2002 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded

Nine composers and two musical scholars are among the award recipients of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-eighth annual United States and Canadian competition. A total of 184 artists, scholars, and scientists were selected from among over 2,800 applicants to receive awards totaling $6,750,000. This year’s awardees include: Composers Robert Livingston Aldridge Louise Beach Nicholas Brooke […]

Koussevitzky Foundations Commission Ten

Sometimes when awards are announced, it’s easy to be numbed by the list of names and numbers and overlook what they mean for the composer and society–that a new piece of music will be written and heard that otherwise might never have seen daylight. Jim Mobberley, one of the nine composers commissioned to write new […]

ACO Selects Eight for 11th Whitaker New Music Readings

Eight composers in the early stages of their careers have been chosen to participate in the American Composers Orchestra‘s eleventh annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions on April 15. The winning composers, selected from among nearly 200 submissions, are (click through for detailed biographies of the composers and program notes for each work): Mark Applebaum […]

A tribute to John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams is the first AMC President to preside over the new NewMusicBox format where postings to his monthly columns are put right on the page along with his own column. Although editor Frank Oteri deserves credit for the innovation, it is Mr. Adams who has taken hold of the opportunity and shown himself […]

Composer Bimstein to Vie for State House Seat

Phillip Bimstein Phillip Bimstein, composer, environmentalist, AMC board member, and former two-term mayor of Springdale, Utah, is running for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives. After talking with the man Parade magazine profiled as “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town,” it’s not hard to understand how Bimstein balances what are at […]

DSO Reissues Historic CBS Records’ Black Composers Series

This month, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra reissued the CBS Records’ Black Composers Series, originally recorded between 1974 and 1979 by Columbia Masterworks and released as part of a nine LP box set. The reissue of the historically significant recordings was made possible by the DSO’s 2002 Classical Roots Celebration Committee, a group of prominent metro-Detroiters […]

Society for American Music Honors Five Writers

The Society for American Music honored five authors at its recent 28th Annual Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky. Carol Oja, who was recognized for her book Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920′s, also became the society’s president at the meeting. Allen Lott was installed as secretary and Denise von Glahn and Josephine Wright […]

The Folly of Endless Genealogies

While I believe composers ought to be aware and thoughtful about their art, I must admit that I feel a measure of concern about so many composers spending so much time worrying about a musical genealogy, or the comparison of American and European music. IsnÕt it especially ironic when composers emphasize their historical links to […]