Rewarding the Risk Takers: ASCAP’s Awards for Adventurous Programming

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) joined the American Symphony Orchestra League and Chorus America in honoring symphony orchestras and choral ensembles, respectively, for their adventurous programming during the 2001 concert season. ASCAP’s Vice President of Concert Music, Frances Richard was on hand at each organization’s recent national conference to present the […]

BMI Student Composers Honored at 50th Annual Awards Presentation

Charles Wuorinen and Steven Mackey reminisce about winning their own Student Composer Awards Awards are great at any age, but few would argue that the practical aspect of a cash prize often has an especially powerful impact on a young career. “Not only can I pay my rent for the summer, but I bought a […]

Breathing After Their Own Fashion: The Walden School At 30

Faculty member Cody Wright teaching from the piano The Walden School envisions a world with a higher concentration of people who approach life creatively, collaboratively, and with conviction; support music and the arts; and understand and respect each other’s differences. For the 30th summer this year, 45 student composers will gather in a small New […]

Faculty Snapshot: Bill Stevens

Stevens and guide dog Doris Photo by Carla Stevens Bill Stevens came to us as a young high school student from Louisville, Kentucky, in 1992. Legally blind since birth, Bill lost most of his remaining vision during the months just before he first attended Walden. This was a pivotal summer of change and in his […]

Aaron Copland Fund Awards $600,000 In Recording Grants

For all those worried about the recording future of new American music, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music hopes to offer a bit of encouragement. The foundation has awarded grants totaling $600,000 to performing ensembles, presenters, and recording companies across America through its 2002 Recording Program. Thirty-seven organizations have received support for new releases and […]

Seventeen Eclectic Commissions Courtesy of Meet The Composer

With the announcement of seventeen new commissions, Meet The Composer’s COMMISSIONING MUSIC/USA 2002 program continues to demonstrate the organization’s dedication to the creation of new and adventurous works of American Music. Since the inception of the commissioning program 14 years ago, MTC has had a hand in the creation and performance of more than 700 […]

Gender Blind to See More

Back in 1987, I was in The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, researching the music of John J. Becker in the Americana Collection. It was by chance that I noticed, and then became immersed, in the work of the composer in the Collection who followed Becker alphabetically: Johanna Magdelena Beyer. Beyer had […]