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 […]

How does gender affect your music? Amina Claudine Myers

Photo courtesy Also Productions, Inc. Gender doesn’t have anything to do with my compositions. Well, not that I know of. My music comes from how I see my life, how I see other people, nature, my experiences, things that I see and think about. You could be either male or female to do it that […]

How does gender affect your music? Jamie Baum

Photo by Sandra Eisner When asked if gender has had an influence on my compositions, my reaction was of surprise—surprise that I hadn’t been asked that question before, not in 20 years of performing. I’ve been interviewed by the press, radio, television, and during panel discussions. There have always been questions regarding the experience and […]

How does gender affect your music? Ursel Schlicht

Photo by Joerg Steinmetz Gender has definitely had an effect on my compositional voice—which I only came to realize gradually in conjunction with my research about women composers in jazz. What becomes the “mainstream” in jazz—and virtually all other kinds of music—has primarily been determined by men. Women and men tend to be guided towards […]

How does gender affect your music? Nora York

Photo by Stephanie Berger I am a singer first—then a composer. Singing is the direct and immediate expression of my experience. My voice finds form inside my body, so, at that fundamental level, gender forms my music. To quote a Joel Forrester tune that I often sing, “I am what I am and that’s all.” […]