Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

Bush Foundation Honors Four Midwest Composers

While lakes, Mount Rushmore, cheese, and snow may dominate common perceptions of Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin, the Bush Foundation is making a strong case for these states to be recognized as a hotbed of artistic activity. Since 1976, the Bush Artists Fellows Program has supported artists based in these four states whose work reflects […]

Wire Magazine’s Undercurrents

Sifting through the past 100 years of art music can be a formidable task, and understanding the avant-garde musical climate that exists today is nearly impossible. While Linkin Park may sell millions of albums in a few weeks, the sad truth is that many of the most memorable and significant moments in art music were […]

Q & A with Whitaker Commission Winner Manly Romero

Between making moving to Michigan and taking care of his nine-month old son, Whitaker Commission Winner Manly Romero took a few moments to share his thoughts on the commission, the reading session, and the diverse influences that impact his music. AMANDA MACBLANE: For the piece that you will write for the Whitaker Commission, do you […]

Whitaker Reading Session Yields Commission for ACO

Opportunities for composers to hear a piece of their work performed by a professional orchestra are few and far between in today’s world of powerful unions, warhorse repertoire, and reluctant conductors, which is why the American Composers Orchestra‘s Whitaker New Music Readings are so appealing to emerging composers. Each year, up to eight composers are […]

Aaron Copland Fund Awards $500,000 in Recording Grants

Following the tragic collapse of Composers Recordings, Inc. and the suspension of the Mary Flagler Cary Trust Recording Program in the past year, the Aaron Copland Fund Recording Program, administered by the American Music Center, is more crucial than ever for the maintenance of a healthy system of documenting and promoting contemporary American music. This […]

Mazel Tov!: Milken Archive and Naxos Embark on a Revolutionary Recording Project

Cantor Benzion Miller at an Archive recording session© 2003 Milken Family Foundation Since the arrival of the first Jews to the North American continent in 1654, American music has boasted numerous Jewish voices, from the Yiddish theatre songs that came to define modern American Musical Theatre to the cantorial masterpieces of American synagogues and works […]