Lead or be Led

If we are to be part of a viable international musical culture, we must honor our own achievements as a fundamental portion of the larger world-based continuum.

Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced for 2001

Results of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-seventh annual U.S. and Canadian competition were announced on April 12, 2001 by Foundation President Joel Conarroe. The year 2001 Fellowship winners include 183 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 2700 applicants for awards totaling $6,588,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors, […]

Music in the Theater

I’m writing this from Washington, DC, where I’ve just seen and heard a new production of Coyote Builds North America, one of my two music theater works with writer Barry Lopez. Coyote was premiered in 1987 at Perseverance Theater. Since then, it’s been produced two other times, touring throughout Alaska and New England. Until now, […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Leonard Lewis

Leonard Lewisphoto by Gary Austin Leonard Lewis describes his Concerto for Orchestra, written to fulfill his dissertation at the University of Texas, as a “crossroads” in his compositional style. Earlier in his compositional career, Lewis was influenced by the diatonic music of Michael Torke; more recently, he found himself interested in the chromatic writing of […]

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 […]