Go Tell It To The Choir—A Report from ACDA


Last week’s gathering of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah was one of the largest national music conventions ever held in the United States. Thanks to a newly added composer track at this biennial conference and a greater emphasis on new music, there were also tons of composers and new music aficionados there.

Controlling the Catalogue

Rob Deemer

The more consistent one’s style and language are, the easier it is for a select group of performers and listeners to form a strong relationship with a composer over time. Conversely, less consistency can increase the variety and numbers of performers and audiences that enjoy a composer’s works.

Composing and Responsibility

When you compose a piece of music it is something for which you are taking responsibility. I was reminded of this last week when I observed the final session of the first American Composers Orchestra/Mannes Summer High School Composers Intensive.

David vs. Goliath

In the minds of many people, publishers are monoliths—giant, impenetrable entities that control the copyrights of others and draconically police their usage. But what was particularly heartwarming about the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Music Publishers Association was how deeply personal it all was.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Lukas Foss

I studied with Lukas Foss at BU during 1995-96; he packed all of his teaching into one day a week, flying up from New York to work with composition students and, sometimes, to conduct the university orchestra.

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