Susan Youens

Susan YouensPhoto courtesy of S. Youens Notre Dame Professor of Musicology Professor Susen Youens is “thrilled” to have received one of the two Guggenheim Fellowships awarded to music scholars. The grant will allow her start a new book on the social history of the 19th-century German lied. “I’m interested in finding out about how nationalistic […]

Kevin Puts

Kevin PutsPhoto by Christian Steiner Kevin Puts is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Young Concert Artist‘s Composer in Residence. Dr. Puts will use his Guggenheim Fellowship to complete several orchestral commissions. He is writing a new piece for the American Composers Orchestra that will receive its premiere at Carnegie Hall […]

Cindy McTee

Cindy McTeePhoto by Angilee Wilkerson, UNT University of North Texas Professor Cindy McTee will use her Guggenheim Fellowship money to work on a “symphonic-length piece.” The piece will have four movements, the third of which will be a waltz. The waltz is not “old sounding,” Dr. McTee stressed, but it does “look back” to a […]

Fred Lerdahl

Fred Lerdahl Photo by John Sheretz Columbia University Professor Fred Lerdahl composed Time After Time in the summer and fall of 2000 for the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and for Collage New Music. The two-movement work is approximately eighteen minutes long, and it is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano. “Both […]

Stephen Hartke

Stephen HartkePhoto by Dan Adair University of Southern California Professor Stephen Hartke wrote Tituli for The Hilliard Ensemble, who gave the first performance of the work in 1999 at the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Austria. The same ensemble gave the American premiere in January. The forty-minute piece is scored for five male singers, a violinist, […]

Oregon Symphony to Record American Repertoire

James DePreistPhoto courtesy of the Oregon Symphony The Oregon Symphony and its music director James DePreist are the recipients of a $1 million grant designated specifically for recording. The monies will be used to establish the Gretchen Brooks Recording Fund, named for its donor. The gift, which also recognizes DePreist’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra, […]

Wynton Marsalis Named United Nations Messenger of Peace

Wynton Marsalis and Secretary General Kofi AnnanPhoto courtesy of the UN Photo Library At a ceremony at United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 20, 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was designated a UN Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Having toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) […]

Computer Programming and the Expanding Compositional Frontier

Nick Didkovsky and Phil BurkPhoto courtesy of Nick Didkovsky Part I: Nick Didkovsky and Hell Cafe While most of us are happy enough to use computers to send email, surf the web, and write documents, there are people out there who use these machines for far more. These innovative programmers see computers and the Internet […]

Aaron Tanner, Emerging Composer, Dies in Milwaukee

Aaron Tanner and Jennifer Meier Photo courtesy of the family On February 25, 2001, the young Milwaukee composer Aaron Tanner was fatally shot, halting in mid-stride a career that was just starting to blossom. While walking from his apartment to the nearby home of a friend on the city’s northeast side, Aaron was robbed and […]

John Lewis Dies at 80

John LewisPhoto by Wil Mosgrove, courtesy of Atlantic Records John Lewis, a founding member of one of the most famous ensembles in jazz, the Modern Jazz Quartet, died in Manhattan on Thursday, March 29. He was 80. The M.J.Q. was a leading concert attraction from the mid-1950s to the late ’90s. The quartet made its […]