John Brown serves on jury for 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Brown was one of a panel of five jurors who selected composer Du Yun's "Angel's Bone" as the winning work.

Angel's Bone is a "bold, operatic work that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world."  Read the full description at

John Brown is Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music, Duke University. The other distinguished jurors on the committee for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music were Carol J. Oja (William Powell Mason Professor of Music, Harvard University), Jennifer Higdon (Composer and previous Pulitzer recipient, Philadelphia, PA), Alex Ross (Music Critic, The New Yorker), and Evan Ziporyn (Director, Center for Art, Science & Technology and Kenan Sabin Distinguished Professor of Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

"I was humbled and honored to receive an invitation to serve on the Jury to determine the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music," Brown said. "Hearty congratulations go to Du Yun for her outstanding composition, Angel’s Bone. I have had the pleasure of serving on panels and juries (most notably the NEA, the Jazz Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council) and I was in the company of truly brilliant minds, and thoughtful caring colleagues."