Copying Assistance Program Awards $35,000 in Grants to Composers

A total of $35,000 has been granted to 33 composers through the AMC‘s Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program (CAP). The awardees, American composers ranging in age from 25 to 83, received the funding to support the production of materials for a premiere performance. Half of this round’s recipients are first-time grantees of the CAP […]

Masterprize Partners with Classic FM and Gramophone; Jansons on board as Artistic Adviser

Masterprize, the international composers’ competition, has announced new partnerships with Classic FM and Gramophone. They will join with the London Symphony Orchestra and EMI to present the third competition which will commence in the spring of 2002. In addition, conductor Mariss Jansons has accepted the position of Artistic Adviser to the competition, taking charge of […]

The Ultimate Stage Mom: YCA Takes Composers Under Its Wing

In the course of a three-month Beethoven festival which concludes this week, the Phoenix Symphony performed five world premieres, written “in the spirit of” Beethoven by young American composers. Notably, three of the five are represented by the non-profit organization Young Concert Artists. Phoenix Symphony Music Director Hermann Michael assures that it was pure coincidence. […]

Rouse and Schwantner Elected to American Academy

Composers Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hollander, Secretary of the academy, will induct them, along with three new artists and four new writers, at the academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Reached shortly after the announcement and still reeling from his recent […]

YCA Composer-In-Residence: Mason Bates

Mason BatesPhoto by Christian Steiner On what YCA has to offer… The vast majority of composers do not deal with management organizations, which are traditionally perceived to be useful to performers only. Perhaps some composers even look disdainfully on the promotional side of management as somehow invasive of their protective cocoon-composers who think they should […]

YCA Composer-In-Residence: Kenji Bunch

Kenji BunchPhoto by Christian Steiner On becoming a YCA composer… Essentially, working with YCA is what gave me a professional life as a composer. Up to that point I had a very small cottage industry of writing music for my friends, who were kind enough to play it. Becoming involved with YCA was a springboard […]

YCA Composer-In-Residence: Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts On becoming a YCA composer… The best thing a composer can be is busy, and that is what I have been since I joined the YCA roster in 1996. It is absolutely incredible what they have done for my career. Most composers have to take the huge responsibility of finding commissions and performance […]

American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards $175,000

Seventeen composers at various stages in their careers have been recognized with awards totaling $175,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Candidates were nominated by the Academy’s membership and winners were selected by a panel which included Jack Beeson (chairman), Samuel Adler, Andrew Imbrie, Ezra Laderman, George Perle, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and […]

NEWS IN BRIEF: 3/8/02

NSO to South Dakota for residency, Slatkin extends contract; Minnesota Orch. reads new works; New York magazine highlights new music.