Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano) was presented with the 2014 Hermitage Prize by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and its partner the Aspen Music Festival and School. The award is given annually to a composition student participating in the summer program at the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. The prize consists of a six-week Hermitage residency and a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and food expenses. Kotcheff was selected from among his peers by Robert Spano, music director; Alan Fletcher, president and CEO; and composers-in-residence Sydney Hodkinson, Steven Stucky, and George Tsontakis. The Hermitage is located in Englewood, Fla., and it invites accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for residencies on its beachfront historic campus. Artists are asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay.