New Music News Wire

American Academy in Rome Announced 06-07 Rome Prize Winners

Composers Andrew Norman and Ken Ueno have won the 2006-07 Rome Prize Competition in the category of musical composition. Awardees are provided with a stipend, a studio, and room and board at the American Academy in Rome for a period of six months to two years. This year’s jury for this category included composers Steven Stucky (chair), Kathryn Alexander, David Lang, Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, and Anna Weesner.

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Andrew Norman—Melting Architecture
Samuel Barber Rome Prize
Ken Ueno—Multimedia theater work for Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky
Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to up to 30 emerging artists and scholars. The application deadline is November 1.

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Boosey & Hawkes Inaugurates Jazz Publishing Initiative

Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. has announced plans to incorporate jazz under its publishing umbrella, beginning with works by pianist/composers David Benoit and Chick Corea, and the Second Floor Music catalog, which features compositions of the bop and post-bop eras by artists such as Clifford Brown, Roy Hargrove, and Bobby Watson.

The Second Floor Music catalog holds some 3500 works by more than 200 composers, and the agreement gives B&H the ability to license recordings by many jazz greats of the post-war era for film, television, and commercial uses.

Adina Williams has been hired by B&H as its first Jazz Promotion Associate.

Corea characterized his new partnership with the publisher like this: “The NYC staff are down to earth and have the kind of enthusiasm for their work that I love in my musical partners. I’m looking forward to many creative years with this great group.”

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MUSIC ALIVE Composer Residencies at 13 Orchestras Announced

Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League have announced the selection of participants for the 7th round of MUSIC ALIVE. You can read detailed bios and listen to sound samples from participating composers’ work here.

Ten composers and six orchestras have been selected to participate in extended residencies of one to three years, while seven composers and seven orchestras have been selected to participate in short-term residencies of two to eight weeks.

Round VII Extended Residencies:

  • American Composers Orchestra/Derek Bermel
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Lisa Bielawa
  • Green Bay Symphony/Jennifer Higdon, Daniel Kellogg, Philip Rothman
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Chen Yi, Lee Hyla, Fred Lerdahl
  • Vermont Symphony/David Ludwig
  • Westfield Symphony/Zhou Long
Round VII Short Term Residencies
  • Atlanta Symphony/Michael Gandolfi
  • Cincinnati Symphony/Charles Coleman
  • Delaware Symphony/David Lang
  • Kalamazoo (MI) Symphony/Eric Ewazen
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony/Jeffrey Mumford
  • Puerto Rico Symphony/Roberto Sierra
  • Stockton Symphony/Chris Brubeck

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ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming Presented to 25 American Orchestras

Twenty five American orchestras received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, given annually to honor orchestras whose programming demonstrates extraordinary efforts to expand the symphonic repertoire and indicates a strong commitment to the works of contemporary American composers. The Awards were presented at the American Symphony Orchestra League’s 61st National Conference, held this year in Los Angeles.

Since the establishment of the awards in 1959, ASCAP and the League have presented more than $650,000 to American orchestras of all sizes.

John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music
Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming
Minnesota Orchestra

Award for Programming of American Music on Foreign Tours
Etowah Youth Orchestras

Awards for Programming of Contemporary Music

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses More Than $14.75 Million
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Symphony

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $5.5 – $14.75 Million
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
North Carolina Symphony
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $1.7 – $5.5 Million
Oakland East Bay Symphony
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Albany (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $455,000 – $1.7 Million
American Composers Orchestra
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Berkeley Symphony

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $455,000 or less
New England Philharmonic
Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra
St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra

Collegiate Orchestras
Lamont Symphony Orchestra
University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Youth Orchestras
Vermont Youth Orchestra
Etowah Youth Orchestras
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Festival Orchestras
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music