Rouse and Schwantner Elected to American Academy

Composers Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hollander, Secretary of the academy, will induct them, along with three new artists and four new writers, at the academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Reached shortly after the announcement and still reeling from his recent […]

On Being a YCA Composer-In-Residence

The best thing a composer can be is busy, and that is what I have been since I joined the YCA roster in 1996. It is absolutely incredible what they have done for my career.

American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards $175,000

Seventeen composers at various stages in their careers have been recognized with awards totaling $175,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Candidates were nominated by the Academy’s membership and winners were selected by a panel which included Jack Beeson (chairman), Samuel Adler, Andrew Imbrie, Ezra Laderman, George Perle, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and […]


NSO to South Dakota for residency, Slatkin extends contract; Minnesota Orch. reads new works; New York magazine highlights new music.

ACF Awarded $1 Million McKnight Grant to Endow innova Label

Philip Blackburn, innova directorPhoto by Nick Trotter Doom and gloom forecasts concerning the state of the classical recording industry are so pervasive they’re cliché, but despite the pessimism the McKnight Foundation has seen it fit to award a $1 million grant to the American Composers Forum to endow its innova Recordings label and Recording Assistance […]

Music Happens

“No matter what we do, sooner or later it all sounds melodic.”—Christian Wolff Despite the best laid plans of composers and performers, music happens. Like life itself, music always involves some degree of indeterminacy. Improvisation, wrong notes, reluctant instruments, failing technology and other messy realities are integral elements of all music. But it wasn’ t […]

Is music just sounds? And what does it communicate? MSgt. Aldo Rafael Forte

MSgt. Aldo Rafael Forte Composer/Arranger for the USAF Heritage of America BandLangley Air Force Base, Virginia To me music is not “just sounds”. Certainly there is a “magic” to the sounds conjured up by composers in their harmonies and tone colors which can be most aurally satisfying on its own. As a composer, communicating with […]

Is music just sounds? And what does it communicate? Alfred V. Fedak

Alfred V. Fedak, photo courtesy Selah Composer, Organist and Minister of Music and the Arts,Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York Music is not just sound, it is organized sound. And composing is nothing more than the act of selecting sounds and organizing them. Even the most aleatoric compositions involve some degree of organization: decisions […]