Composer Robert Kyr, who has been commissioned by Notre Dame Vocale to write a new cantata based on Dante’s Paradiso, has been honored with a major award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Four composers will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work. The other winners with Robert Kyr are Robert Carl, Sean Shepherd, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. See more.