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.

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Tina Davidson

Tina Davidson “I have plans, I just don’t know what they are yet,” Tina Davidson admits when asked about early ideas for her Hechinger Encore. Though distracted by a deadline for another commission, she’s expecting that writing the piece for the National Symphony Orchestra is going to be a lot of fun. “I’m assuming they […]

California Symphony Taps Stacey Street

Stacy Street assumes the role of executive director of the California Symphony The California Symphony has appointed Stacey Street, currently the interim executive director of the Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, as the new executive director. She assumes the post after Labor Day. Street comes to the position with a number of successes behind her […]

Philadelphia Music Project Awards $794,000 in Grants

The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Landis and Co. Theatre of Magic The Philadelphia Music Project has awarded 18 grants totaling $794,000 this year to support area music projects. The awards range from $5,000 to $80,000 and seek to “engender excellence in performance, creativity in programming and provide recipients with the means to […]

Composer Jon Magnussen Appointed Artist-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence for the Institute for Advanced Study, Jon MagnussenPhoto Courtesy of Jon Mag Jon Magnussen has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. As such, he will lead the annual concert series, introduce new works, and present lectures on new music. Established in 1994, Institute Director Phillip Griffiths explains […]

Universal Partners with Double M to Present New Music

Classical music publisher Universal Edition has partnered with the artist management firm Double M Arts and Events to support, publish, and present the works of contemporary composers that stretch conventional publishing and performance boundaries. UE President Robert Thompson explains that traditionally, publishing has been limited to what was printable. That seems reasonable until you consider […]

No Progress in Foison Plagiarism Case

Whose music is this?Photo by Melissa Richard On June 7, 2001, Philip Kennicott, writing for the Washington Post, reported that the Capitol Hill Chorale had discovered their American premiere of Tristan Foison‘s Requiem Mass had not only not been the work’s first US performance, but wasn’t the Atlanta-based composer’s work at all. An audience member […]

Free Scores Made Available Online By Composer

Pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski American pianist and composer Rzewski and pianist Jenny Lin have teamed up to distribute his music free to anyone who is interested in it. That’s right, free. The composer got the idea after reading an article that used the term “copyleft” to refer to a category of software that could […]

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Calls for Scores

Composer Aaron Jay KernisPhoto by Daniel Voigt courtesy of G. Schirmer, Inc. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have their orchestral works read by the Minnesota Orchestra and participate in a six-day immersion into the workings of the American symphony orchestra. The orchestra has partnered with the American […]

Masterprize Finalist: Pierre Jalbert

Pierre Jalbert, currently living in Rome as a recipient of the Rome Prize and Fellowship for 2000-2001, says that his involvement in the Masterprize competition has already had a significant impact on his career.

Masterprize Finalist: Carter Pann

Carter PannPhoto courtesy of Masterprize Carter Pann may be the youngest of the five Masterprize finalists, but you wouldn’t think it possible after reading through his list of honors. The 28-year-old composer has been recognized with first prizes in the Zoltan Kodaly and Francois d’Albert Concours Internationale de Composition competitions, a concerto commission for clarinetist […]