Ted Hearne has been selected as the third annual New Voices composer. The program is a partnership between Boosey and Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony designed to develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas. Each year, one composer is chosen from a selection of invited applicants to participate in a multi-organizational residency that covers areas in career development including, but not limited to, working with a publisher, realizing new compositions, and having chamber and orchestral works premiered on both coasts with the New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony.
Hearne was selected by a panel of judges consisting of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and composers John Adams, Steven Mackey, and David Del Tredici.
“I’m honored and excited to be taking part in the New Voices program,” says Hearne. “With this initiative, it seems clear that Boosey and Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony recognize the need for bridges between American orchestras and what I know to be an extremely vibrant new music community. There are so many incredible ideas coming from the composers of my generation, and so few opportunities to explore and develop those ideas with American orchestras. New Voices aims to change this by fostering fruitful collaborations, and I’m thrilled to be taking part. I am also greatly looking forward to working with Michael Tilson Thomas, along with the San Francisco Symphony and Fellows of the New World Symphony.”
After receiving hands-on experience at the New York offices of Boosey and Hawkes, Hearne will collaborate with the New World Symphony in the workshopping, rehearsal, and performance of two new works in the 2014–15 season. These New Voices commissions consist of one work for chamber ensemble and one work for orchestra, to be premiered by the New World Symphony in the 2014–15 season. The works will then receive their U.S. West Coast premieres by the San Francisco Symphony during the 2015–16 season.
In November 2013, Cynthia Lee Wong—the second annual New Voices composer—saw the premiere of her septet, Snapshots, by the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Her new orchestral work, Carnival Fever, will receive its world premiere this April by the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Both works will travel to the West Coast of the United States for performances with the San Francisco Symphony during the 2014–15 season. In addition, the inaugural New Voices composer, Zosha Di Castri, will see her percussion quartet, Manif, performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony during the 2014–15 season.
(from the press release)