Copland Fund Awards $400K to 43 New American Recording Projects

The Copland Fund has recently announced the 43 grant recipients in its 2009 Recording Program. Grants total $400,000. Projects include five American operas, a ten-CD collection of music composed for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, a three-disc retrospective of the music of Charlie Morrow, the sacred music of Mary Lou Williams, the Afro-Latin jazz of Roland Vazquez, the steam punk big band music of Darcy James Argue, a new work for the Bang on a Can All-Stars by Terry Riley, and works by 13 different composers performed by the American Composers Orchestra. A complete list of awardees is appended below.

Albany Records (Albany, NY)
Daughter of the South, an opera by Edward Joseph Collins
$10,000

Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, NY)
The Great Gatsby Suite and Symphony No. 4 by John Harbison
$20,000

American Composers Orchestra (New York, NY)
Orchestral music of 13 American composers
$20,000

Bang on a Can (Brooklyn, NY)
Autodreamagraphical Tales by Terry Riley
$7,000

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Malden, MA)
The orchestral music of Eric Moe
$8,000

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Malden, MA)
A symphony and violin concerto by Martin Boykan
$18,500

Bridge Records (New Rochelle, NY)
the music of Miguel del Aguila
$6,000

Bridge Records (New Rochelle, NY)
Three string quartets of Fred Lerdahl
$10,000

Bridge Records (New Rochelle, NY)
the music of Tod Machover
$10,000

Bridge Records (New Rochelle, NY)
The music of Arlene Sierra
$12,000

Callithumpian Consort (Cambridge, MA)
The music of Lei Liang
$8,500

Centaur Records (Baton Rouge, LA)
Piano music of Gene Gutche
$5,000

Chicago Classical Recording Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Orchestral music of Aaron Jay Kernis
$10,000

Classical Recording Foundation (Pelham, NY)
The music of Ursula Mamlok, vol. 2
$9,500

Classical Recording Foundation (Pelham, NY)
Two new works by George Crumb
$12,000

Continuum (New York, NY)
The chamber music of Roberto Sierra
$15,000

Experimental Intermedia Foundation (New York, NY)
A 3-disc retrospective of the works of Charlie Morrow
$5,000

Fargo-Moorehead Symphony (Moorehead, MN)
Works for violin and piano by young American composers
$5,000

Florentine Opera Company (Milwaukee, WI)
Elmer Gantry, an opera by Robert Aldridge
$7,000

Houston Grand Opera (Houston, TX)
Brief Encounter, an opera by André Previn
$9,000

Jazz Composers Alliance (Waltham, MA)
The music of Jazz Composers Alliance composers
$10,000

KEM Enterprises (Cliffside Park, NJ)
Re-issue of American Art Songs, Vol. 1
$4,000

KEM Enterprises (Cliffside Park, NJ)
Re-issue of American Art Songs, Vol. 2
$4,000

KEM Enterprises (Cliffside Park, NJ)
Re-issue of Douglas Moore’s opera Carry Nation
$6,000

Koch International Classics (Port Washington, NY)
Miss Lonelyhearts, an opera by Lowell Liebermann
$9,000

Koch International Classics (Port Washington, NY)
two large chamber works by David Del Tredici
$18,000

Lark Quartet (Tuckahoe, NY)
The chamber music of Jennifer Higdon
$17,500

Major Who Media (New York, NY)
Music of American composers performed by Kathleen Supové
$8,000

Mode Records (New York, NY)
Ensemble works of Chou Wenchung
$10,000

Mode Records (New York, NY)
Orchestral music of Morton Feldman
$11,500

New Amsterdam Records (New York, NY)
Removable Parts, a song cycle by Corey Dargel
$3,500

New Amsterdam Records (New York, NY)
The music of Darcy James Argue
$5,000

New World Records (New York, NY)
Music for Merce Cunningham, a 10-CD set
$10,000

Parma Recordings (Hampton, NH)
The music of Alejandro Rutty
$7,000

Pogus Productions (Chester, NY)
A 2 CD set of the music of the research and performance group KIVA
$2,500

PRISM Quartet (Philadelphia, PA)
Works for saxophone quartet and traditional Chinese instruments
$12,500

Roland Music RVCD (Red Hook, NY)
The music of Roland Vazquez
$15,000

So Percussion (Brooklyn, NY)
Threads by Paul Lansky
$6,000

Susan Allen’s Summer Harp Course (Valencia, CA)
James Tenney’s Changes: 64 Studies for 6 Harps
Performed by Susan Allen
$4,500

Volti (San Francisco, CA)
A cappella choral music by American composers
$10,000

White Pine Music (Mount Pleasant, MI)
Songs of William Grant Still
$4,500

White Pine Music (Mount Pleasant, MI)
From the Diary of Sally Hemings, a song cycle by William Bolcom
$9,000

The Mary Lou Williams Foundation (Jersey City, NJ)
Sacred works of Mary Lou Williams
$5,000