The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the winners of the Charles Ives Opera Prize of $50,000 and the Virgil Thomson Award of $40,000. These two prizes are the largest that are given exclusively to American composers of vocal music.
The 9 men and 3 women who have been awarded 2016 fellowships in the music composition category have created music is an extremely wide variety of styles, from operas and works for symphony orchestra to electro-acoustic music and jazz.
ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the 15 recipients and 4 honorable mentions of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
The American Composers Forum will honor Gilbert Kalish, Nicole Paiement, Alex Ross, and Robert Spano during public ceremonies this year.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $205,000.
Between May and September, three different orchestras will give public readings of new works for symphony orchestra written by a total of sixteen jazz composers as part of the third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings.
During a year in which the Oscars have received strong criticism for their lack of diversity, this seems an especially odd move–not only in terms of the music itself, but also when considering that it means the absence of Korean soprano Sumi Jo and transgender performer ANOHNI.
Steven Stucky had an astounding intellect, but perhaps more important were his warmth, graciousness, and generosity of spirit. He gave unstintingly of his time to many organizations; perhaps even more important, he did the same for his friends and his students.
The love that a student has for her teacher is a special one. I miss you like crazy. I still hear your words of counsel from our music lessons of old. I remember your distinctive walk, frail and steely both, across worn carpet to the treble-bright piano in your studio, thick music score in hand. When I was over early at the house, you and beautiful Anita would fry up corn pancakes while discussing a marvelous new clarinetist who bled “for his composer and played like it was his last breath!”
No application necessary (or accepted): MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and Robert D. Bielecki Foundation awards announced