Summer Program for Young Composers!

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The New York Summer Music Festival, where I teach alongside my good friend and colleague, Manuel Sosa, is now accepting applications for its 2015 sessions. There are two, two-week sessions, and young composers may apply to one or both. If … Continue reading

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Arnica Quartet to Play String Quartet No. 2 in Tacoma, Wash.

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I’m really excited that my good friends in the Arnica Quartet will be performing my Second String Quartet at 7:30PM on Jan. 30 at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Wash. The program is a homecoming of sorts, as the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Ned

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Ned Rorem (Photo © Christian Steiner) Last week, on Oct. 23, Ned Rorem celebrated his 91st birthday. I studied with Ned at Curtis from 1993-97. It was an experience that one could never forget, and it shaped me forever. While … Continue reading

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Are We Losing Music? Part One: “Sibelius®” (or “Yes, This Is a Screed Against Everyone’s Favorite Notation Software, But Someone Needs to Say It!”)

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At the risk of sounding like so many of those who have come before and been on the wrong side of history (I’m talkin’ ’bout you, guy who said music was dead in the 14th century!), I’m going to come … Continue reading

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AAAL Prize

I am delighted to announce that I am one of the recipients of the 2013 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters! I am particularly happy to join such wonderful company—not only of the other current … Continue reading

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Listen @ This, Part 3: Pastoralia

As NYC and the entire NE region brace for a major winter storm—one which the media has taken to calling “Nemo,” in a fit of particularly crass commercialism (“If we name it, we can SELL it!”)—I have been reflecting on … Continue reading

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“What kind of music do you write?”

Easily my least favorite question. Most composers get asked it on a routine basis by strangers or loose acquaintances, usually followed by unsolicited advice. “Hey! You should write for movies!” Funny that no one thinks twice about giving unsolicited advice … Continue reading

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Goin’ International

As many of you may know, the Juilliard School is about to go international by planning to open a conservatory in China. In doing so she’ll follow countless others worldwide in a trend that has been going on for decades. … Continue reading

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Listen @ This, Part 2: Hindemith Quartets

There was a kind of “Hindemith Moment” in the 1980s or ’90s—I’m not sure when; I just know I started listening to him around the tail end of it, and that happened to coincide with my musical coming of age. … Continue reading

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ROBERT BAILEY, R.I.P.

Although I was not ever directly one of his students, I am nonetheless saddened by the loss of this wonderful man and musician. Prof. Bailey was one of the cornerstones of Juilliard’s Music History Department. He was also one of … Continue reading

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