A wind ensemble piece by Viet Cuong (BM ’11, MM ’12, Composition), Sound and Smoke, was selected out of 140 entries as the winner of the 2012 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize from Ithaca College. It was awarded $3,000 and will receive two performances in March by the Ithaca Wind Ensemble, conducted by Steve Peterson. Sound and Smoke was premiered last season by Harlan D. Parker and the Peabody Wind Ensemble; since then, it has been performed in the United States and Japan, and will receive additional performances throughout the US, Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 2013. He was also awarded a $3,000 commissioning grant from the Atlantic Coast Conference of Band Directors to compose a new work for the 12 ACC bands to premiere in 2014. He has been given an artist residency at the Ucross Foundation in the spring to begin work on the piece.