10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Gregory Spears

Gregory Spears started his piece Circle Stories while on a Fulbright grant in Denmark in 2000 and finished it during his first semester in the Master’s program at Yale. Spears describes Circle Stories as “layered,” both vertically and horizontally. The piece is based on a “chorale” of his own invention. He then wrote a short […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Joshua Penman

Joshua Penmanphoto by Jennifer Bassetti Yale senior Joshua Penman composed his winning piece As It Is, Infinite between September, 1999 and May 2000. “It marked a break in my style,” he explained in a telephone interview. “I stopped trying to write cute music and decided to write something that I would find beautiful.” Penman has […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Other Winners

James BarryJames Barry is a doctoral student at Florida State University. He earned his Master of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Music from the University of South Florida. His principal teachers are Ladislave Kubiak, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Stephen Montague, Mark Schultz, James Lewis, and Paul Reller. Braxton […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Russell Platt

Russell Plattphoto by Melissa Richard Russell Platt is senior editor for classical music at the “Goings On About Town” section of The New Yorker. He was educated at Oberlin College, the Curtis Institute of Music, Cambridge University, and the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Ph.D. He has been a fellow at Yaddo, the […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Gabriela Frank

Gabriela Frankphoto by Sabina Frank Gabriela Lena Frank is a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Michigan and has M.M. and B.M. degrees from Rice University. Her principal composition teachers have included William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Samuel Jones, Paul Cooper, and Ellsworth Milburn. She has studied at La Universidad […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman self-portrait Ives Fellowship recipient Jonathan Newman received his M.M. degree from The Juilliard School, and his B.M. degree summa cum laude from Boston University. He attended the Aspen Music School and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Composition Program. His principal teachers include John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Bernard Rands, George Tsontakis, […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Louis Karchin

Louis Karchinphoto by William Tomlin Lieberson Fellowship winner Louis S. Karchin is Professor of Music at New York University. He earned his Ph.D. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, and his B.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music. He has been composer-in-residence at the Wellesley Composers Conference, and has received composition prizes from the […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Grethe Barrett Holby, Artistic Director, American Opera Projects

Grethe Barrett HolbyPhoto by Arthur Elgort In Music-Theater, the music is in the theater; in Opera, the music is the theater. It is not only that generally opera is through-composed and that most often all the lines are sung. It is that the composition and performance of the music not only embodies, but expands, lays […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Gerald Plain

Gerald Plainphoto by Louis Ouzer Gerald Plain has had his compositions performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, and the Louisville Orchestra. His awards include an Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Diane Wondisford, Producing Director, Music-Theatre Group

Diane Wondisford The differences that exist between opera and music theatre, have to do with form, dramatic structure, scale, style, and tone. In opera, the story is conveyed through aria and recitative, very rarely unaccompanied spoken word, and sometimes the dance. In the creation of a music-theatre piece, artists borrow from many forms and structures. […]