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Kimberly Osberg

Banding Together

While we wanted to provide a wide variety of music for the band directors, we knew that we still needed to pay the composers for their time and thus keep the number realistic. In the end, we settled on five total composers—myself, Max, Scott Senko, Neil Quillen, and Dylan Carlson.

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Dennis Tobenski

Taking The Plunge

I composed on evenings and weekends when I had the energy, and stole time away during the day job to handle some of my musical admin tasks and to “network” on Twitter. The 10-to-6 thing didn’t bother me overmuch, but more often than not I came home from the job frustrated and angry and in no mood to be creative.

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Molly Sheridan

Who are you championing today?

We’ve profiled the work of many female creators on NewMusicBox. In celebration of #InternationalWomensDay, here are just a few examples for your back pocket the next time you meet someone who is having trouble finding any ladies in the house. There are plenty more in the archives!

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jack vees

New Music Wants to Help

In the wake of the presidential election, many in the new music field have demonstrated a desire help marginalized and vulnerable communities. Jack Curtis Dubowsky applauds these moves, but also urges us to explore what improvements we can make towards broader inclusivity within our own organizations even as we support the important work of others.

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Kimberly Osberg

Collective Arrangements: The Story of the Libera Composers Association

Putting together a consortium with alumni band directors was a smart idea, but putting together a consortium collective with alumni band directors AND alumni composers was a great idea.

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Teddy Abrams

Creating Music about "The Greatest": Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was so much more than a boxer, so much more than even just himself; he is a symbol and has a story that leads to broader implications and subjects.

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Frank J. Oteri

Mike Johnson: Thinking Plague

To realize Mike Johnson’s musical conceptions, the musicians in his band Thinking Plague—like members of a contemporary music ensemble—read from fully notated scores. Because of its instrumentation and volume, it still sounds somewhat like rock but it is light years away from popular music.

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Priya Parrotta

Music and (Social/Cultural) Resilience

It is no coincidence that Caribbean musical genres inspire joy in those who listen to, play, and dance to it—this music has always been deeply connected to the patterns and rhythms of nature which stand in stark contrast to the oppressive system of plantation slavery which brought so many people to the Caribbean in the first place.

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Teddy Abrams

Featuring Female Composers

One of the questions that I get all the time is “Where are the female composers?” While there were a number of female composers of note, they were often overlooked compared to their male counterparts. Fortunately today, that seems to be changing. As part of this year;s festival, we’re showcase the extraordinary range of American female composers.

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Oni Buchanan

“Where Is Evil?” (a reaction to anatomy theater)

The most immediate confrontation leveled upon its audience by David Lang and Mark Dion’s 75-minute chamber opera anatomy theater proves to be the confounding experience of witnessing outright, unflinching, center-stage misogyny. Lang and Dion lead the audience through a normalization process that allows us to accept atrocity.

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Priya Parrotta

Composing Interdependence—Songs Along the Nile

Bringing people together is not a side benefit of the Nile Project; it is its primary goal. In dramatic contradiction to the dynamics of global environmental politics, common humanity is regarded by the Nile Project as THE mechanism through which true sustainability takes place.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards Announced

The ASCAP Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 15 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

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Teddy Abrams

The Role of the Mentor

Music is one of the remaining professions where the master/pupil relationship still thrives, but it’s extraordinarily rare for the conductor/music director of a major city’s orchestra to make the effort to be a mentor to a young musician.

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John Wykoff

Speak Now: A Habit of Hearing

Helping society to cultivate a habit of hearing may be the timeliest goal a company of composers might undertake together today. I suggest that composers give up using their music to change people’s minds (their beliefs, opinions, and convictions). Music is poorly suited for that. But music is very well suited, or at least it can be, for helping people to change their habits, especially habits of thinking and perceiving.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Daugherty's Tales Of Hemingway Dominates New Music Grammy's

Michael Daugherty’s Tales Of Hemingway was the big new music winner at the 59th annual Grammy Awards celebration. Third Coast Percussion playing Steve Reich and John Corigliano’s The Ghosts Of Versailles also picked up trophies.

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Priya Parrotta

Ecological Wisdom, Living Soundscapes

The geopolitics of our time frequently divides the world’s people and ecologies into two categories: “center” and “periphery.” The world of global environmental politics is not particularly appreciative of the musics of the “periphery”—or of music in general, for that matter.

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Teddy Abrams

Our Second Festival of American Music

When I came to the Louisville Orchestra as music director, one of the first things I wanted to do was to think about ways of reconnecting with the orchestra’s heritage—incredible, almost unheard of numbers of commissions, world premieres, and recordings which were a result of an extraordinary partnership between the Louisville Orchestra and the city of Louisville.

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Tom Steenland

Forty Years in New Music

Having produced new music recordings for 40 years, I’ve seen some tectonic shifts in both the welcome expansion of the stylistic landscape of the music itself, as well as huge transformations in how new music is delivered to listeners.

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Molly Sheridan

Third New Music Gathering Announces May Line-Up

Percussionist Steven Schick, the International Contemporary Ensemble, New Music Detroit, and Michigan’s Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble have been announced as the headlining performers for the third annual New Music Gathering, this year slated for May 11–13, 2017, on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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Priya Parrotta

Listening in a Time of Climate Change

Perhaps it is music—the music of nature in particular—that can help us understand the practice of sustainability, and the means through which we can all participate in the co-creation of a more sustainable world.

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Frank J. Oteri

Avner Dorman: Point of View, Personal Choice, and Duty

For the Israeli-born American composer Avner Dorman, being true to his own personal artistic point of view has never meant remaining in any particular aesthetic comfort zone. His music is constantly evolving and he is constantly challenging himself to go places he has never gone before—even sometimes to places that are decidedly uncomfortable.

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Ravi Krishnaswami

Some Stuff I’ve Learned Writing Music for Advertising—Why I Keep Doing This

What really makes or breaks a relationship with a freelance composer working in the advertising business is the revision process. Composers who can make changes in a quick and friendly way rise to the top of the list, whereas those who constantly present resistance and debate fall to the bottom of the list.

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Kathy L. Scherler

The Empowering Art of Music

Teaching students who have allowed the art of music to deepen their sense of humanity has been a privilege. They shared the common bond of music and learned to celebrate their uniqueness while respecting the differences of others.

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Madison Goodwin

Five Timely Tax Tips for Musicians

January is a great time to get ready to file your income taxes. With some planning and good record keeping, tax filing can go very smoothly. And you can manage to keep a lot of the money you earned. Here are five major tips for keeping as much of your money as possible.

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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.