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The Stefan & Wanda Wilk Prizes for Research in Polish Music are sponsored by the Polish Music Center (PMC) at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California and financially supported by the Stefan and Wanda Wilk Endowment Fund. The creators and sponsors of the Wilk Prizes, Dr. Stefan Wilk (radiologist) and Mrs. Wanda Wilk (M.M., music education, USC), initiated the competition for best essays on Polish music written in English by a non-Polish author in 1982. The competition is intended to stimulate research on Polish music in academic circles outside of Poland. The winners include such experts in Polish music as Stephen Downes, Jeffrey Kallberg, Martina Homma, Anne Mc Namee, Barbara Milewski, James Parakilas, Sandra Rosenblum, and others. The prizes are awarded in two independent competitions, each held biennially (in different years):

  • Wilk Essay Prizes for Research in Polish Music (yearly till 1999, since then held in odd years) and
  • Wilk Book Prizes for Research in Polish Music (even years, since 2000).

Stefan and Wanda Wilk, USC campus, 1985.

The prizes are awarded to authors of the best scholarly publications reflecting original research on some aspect of the music of Poland, preferably on a less researched topic or composer. The Wilk Essay Prizes competition is divided into two categories, Student Prize and Professional Prize. The winning essay by an author who is a student will receive a prize of $500. Professionals (who have completed music studies and hold a doctorate or its equivalent) compete for a prize of $1,000. Both competitions are open to all authors outside of Poland. All submissions should be in English. The jury consists of Polish music specialists, especially from Poland as well as members of the musicology faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music. In case of a tie, final selections are made by the Stefan and Wanda Wilk Director of the Polish Music Center.

Prof. Kallberg receives his prize at the AMS 2000 Meeting in Toronto

Entries for the Wilk Book Prizes competition may be submitted to the jury by the author, publisher, or a third party. The 2002 competition is open to works published outside of Poland in English, French, or German during the past five years (from 1997 to 2001). Subsequent editions of the competition are held in "even" years and allow entries of books published in the previous five years. The Wilk Book Prize consists of an award certificate (in USC decorative wood frame) and a cash prize of $2,000.


Wilk Prizes for Research in Polish Music
c/o Polish Music Center
Flora L. Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851
tel: 213-740-9369; fax: 213-740-3217


The Competition takes place biennially for Research Papers (in 1999, 2001, 2003 and so forth) and for Books on Polish Music (in 2000, 2002, etc.). All entries should be received on or before June 30th of the year in which the competition is held. The winners will be announced by the end of the year.

The Wilk Prizes are awarded in the spring of the next year at the Honors Convocation on the USC campus in Los Angeles.

For more information call the PMC at (213) 740-9369; Fax: (213) 740-3217; or e-mail:

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