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21st Century Music Marathon Submissions

Of interest to all new music composers and ensembles is Marvin Rosen’s call for recordings to play in his 7th annual 21st century music marathon! Marvin Rosen is a DJ at Princeton, NJ’s WPRB (which you can hear at 103.3 FM or www.wprb.com) and in addition to his weekly Wednesday classical program which features a lot of new music, he does this crazy 24+ hour marathon of pure 21st century music! If you are a composer or ensemble, you can submit music to him by CD – find out more details here and then email Marvin at marvinarosen@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 13th and the show will air Dec. 28th at 2:00 PM EST to Dec. 29th at 3:00 PM EST.

New Ideas on Financing Arts Non-Profits

18-Nov-2013 These two articles, which we thought were worth passing on, come from the You’ve Cott Mail newsletter (which every professional artist should subscribe to). The first article, from Philanthropy News Digest, is an interview with Rise Wilson, whose SEED grants give to arts start-ups in a different way. Wilson says the SEED grants were given to artists who “were choosing different operating models, pushing the boundaries of their medium, working in an interdisciplinary way, or in some other fashion “nurturing the new”. As any choir administrator is familiar, this flies in the face of normal grant policy, which is only to give to organizations that have already proved themselves, whose methods are tired and true. Rise associates creativity with risk-taking, saying we need “to…

A Couple of Composition Competitions

Composers – here are three competitions looking for a capella scores with upcoming deadlines to be aware of. These are a great way to get your music heard, and, as a plus, each of the three listed here has a nice cash prize. The essential info and links: 1. Cincinnati Children’s Choir Deadline for submission: November 1st, 2013. Award: $1,000. Guidelines and application info here. 2. Novi Cantori Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2013. Reward: $500 and live recording. Guidelines and application info here. 3. The “Little Singers of Armenia” Choir Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2013. Award: $800 first prize, $500 second prize. Guidelines and application info here. And we’d like to say a big thank you to all the choirs who hold these…

Composition Competitions 12-Oct-2013

A Couple of Composition Competitions Composers – here are three competitions looking for a capella scores with upcoming deadlines to be aware of. These are a great way to get your music heard, and, as a plus, each of the three listed here has a nice cash prize. The essential info and links: 1. Cincinnati Children’s Choir   Deadline for submission: November 1st, 2013. Award: $1,000. Guidelines and application info here. 2. Novi Cantori   Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2013. Reward: $500 and live recording. Guidelines and application info here. 3. The “Little Singers of Armenia” Choir   Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2013. Award: $800 first prize, $500 second prize. Guidelines and application info here. And we’d like to say a big thank…

New Grant Opportunity for Commissioning New Music

28-Sep-2013 The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music is a new organization dedicated to the commissioning, recording and performance of new compositions, particularly choral works. It’s just entering its first cycle of applications for grants which will fund the commissioning of at least two new works per year. The deadline for the application is November 1st, so have a look at it now. We’re sure that the Ann Stookey Fund will make a huge difference for both conductors and composers. The cycle of creation and performance of new works is the lifeblood of the choral music community – it benefits all its members. The more new works of high quality that are commissioned and composed, the more repertoire conductors and choirs have to perform. The…

Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Olmstead!

25-Sep-2013 The first featured Composer of the Month at See-a-dot, Jonathan Olmstead is responsible for the thrilling Bohemian Highway, a piece we are honored to have in our catalog. It’s always interesting to get to know the man behind the music, and how the artist is reflected in his work. So we brought some questions of our own and a question from our Facebook fans and had the following interview with Jon. Without further ado, Jonathan Olmstead!   What did you think being a composer would be like when you first began your career? How does reality compare? Jon: When I was a little kid I thought being a composer would be like Fantasia brought life, conducting orchestras surrounded by big swaths of color, the…

Why it was time for an a cappella work to win the Pulitzer Prize

Fahad Siadat – Friday, August 09, 2013 The history of the Pulitzer for music is predictable. The prizes traditionally go to well established composers in contemporary classical music (and for the last few decades jazz) typically favoring large works for opera and symphony along with the occasional chamber piece. This year’s award is remarkable for a number of reasons. Caroline Shaw is one of a handful of women to earn the Pulitzer, she is the youngest composer to win, and the first who is yet to be published. What stands out most, however, is that her Partita for 8 Voices is also the first work for a cappella ensemble to take the prize. It’s not news that certain forms of concert music are considered less…

Call for Christmas Pieces – Due Aug. 15, 2013

22-Jul-2013 It may only be July, but for a composer, Christmas starts now! The New Haven Ontario Choir has a call out for original Christmas pieces. First prize is $250 and a professional performance and recording of your piece. Full info below: The New Haven Oratorio Choir, a 24-voice SATB chamber choir based in New Haven, Connecticut, directed by Daniel Shaw, is holding a composition competition for original Christmas works for its December 2013 concert. This December concert, called Ceremony of Carols Old and New, will begin with Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and will be followed by 5 pieces selected from this competition. Submitted pieces should fit a Christmas theme, but do not necessarily need to relate to Britten’s piece. The concert will end with…

Caroline Shaw, Award-Winning Composer

24-Apr-2013 Caroline Shaw, the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, isn’t quite ready to own up to what she does. “I don’t really call myself a composer,” she said, laughing, in an interview in her sunny studio apartment in Chelsea. “That’s what’s awkward about this whole thing: that’s not really what I call myself.” Ms. Shaw would prefer to be known simply as a musician. And it was largely as a musician, a busy freelancer in New York, that she was known before Monday’s announcement that she had, at 30, become the award’s youngest winner, for “Partita for Eight Voices,” her dazzling, emotionally generous take on a Baroque dance suite. Congratulations to Caroline Shaw and her beautiful chorale work Passacaglia. View NYTimes article.

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