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

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 

Britten-Pears Foundation hosts concert including music of Earnest & Wadsworth

In a recital celebrating the strength –  and inherent romance –  represented by Britten and Pears when they premiered Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Justin Vickers (tenor) and pianists Karyl Carlson and Felipe Rodrigues-Silva performed two works by E. C. Schirmer composers Zachary Wadsworth and John David Earnest. Zachary Wadsworth’s Secret Songs was commissioned and premiered in this… Read More Britten-Pears Foundation hosts concert including music of Earnest & Wadsworth

David Conte – world premieres of American Death Ballads

David Conte‘s award-winning American Death Ballads received its European premiere, performed for the first time ever, with voice and orchestra. (June 30, 2017, London). The piece later received its French premiere in its original version for voice and piano.  (July 4, 2017, Paris) Performers for each venue:  London House, London, England: Goodensemble Michael Poll, Conductor Brian Thorsett,… Read More David Conte – world premieres of American Death Ballads