San Francisco Symphony and John Adams Embark on 10-year Plan

John Adams and Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto courtesy Shuman Associates The San Francisco Symphony has announced a ten-year commissioning project with composer John Adams. The endeavor will result in the creation of four new works, beginning with a piece to be written for the SFS’s 2002-03 European Tour and culminating with a commission in celebration of […]

Down Beat Honors College Jazz Musicians

Eastman Jazz EnsemblePhoto courtesy of the Eastman School of Music The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) Jazz Ensemble I took top honors in the collegiate level jazz big band division of the 24th Annual Down Beat Student Music Awards. Both ensembles are veterans to the award, Eastman having won the […]

William Grant Still Family Donates $68,000 for Radio Promotion

William Grant StillPhoto courtesy Carl Fischer Music The family of the late African-American composer William Grant Still is once again offering free recordings of his works to radio stations around the world. An ongoing project, the $68,000 needed to fund the purchase of CDs for this year’s campaign was raised from sheet music sales and […]

Paul Yeon Lee Wins 2001 Whitaker Commission

Paul Yeon LeePhoto courtesy Paul Yeon Lee Paul Yeon Lee has won the 2001 Whitaker Commission, a prize that includes a $15,000 cash award and a world premiere performance by the American Composers Orchestra. The 31-year-old composer’s work Phoenix was selected from among eight finalists at the ACO’s tenth annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions. […]

2001 Jazz Journalists Association Awards Announced at Birdland

JJA president Howard Mandel presenting a special award to Dr. Billy TaylorPhoto by R. Andrew Lepley, RAL Photography The Jazz Journalists Association held their annual awards event on Thursday, June 14 at Birdland (44th & 8th Ave., New York City) with over 200 journalists, photographers, broadcasters, new media professionals, musicians and industry executives in attendance. […]

Meet The Composer Awards 5 New Residencies Grants

Meet The Composer has awarded three-year New Residencies grants to five American composers, the latest round in a national program that integrates the composers and their music into urban and rural communities nationwide. When announcing the residencies, Meet The Composer President Heather Hitchens commented: “Through New Residencies, music of lasting value has emerged to help […]