National Performing Arts Conference Composer Diaries

A group of 70 composers attended the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention under the auspices of the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum and Meet The Composer. We’ve asked seven of them to contribute brief diaries of their experiences there.
Jon Magnussen Jon Magnussen
It’s just not easy. We’re trained to write, to create—not to sell…
Ronald Perera Ronald Perera
I remember being told some years back that directors head in the other direction when they see a publisher or composer approaching… Nevertheless, there were company directors who stopped by the publishers’ booths…
John Fitz Rogers John Fitz Rogers
…We composers are representing our profession to people in the orchestral, dance, choral, and opera worlds, and I feel that carries a responsibility to be engaged, visible, and articulate without being overly shrill or pushy…
Mary Ellen Childs Mary Ellen Childs
I do think it’s important for composers and other individual artists to have a strong voice at these events…
Sonia Jacobsen Sonia Jacobsen
I was surprised to find out that the Atlanta Symphony has a board on the wall with a list of composers they like and a list of composers they don’t like. Hmmm, a blacklist???
Marianella Machado Marianella Machado
I look back at my expectations and I see that my experiences at NPAC lived up to them.
David Stock David Stock
The dance world usually doesn’t get the difference between true artistic collaboration between choreographer and composer and dance set to, say, Mozart! (Mozart can’t fight back, to paraphrase a fellow composer)…

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