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Carol Ann Cheung

Having Conversations About Diversity

Looking at the shortage of diversity in virtually every corner of the industry, it’s clear that classical music needs to discuss solutions more often, with more people of different perspectives. Here are some thoughts on productively engaging in this discussion in the workplace, among peers and creative partners, and elsewhere.

Interviews
Will Robin

Uncomfortably Serious and Disarmingly Fun: The Irreplaceable Matt Marks

From his work as a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, to his heartfelt and hilarious compositions, to his organizational efforts with New Music Gathering, to his sardonically prolific Twitter account, it was impossible to overlook Matt or his essential role in the new music community.

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Beth Anderson

Beauty Is Revolution

To make something beautiful is revolutionary (not low class, not easy, not a sign of low intelligence). Beauty is hard to make and the making is painful. You have to say yes to what comes out.

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Frank J. Oteri

Nine Composers Receive 2018 BMI Student Composer Awards

Nine composers have received 2018 BMI Student Composer Awards plus there was one additional honorable mention.

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Daniel Kellogg

Tragedy and Inspiration

A course I’ve named “Tragedy and Inspiration” is my solution to drawing college students in to a challenging but powerful body of music. The course couples tragic events from modern history with great pieces of music written in response to those events.

How-Tos
Carol Ann Cheung

Making Connections: Helping Presenters Market Your Music

It’s important to lean in—not step back—when you have a marketing team promoting a concert (or CD release, creative project, etc.) with your work on it. When you equip people with the right information, you empower them to use their resources to push your music out broadly to new audiences.

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Frank J. Oteri

Notes from Underground: Ivan Wyschnegradsky's Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony

Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s 1932 Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony rewrites the past for the future. But the 24-note equal-tempered octave is not an end, but a beginning.

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Daniel Kellogg

New Approaches to Music Appreciation

I hold a core belief that art is relational, as we share unique and poetic visions about the human experience. I am filled with joy as a young composer discovers some bit of music that will forever change the way he or she thinks about music. I also desire to elevate the listening experience of the average person so that there is a bit more room in their lives to engage art music with meaning and joy.

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Garrett Hope

An Introvert's Guide to the New Music Gathering (and Other Networking Events)

The reality about the New Music Gathering (and all conferences, really) is that we can’t space the doses of people out. Conference organizers, especially the NMG organizers, design the event to be an intensive incubator of ideas, performances, meaningful conversations, and networking.

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Louis Levitt

Hey Jealousy: Social Media’s Envy Effect

Jealousy within an ensemble is something people are generally uncomfortable admitting to or talking about, and social media can amplify this feeling even among the best of friends and colleagues. Louis Levitt shares how he conquered his own fears and ditched the anxiety.

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Frank J. Oteri

Beth Anderson: Just Dropping In

Beth Anderson has embraced serendipity and followed it both in her life and in her music. In this sprawling conversation, Anderson tells us about some major early epiphanies—as well as some things that didn’t go as well, like showing up unannounced on Lou Harrison’s doorstep one morning at dawn.

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Kim Sherman

The Dazzling Wow—Remembering Judith Sainte Croix (1949-2018)

As a composer and a performer, Judith Sainte Croix bridged the world of New York City with the mountains of the West, and ran from the rivers of the South to the canopy of the rain forest. Utilizing indigenous instruments for many of her works, combining electronic and acoustic sounds and layers of rhythm, her music connected to nature and expressed her own evolving transcendental spirituality.

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Sakari Dixon Vanderveer

Letting My Network Become My Classroom

After I plunged right into a 9-to-5 position, I began to contemplate what it would look like to create a routine that would facilitate the continuation of my education in music while being outside of academia.

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Louis Levitt

How We Pick Rep and Keep Surprising Our Audiences

Choosing new rep is one of the most thrilling aspects of being in Sybarite5, and people ask how we do it all the time. It’s not a quick process, but it’s designed to let us grow artistically while also keeping our audiences deeply engaged.

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Sakari Dixon Vanderveer

Exchanging Perfectionism for Contentedness

As a composer, I’ve realized that perfectionism is encouraged frequently to some extent and with good reason. Precise notation minimizes uncertainty for performers and makes rehearsals more efficient. But don’t allow perfectionism to creep in too early in the creative process.

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Molly Sheridan

INDEXED: What we're reading when we read about Lamar's Pulitzer Win

Ever since Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy announced Kendrick Lamar’s win in the music category on Monday, news outlets and social media have been alight with hot takes and existential reflections. We’ve indexed some highlights.

Network for New Music

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Linda Reichert

A Talent for Organization

About 35 years ago, a psychic told me that I had a “talent for organization.”  I looked at her like she was crazy. But here I am, retiring after 34 years as co-founder and artistic director of the new music group Network for New Music; and, looking back, I have to admit that the experience of putting together (yes, “organizing”) that first proto-Network concert of new music with my musician friends in 1983 was intoxicating and, ultimately, addicting.

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Frank J. Oteri

2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winners Announced

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards which encourages talented young creators of concert music. Details are included here for this year’s 17 award-winning composers and the works for which they were chosen as well as the 6 honorary mentions. Audio recordings for most of the award winning compositions are included as well.

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Louis Levitt

What the Stage Means to Me

Sometimes Louis Levitt’s life as a performing musician is unstable and difficult, but he’s still fully committed because on stage he can be true, honest, vulnerable, innocent, and authentic in a way that is profoundly meaningful to him. “To me personally, the stage means FREEDOM.”

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Molly Sheridan

Kendrick Lamar Awarded 2018 Pulitzer Prize for DAMN.

Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album DAMN.

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Sakari Dixon Vanderveer

Wearing All the Hats: Reflections on Being a Teacher, Too

Since I was convinced that I wanted to focus on freelance composing and performing when I graduated, I didn’t thoughtfully consider the possibility of teaching as an integral aspect of my identity as a professional musician.

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NewMusicBox Staff

John Nuechterlein to Retire as President/CEO of American Composers Forum

John Nuechterlein has announced that he will retire as President/CEO of the American Composers Forum effective December 31, 2018.

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jack vees

Constantly Missing Randy (Endless Bummer)

It has been twenty years since the performance of Randy Hostetler’s P(l)aces on the first MATA festival. Randy was a composer whose works lit up our world—for many of us starting in the early 1980s—and that glow continues on through today. His death in 1996 left a huge tear in our community—not just because of the brilliance of his own works, but also because Randy’s generous spirit brought people of all sorts together.

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Louis Levitt

Why Even Try?

When he started his career, Sybarite5’s Louis Levitt took a few wrong turns—in part because he was afraid of the judgment of others if he pursued what he felt was his true calling. But experience is showing him how to put aside that fear, to value humor and authenticity in his work, and to feed his artistic inner self.

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NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.

NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.