Author Archives: Molly Sheridan

About Molly Sheridan

Molly Sheridan is a writer, editor, and producer specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web. A winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for music journalism, she is the executive editor of NewMusicBox and Counterstream Radio, both programs of New Music USA.

Bang On A Can E-Fest Underscores People’s Commissioning Event

Ever wonder about the people who can commission an entire piece of new music? Ever want to be one? Once again, the members of Bang On A Can are demonstrating their dedication to development and innovation in the new music community through their People’s Commissioning Fund project. In a field facing ever-decreasing financial support for […]

Webcasting Royalty Rate Debate Heats Up

With only 26 days left to go, the debate over webcasting royalty rates is heating up on both sides. The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, has until May 21 to accept or reject CARP’s recommended webcasting royalty rates…

PROFILE: John Schaefer

Molly Sheridan: New Sounds, your evening radio show on WNYC, covers a huge range of music. How do you discover all the material you program? John Schaefer: Well, in the beginning, I had to really search out a lot of this music; there was quite a bit of musical sleuthing involved. But as word got […]

PROFILE: Ursula Oppens

Photo by Christian Steiner Molly Sheridan: You’ve achieved quite a reputation in the new music community for your excellent performances, recordings, and commissioning activity. I’m curious about what attracted you to playing that type of music in the first place. As a piano student you could have specialized in many different areas… Ursula Oppens: First […]

PROFILE: Phyllis Curtin

Molly Sheridan: What attracted you to doing so much work in modern repertoire as opposed to specializing in something else? Phyllis Curtin: Well, I think it started when I was first out of college. I graduated from Wellesley in 1943. I was living in Cambridge and working and I knew a variety of composers who […]

Koussevitzky Foundations Commission Ten

Sometimes when awards are announced, it’s easy to be numbed by the list of names and numbers and overlook what they mean for the composer and society–that a new piece of music will be written and heard that otherwise might never have seen daylight. Jim Mobberley, one of the nine composers commissioned to write new […]

ACO Selects Eight for 11th Whitaker New Music Readings

Eight composers in the early stages of their careers have been chosen to participate in the American Composers Orchestra‘s eleventh annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions on April 15. The winning composers, selected from among nearly 200 submissions, are (click through for detailed biographies of the composers and program notes for each work): Mark Applebaum […]