1970: Toccata

Fisher Tull (1934–1994) was a faculty member at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he served as chairman of the Department of Music for 17 years, beginning in 1965. Tull served as president of the Texas Association of Music Schools and was a member of the Board of Directors and the Commission on Undergraduate Standards of the National Association of Schools of Music.

A native of Texas, Tull earned a BM in music education (1956), an MM in music theory (1957), and a PhD in music composition (1965) from the University of North Texas. He studied trumpet with John Haynie and composition with Samuel Adler. As a composer of more than 80 works for orchestra, band, chorus, and chamber music, Tull has won several notable awards, including ten ASCAP awards, five First Prize awards from the Texas Composers Guild, and an Arthur Frazer Memorial Prize for his Three Episodes for Orchestra. He won the 1970 ABA Ostwald Award for Toccata.

Fisher Tull