The Temperature is HOT at the 2003 JJA Awards

On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, which was the hottest day of the year thus far, the heat of great music and occasional flaring tempers permeated the otherwise adequately air-conditioned B.B. King‘s Club near New York’s Times Square where the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) held their Seventh Annual Awards Celebration for excellence in music and journalism. […]

58th ASOL Conference Drums Up Hope for Orchestras

Reports of orchestras filing for bankruptcy, severely reducing their season offerings, and cutting back on expenses have been rampant in local newspapers across the country, and once again the future of orchestral music in the United States has come under fire. But the week of activities at the American Symphony Orchestra League‘s 58th National Conference […]

Ms. Larsen Goes to Washington


With the appointment of composer Libby Larsen to the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology at the Library of Congress, American music has a new friend in Washington.

Bush Foundation Honors Four Midwest Composers

Among the honorees in the Bush Artists Fellows Program–which supports artists based in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin whose work reflects the diverse geographic, racial, and aesthetic communities of the region–are composers Philip Blackburn, Tellef Johnson, Michelle Kinney, and J.D. Steele.

Fanfare for the Common Orchestra Musician

It is hard for me to read this month’s issue and its consideration of composers thinking big for large ensembles, without the back of my mind drifting to the well-publicized troubles of our symphony orchestras. Certainly, there is a bit of a tired refrain at work, and the latest foldings or cutbacks are nothing we […]

Wire Magazine’s Undercurrents

The Wire magazine’s UNDERCURRENTS, a series of articles which appeared monthly during 1999, is a great introduction to some of the important trends that have affected the trajectory of music over the past century.