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The Art of Being True: Sonic Creation & Motherhood in Music

In our 2nd installment from the anthology of writings by the members of M³, Erica Lindsay states that the goal of sonic creation is to “express what is beyond your own understanding” and Sara Serpa decries the difficulties of balancing an artistic career with parenthood.

Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Ricky Ian Gordon: My Way of Enveloping a Story

For the past 20 years, Ricky Ian Gordon has been creating works for the stage—operas, musicals, or one-of a-kind music/theater hybrids—and getting them produced one after another, seemingly without a pause. But 14 months ago, everything came to a screeching halt as the world went into lockdown due to the pandemic.

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Multiple Authors

The Art of Being True: To Speak in Memory & The Sun Itself

To celebrate today’s publication of The Art of Being True, an anthology of writings by the members of M³, and in anticipation of their upcoming concerts on June 12 and 13, we will be publishing excerpts from each of the 12 participants’ contributions, 2 per week, every Friday between now and June 12.

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Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Untangling Anxious Signals and Creative Impulses

There are stark differences between imaginative impulses and anxious physiological signals.

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Melisa Tien

Underscoring How Human and Relatable Immigrants Actually Are

While people who looked and sounded like us were being taken from their homes, we presented a song cycle underscoring how human and relatable immigrants actually were.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Daniela Candillari: Creative Blessings in Disguise

Conductor and composer Daniela Candillari reflects on her personal experience with performance anxiety, how emotion shapes our perception of time, and why her memories of living through the wars in the former Yugoslavia have returned to her during the pandemic.

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Will Robin

Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding New Music in the '90s

This three-decade-old episode of an attempt to diversify the world of contemporary composition––amidst a landscape of increasing arts austerity, loud Congressional battles over avant-garde art, and public backlash from prominent composers––has much to offer today’s attempts at fostering inclusion.

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Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Pamela Z: Expanding Our Imaginations

The only thing that is almost as exciting as watching and listening to a multimedia performance by Pamela Z is to hear her talk about it.

Articles
Frank J. Oteri

New Music USA Submissions for the 2021 ISCM World New Music Days

New Music USA has submitted six works for consideration in the call for scores for the 2021 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days which, pandemic willing, is scheduled to take place in Shanghai and Nanning from September 17-25, 2021. Each of these six works is by a composer who was chosen to participate in New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Cindy Lam: Voicing Trauma and Connecting with Your Inner Child

Pianist and Music Educator Cindy Lam shares her experience of PTSD, the stigma surrounding mental health challenges within Asian-American circles, and reflects on the escalating hate crimes against the AAPI communities.

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Dalit Warshaw

Road From Heiligenstadt: A Composer's Perspective on Surviving COVID

On April 4, 2020, I was diagnosed with COVID-19. I began exhibiting symptoms on March 26, and started my self-isolation at home before moving elsewhere, to maintain the health of my husband and son after they tested negative. Composers are generally quite comfortable with self isolation, even to the point of seeking it out, and so I decided to take the Romantic view: I had just been granted an unexpected artist residency!

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Illuminating Anxiety, Creative Process & Nurturing Support

Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider shares her experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder and how they impact her creative process.

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Gelsey Bell

Looking Out For Each Other with The Real Music Wages Database

Inspired by similar crowd-sourced spreadsheets for dancers, baristas, museum workers, and adjunct professors, we created the Real Music Wages Database to help freelance music workers navigate what can be a very confusing financial landscape and give us tools to negotiate wages for ourselves, particularly in situations when we don’t have a union or an agent working on our behalf.

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Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Judith Lang Zaimont: The Music She Has to Write

Judith Lang Zaimont is defiantly unwilling to be typecast for creating music in a particular style, which makes her music always a welcome surprise.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Creating Safe Spaces and Asking for Help

Julia Adolphe shares why she started this project, and how her composition professor, Steven Stucky, created a safe space for her to talk during lessons.

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Zach Sheets

Livestream Community Survey: What We Learned from the Field

[Switch~ Ensemble] led a Community Survey about the habits, preferences, and interests of concert-goers for livestreams. We are pleased to provide a summary of the responses, as well as recommendations based on our analysis of the data.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Introducing LooseLeaf NoteBook – A Podcast on Creativity and Mental Health

In the midst of the pandemic, national protests against systemic racism, increasing threats of domestic terrorism, and going stir crazy in my living room, I started the podcast at first simply as a creative and emotional outlet. I yearned to connect with friends and colleagues about the collective toll this period has taken on our mental health and creativity, and to remain active and present within our community while so many of us are forced to wait, or worse, are struggling to survive or function.

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Composer Commission Pay in the United States

How much should composers get paid for commissions? As composers ourselves, we recently set out to find the answer. We were motivated not only by our curiosity, but also by our desire to know what is fair and equitable.

An interview with composer and artist Kris Bowers was the focus of our first “Table for Ten” event.
Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Kris Bowers: In Love With Accompaniment

Kris Bowers creates music that is attuned to whatever project he is working on–whether it’s the score for the 2018 motion picture Green Book, the 2019 EA Sports videogame Madden NFL 20, the 2020 Phyllis Schlafly-inspired Hulu series Mrs. America, or the 2021 Netflix sensation Bridgerton.

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Erik Elmgren

Stand In The Gap

If we want the art we make to heal our community’s loneliness and pain and bring us back together again, then it has to be about more than creating a pristine product to be consumed.

Articles
Frank J. Oteri

New Music Ushers In The Inauguration of the Next President and Vice President of the USA

Lots of new music will usher in a new American administration on January 20, 2021. Newly commissioned works by Kimberly Archer and Peter Boyer, classics by Aaron Copland, Julie Giroux, and Joan Tower, and a 46-song Spotify playlist spanning music from The Staple Sisters to Bruce Springsteen to Kendrick Lamar.

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Dave Molk

Confronting Our Complicity: Music Theory and White Supremacy

Despite the fact that the majority of our students do not listen to Western art music regularly, nearly all of the core curriculum is based on it. Let’s open their ears, eyes, and minds to voices and people that have been marginalized, to the stories that surround and support the notes, to the unheard music.

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Matthew Shipp

Black Mystery School Pianists

Mystery School posits an alternative touch—something that does not directly fall within the mainstream’s easily digestible paradigm of being able to play the instrument, even though the practitioners of the Mystery School are obviously highly skilled virtuosos whose touch, language, and articulation are extremely hard to copy.

Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Julie Giroux: A Wind Band is a Box of 168 Crayons

Julie Giroux, who creates music primarily for wind band, takes musicians and audiences on a journey that is a real sonic adventure and, at the same time, is always fun.