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JCA Calls for Jazz Scores

JCA sponsors the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, in honor of the legendary alto sax The Jazz Composers Alliance has put out a call for entries in the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. Works scored for large (8+ instruments) and small (1-7 instruments) ensembles will be accepted until December 15, 2001. The winning […]

NSO Anticipates Season of Encores

June and John HechingerPhoto courtesy of the Hechingers John and June Hechinger have once again demonstrated their commitment to American composers and the creation of new music. Through their support, Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced a new series of commissions: The Hechinger Encores. The funding will support the commissioning […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Jefferson Friedman

Jefferson Friedman can’t divulge when his Encore‘s commission will be performed exactly (the National Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure the performances are a surprise to the audience), but he will say that the work will be performed in the early fall and that it has already been signed and delivered to the NSO. “This […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Michael Abels

Michael Abels Michael Abels, halfway through writing his Encore composition, has made a discovery. “I think I now get how a dessert chef feels,” he says, laughing. “Because you’re definitely not what people are coming to the restaurant for, and yet you’re their last impression. I think ideally an encore is something that should achieve […]

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 […]

Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84

Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84, died June 26, 2001, in Seattle after being ill four-years with multiple systems atrophy. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 9, 1916, Hokanson began her musical studies at the piano with her mother. She later took up the violin before devoting herself to composition. Hokanson graduated from […]

Masterprize Finalist: Anthony Iannaccone

Anthony IannacconePhoto courtesy of Masterprize Anthony Iannaccone confesses that he entered Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound in the Masterprize competition by default. He had intended to submit his faster and more dazzling (and more frequently performed) West End Express, but competition rules concerning the premiere date kept it out of the running. Initially he […]

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Music is written in order to transcend the visual and verbal boundaries of rhetoric, but how this is achieved is a point of contention for many composers, musicians and scholars.