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San Francisco Symphony and John Adams Embark on 10-year Plan

John Adams and Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto courtesy Shuman Associates The San Francisco Symphony has announced a ten-year commissioning project with composer John Adams. The endeavor will result in the creation of four new works, beginning with a piece to be written for the SFS’s 2002-03 European Tour and culminating with a commission in celebration of […]

AMC Library Moves to NYPL at Lincoln Center

Moving the AMC LibraryPhotos by Lyn Liston On June 29, 2001, the American Music Center (AMC) historic collection of more than 60,000 scores and recordings of works by American composers was transferred to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (NYPL) at Lincoln Center. In a joint statement issued by AMC and NYPL, […]

Juilliard Jazz Inaugural Class

Juilliard has announced the names of the first eighteen students admitted to the new Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, founded jointly by The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

1st American Composers Invitational at Cliburn Competition

Van Cliburn Foundation Original works by four American composers – C. Curtis-Smith, Lowell Liebermann, James Mobberley, and Judith Lang Zaimont – have been chosen by the competitors for possible performance during the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Each of the 12 contestants chosen for the semifinal round will be required to play one of […]

Mushroom

Eric LyonPhoto by Paul Herman Reller “Mushroom is a more extreme form of an approach I’ve always used in digital music – to make the computer do as much dull mechanical work as possible so I have more time to do flashy compositional work,” explained Dartmouth Assistant Professor Eric Lyon. “One of the nice things […]

Billy Higgins, Influential Jazz Drummer, Dies at 64

Billy HigginsPhoto by Dimitri Ianni Billy Higgins, one of the best-loved and most-recorded drummers in postwar jazz, died on May 3, 2001, at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, Calif. He had been in failing health and was awaiting his second liver transplant. He was 64 and lived in Los Angeles. “Billy Higgins was the drummer […]

The Guts of Mushroom

Professor Lyon wrote Mushroom in Perl, a language developed in the late 1980s by Larry Wall, and a common choice for programmers who want to coordinate many different systems at the same time. When Lyon first became “seriously involved” with computer music in 1985, he wrote in C, but he started looking at Perl in […]

Robert Starer, Composer and Teacher, Dies at 77

Robert StarerPhoto courtesy of Sigma Alpha Iota Robert Starer, a respected composer of operas, ballets and many orchestral and instrumental works, and the author of two books on rhythm that are widely used by music students, died of heart failure on April 22 in Kingston, N.Y. He was 77. In a 1994 review of Starer’s […]

Winners

Film/VideoShelli Ainsworth – Minneapolis, MNSteven Matheson – St. Paul, MNGarret Williams – Minneapolis, MN LiteratureJonathan Brannen – St. Paul, MNSarah Fox – Minneapolis, MNMaureen Gibbon – Plymouth, MNAdrian Louis – Marshall, MNKevin McColley – Pinewood, MNDan O’Brien – Whitewood, SDSheila O’Connor – Minneapolis, MNBertrand Vogelweide – Richardton, ND Music CompositionBrent Michael Davids – Minneapolis, MNAnthony […]

NEA Chairman Bill Ivey Announces Resignation

Bill IveyPhoto by Max Hirshfeld On April 24, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Bill Ivey announced his resignation, effective September 30, 2001, eight months before the end of his four-year term. Ivey has submitted a letter to President George W. Bush informing him of his decision. “My hope is that by announcing now that […]