Steve Reich, premiered on October 18, 2003 at The Krannert Center, Champaign-Urbana, IL. (Boosey & Hawkes).