Alan J. Higbee's choral and vocal settings have won the 2003 American Composers Forum “Welcome Christmas!” Carol Contest, the 2004 Long Island Arts Council Anniversary Choral Composition Prize, and the 2006 “Outside the Bachs” Composition Contest; and have received Honorable Mention at the 2005 Diana Barnhart American Song Competition in Philadelphia and the 2005 New York Virtuoso Singers Composition Contest. Two of his choral pieces are currently published by Hal Leonard. He was commissioned by the Association for Music in International Schools to compose “Somewhere I Have Never Traveled” for SSA/piano/oboe, performed in the 2005 International Honor Band and Choir Festival held in Berlin, and by First Methodist Church of Fort Worth to compose "Ascribe to the Lord" for choir and organ, premiered in 2008. Mr. Higbee is a church organist and freelance musician living near Cleveland, Ohio, where he composes for choir, handbells, organ and other instruments. An amateur poet, his poem “Three Thousand Stories” appeared in 2004 on the urban-poetry website “Glass and Steel.” Another recent project is “Smoke and Cinderblocks,” a video montage with original music and poetry based on his experiences on a mission trip to Haiti.