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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Photo by Melissa Richard A few months ago, I took a friend who was into electronica and obscure indie-rock to a new music concert at Carnegie Hall, naively convinced that I was opening his eyes to a whole wide world he never knew existed but would embrace immediately as the most cutting-edge music he had […]

Gerald Cohen on Music, Religion, and the Bridge Between

Cohen at home in the studioPhoto by Susan Woog Wagner Westchester Prize-winning composer Gerald Cohen is a cantor at Temple Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, New York, and when I spoke with him, I have to admit that I was most curious about what that means with regard to his music. What it is to be […]

Letters from Abroad: Derek Bermel Calls Home

Derek Bermel, always at home in New YorkPhoto by Tom LeGoff “It’s so beautiful,” composer Derek Bermel says when I ask how his Rome Prize residency is going at the American Academy. The thirty-four year old composer is spending his days—absent of the weight of routine commitments—composing (his Westchester commission, among other projects), learning Italian, […]

34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Winners Honored

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has announced the 34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast, and news media coverage of music. ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman, who presided over the awards ceremony held at Lincoln Center in early December, noted that in the award’s history, tens of thousands […]

Harrison Recognized as MA Composer of the Year

Photo by David Harsany Lou Harrison has been named Composer of the Year by Musical America. He was honored, along with the year’s other category winners, at a Carnegie Hall reception in December. The prestigious Musician of the Year went to British conductor Simon Rattle; Midori, Instrumentalist of the Year; René Pape, Vocalist of the […]

Lisa Schiff Named J@LC Chairman

J@LC’s new Chairman Lisa Schiff with Bruce MacCombie, Executive Director, and Wynton Marsalis, Artistic DirectorPhoto by Frank Stewart, courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz at Lincoln Center‘s Board of Directors has unanimously elected longtime member Lisa Schiff as the organization’s new chairman of the Board, effective immediately. She succeeds previous J@LC Chairman R. Theodore Ammon, […]

Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Commissions Thirteen

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has singled out thirteen composers from over 200 applicants to receive 2001 Fromm commissions, the Board of Directors has announced. The $10,000 commissions represent one of the principal ways the foundation seeks to fulfill its mission “to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary music closer to the public.” […]

Composers and Conductors Team Up for SYNERGY at LA Phil

Composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to mentor collaborations across the two disciplines.Photo credit by Clive Barda-PAL The Los Angeles Philharmonic has unveiled Synergy: Composer and Conductor, a new five-day intensive workshop designed to foster relationships between young conductors and composers and to provide both with constructive experience working in front of a full symphony orchestra. The Philharmonic […]

ASCAP Foundation Awards Recognize Potential, Honor Lifetime Achievement

The ASCAP Foundation Awards and Scholarships, intended to support developing musical talent and recognize lifetime musical achievement, were awarded for the sixth year at a reception held in New York City in December. In her opening remarks, ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman noted that the awards were the demonstration of a “small idea now making a […]

Music America Needs Now

Do audiences need to be protected from provocative art?Picasso: Mère et Enfant, 1902. In the current social and political climate, what kind of art do audiences need? And what’s more, who should be deciding what they should see or what they can handle? That delicate question has been falling on presenters, conductors, and executive directors […]