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Isaac Schankler

Beyond Sound and Science: Musicians, Researchers, and the Next Spotify

Musicians and researchers must work together to build a streaming music service that is musically and technologically sophisticated, appealing to audiences, fair to musicians, and conducive to direct engagement between the two. We must be involved in this next phase of creation, or we leave the future of music up to others.

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David Smooke

Two Composers

Throughout my life as a musician, I’ve always felt like two different composers: the person penning my current music and the creator of the idealized visions that exist only in the most crepuscular regions of my mind.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Copland House Launches All-Scholarship Workshop and Mentoring Program

For the inaugural session this summer, five composers from across the U.S. have been invited to participate in this intensive, annual, all-scholarship creative workshop and mentoring program.

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Frank J. Oteri

The New Must Coexist With the Old

Remaining mindful of how music might be more effectively disseminated and appreciated, and ensuring that it can be an economically viable activity, is of paramount importance to anyone interested in the future of music. And such discussions need to happen everywhere, even in a place surrounded by ancient history.

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Rob Deemer

Point A to Point C

Recent composer-based and concert-based activity has gotten me thinking about that nebulous time and space between the point where a piece of music has been created and the point where a listener/audience member first experiences that same piece.

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Ratzo B Harris

United We Fly!

I had to stop reading Scottish Church Music after a while. Not because of its content, which I find fascinating, but because the service staff and the fellow sitting next to me were making remarks about my reading something that included musical notation.

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AndrewSigler

Soli Plays 'Til the End of Time

San Antonio has a vibrant musical community, and the chamber ensemble Soli is among the strongest proponents of new music in the region. Formed in 1994, Soli has commissioned 17 works in as many years, including the May 8 world premiere of Steven Mackey’s Prelude to the End.

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Jake Runestad

Giving Life to New Opera: the John Duffy Composers Institute

I have participated in many different festivals, institutes, and readings, but the Duffy Institute is unlike any other. While it provides an opportunity to hear one’s work performed, it also fosters friendships and collaborations among the composers, performers, librettists, and directors in residence.

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Kristin Kuster

Why Do We Write Where & When We Write?

Apart from the time we take for performances, networking, promoting our work, etc., I am fascinated by how we composers inhabit our composer-clocks. Writing time: where is it, when is it, how is it.

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Isaac Schankler

Between Sound and Science

The more I hang out with scientists and engineers—and this seems to happen more and more often these days—the more I feel like an incorrigible composer. No matter how much knowledge and lingo I absorb, it sometimes seems that our goals or areas of concern are fundamentally different.

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Alexandra Gardner

Sounds Heard: Volti—House of Voices

The mission of the 25-member a capella ensemble Volti is to think outside the box of choral music, and to continue expanding that landscape by commissioning new works and championing the music of living, breathing composers. In its latest CD House of Voices, Volti brings its exceptional musicality to the table once again.

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David Smooke

Expanding Horizons

I recently began to feel hemmed in by the world around me. After a great deal of thought, I realized that this visceral sensation derived from my lack of recent exposure to wide open spaces.

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Frank J. Oteri

A Lot To Sing About

I’ll take the composers over the consultants every time so thankfully music, particularly new music, was the focal point most of the time at the Chorus America conference and the concurrent ChoralConnections convening organized by the American Composers Forum.

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Ratzo B Harris

Avant Listening: The 17th Annual Vision Festival

Founded by Patricia Parker in 1996, the festival is the temporal sonic canvas for Arts for Art, Inc., “a multicultural, artist-initiated and artist-run organization whose purpose is to build awareness and understanding of avantjazz and related expressive movements.”

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Rob Deemer

Hilary Hahn Concludes Her Model Contest

This was not a “kingmaker” contest, but one that truly strove for diversity and a wide net. The winners (all eleven of them!) were announced on June 15, and I had the privilege of speaking with Hilary Hahn herself about the contest.

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DanVisconti

The Top Five Composer Blunders

Following my recent open letter to new music performers, I thought it might be worth turning a critical eye on composerly habits that can grate on others and stunt personal growth.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Opera Company of Philadelphia Appoints Missy Mazzoli as Composer-In-Residence

Mazzoli, currently working on her second full-length opera, was chosen from over 100 applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized, three-year development track focused on the advancement of her career as an operatic composer.

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Frank J. Oteri

Matthew Welch: Finding Ground in the Uncommon

Welch’s music is the by-product of an unlikely blend—Indonesian gamelan, Scottish bagpipes, and indie rock. While these types of music might initially seem completely unrelated, Welch has found his compositional voice in their common ground.

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Isaac Schankler

Alien Music

When I listen to this kind of music, I imagine I am like an animal listening to human music, perceiving some dim reflection off a distant surface.

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David Smooke

Speeding Up By Slowing Down

The famous “zone,” the state of mind that allows people to do things that appear superhuman, seems to be a place where things slow down.

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Molly Sheridan

Sounds Heard: Jherek Bischoff—Composed

Taken as an album-length work, the collection of unique voices Composed encompasses as part of its scheme is impressive; that it all comes together so seamlessly is a credit to the strength of Bischoff’s singular one.

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Frank J. Oteri

On The Job

Without the exposure to all the music I hear in concerts and on the recordings I acquire when I’m on the road, as well as the conversations about music I have with people wherever I happen to be, the inspirational fuel I need in order to create my own music would be severely depleted.

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Mimi Stillman

Philadelphia’s Changing Opera Landscape

This week, Opera America will hold its 2012 conference in Philadelphia, with a focus on new works and innovative strategies. It is fitting that this conference should take place in Philadelphia, which in the past few years has become a center for new opera in the United States.

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NewMusicBox Staff

24 Orchestras Receive ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming

ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes “for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time.”

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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.