Interview with Composer of the Month: Daron Hagen

Daron Hagen (b. 1961) is a prolific composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music for the concert hall and stage. He is also a stage director, conductor, librettist, essayist, clinician, and collaborative pianist. Described as a “composer born to write operas” (Chicago Tribune) whose music is “dazzling, unsettling, exuberant, and heroic” (The New Yorker), his opera Amelia was described as… Read More Interview with Composer of the Month: Daron Hagen

Juliana Hall Commissioned for Lynx Project’s “Autism Advocacy Project”

As a prolific art song composer, Juliana Hall is no stranger to the idea of elevating and amplifying the voices of writers through music. But as one of five composers selected by art song group Lynx Project, Hall is exploring a new challenge: setting to music the often unheard voices of individuals with autism. This… Read More Juliana Hall Commissioned for Lynx Project’s “Autism Advocacy Project”

Juliana Hall album earns Fanfare, Voix Des Arts, and Gramophone reviews

Three major recording magazines praised Juliana Hall’s newest album Love’s Signatures for its sensitivity, power, beauty, and inspiration. Juliana Hall‘s album “Love’s Signatures: Songs for Countertenor and Soprano” features the stunning voices of Darryl Taylor and Susan Narucki. Since its release, the album has garnered positive critical acclaim from critics. The album highlights three art song… Read More Juliana Hall album earns Fanfare, Voix Des Arts, and Gramophone reviews

James Sclater wins Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award

Each year the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters honors creative individuals with an award in their specific field. First bestowed in 1980, these prestigious awards are presented in seven categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art, Musical Composition (Concert), Musical Composition (Popular), Photography, and Poetry. The Institute’s juried competition is one-of-a-kind in the state. Our carefully… Read More James Sclater wins Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award

UI Press | Denise Von Glahn | Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

The fullness of a life lived allegro. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University,  is the author of Libby Larsen‘s biography, Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life. Von Glahn is also the director for the Center for Music of the Americas and wrote three award-winning books prior to this publication. The book… Read More UI Press | Denise Von Glahn | Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

Washington Post: Libby Larsen & Elena Ruehr top composers in classical music

Anne Midgette is Chief Classical Music Critic for The Washington Post. Her article, “The top 35 female composers in classical music,” was written in response to National Public Radio’s July 2017 article “The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.” The NPR article “was inspiring,” Midgette writes,”but where were the composers? In the wake of much discussion… Read More Washington Post: Libby Larsen & Elena Ruehr top composers in classical music

Song Source Festival – Libby Larsen & David Evan Thomas premieres

“Headwaters are where things begin.” Song Source Festival is launching its fourth season by giving life to new works from Minnesota composers, including world premieres of music by Libby Larsen and David Evan Thomas. The concert takes place August 7, 2017. Libby Larsen‘s Pharoah Songs is scored for baritone and piano and performed by Alan Dunbar… Read More Song Source Festival – Libby Larsen & David Evan Thomas premieres

Interview with Composer of the Month: Stephen Chatman

Revered as one of Canada’s most prominent composers, Dr. Stephen Chatman is the first Canadian to ever be short-listed in the Masterprize International Competition. This award-winning composer is recognized internationally and widely sought-after for commissions across the globe. How did you get involved in music? As a toddler, I began to sing before learning to… Read More Interview with Composer of the Month: Stephen Chatman

Scott Gendel – finalist in 3rd ORTUS International New Music Competition 

E. C. Schirmer composer Scott Gendel was named one of 16 finalists in the 3rd annual ORTUS International New Music Competition. The pool of over 600 submissions from across the globe were reviewed by members of Khorikos (NYC). Scott Gendel’s submissions was additionally selected as one of ten pieces to be performed by the Khorikos… Read More Scott Gendel – finalist in 3rd ORTUS International New Music Competition