$27,491 Awarded for Support for Production of Performance Materials

NEW YORK - The American Music Center (AMC) is pleased to announce grant awards totaling $27,491 to 34 composers through the current round of the Composer Assistance Program (CAP). The awardees are American composers ranging in age from 25 to 85, residing in twelve states and one European country.

AMC awards approximately $85,000 annually to composers to assist in the production of performance materials for premiere performances. Among the organizations premiering or featuring public readings of CAP-supported works this round are the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the American Composers Orchestra, the Peabody Opera Theater, and the New York Young Musicians Forum. See below for the complete list of awardees and performers.

“Generations of composers have received significant support from the Composers Assistance Program,” said Joanne Cossa, Executive Director of the American Music Center. “The range of artists being recognized today vividly demonstrates how vital CAP remains.”

Since 1962, the Composer Assistance Program has provided over $2 million in support to American composers. Over 1,200 composers have received a CAP award at some point in their career. Composers must be members of the American Music Center to apply for an award. Lead funding for the Composer Assistance Program is provided by The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, with additional support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the Irving Harris Foundation.


ComposerResidenceCompositionPerformance Detail
Mr. Jesse Ayers Canton, OH Jericho Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso, IN
Dr. Jason M. Bahr Mississippi State, MS Ad astra per aspera Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Mr. Thomas Benjamin Ellicott City, MD The Alien Corn Peabody Opera Theater at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mr. Richard Carrick New York, NY Cosmicomics Sequitur Ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY
Mr. Robert S. Cohen Upper Montclair, NJ Edison Invents Westfield Symphony Orchestra at the Union County Arts Center, Rahway, NJ
Mr. Gene Coleman Collingswood, NJ Shredded Heritage IV Ensemble N_JP at the Shin Higuchi Institute, Chicago, IL
Ms. Rebekah Driscoll New York, NY Ode to a Nightingale New York Young Musicians Forum at the Advent Lutheran Church, New York, NY
Mr. Peter Edwards Del Mar, CA Puer Natus est Nobis La Jolla Symphony at the Mandeville Auditorium, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Mr. Bruce Fithian Gorham, ME Excerpts from "The Hour-Glass" Faculty from the University of Southern Maine’s School of Music at Corthell Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME
Ms. Erin Gee Graz, Austria Mouthpiece VII Klangforum Wien at the Impuls Competition Concert, Helmot List Halle, Graz, Austria
Mr. Robert Arnold Hall Los Gatos, CA Ms. Carroll's Alice Barbara Day Turner, Suzan Hanson, Sally Mouzon, and Marie Bafus at the Randall Museum Theater, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Jeffrey Hass Bloomington, IN Symphony for Large Orchestra with Electronics Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Mr. Drew Hemenger New York, NY Four Movements for String Quartet Serafin String Quartet at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Hall, New York, NY
Mr. Howard Hersh Nevada City, CA The Pony Concerto Chamber Music Society of Sacramento at California State University's Retirement Center, Sacramento, CA
Mr. Michael Hoffman Robbinsville, NJ The Horizon in Motion Bucks County Community College Symphonic Band at the Bucks County Community College Library Auditorium, Newton, PA
Ms. Susan-Marie Ibarra Forest Hills, NY Shangri-La Ann Hoyt, Robert Mack, Andrew Nolan, Carol To, and Jayoung Yoon at The Kitchen, New York, NY
Mr. Christopher Jentsch Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Suite/Others Jentsch Group Large at Symphony Space, New York City, NY
Ms. Angel LamBaltimore, MD Ambush from Ten Directions Hong Kong Sinfonietta at Hong Kong’s City Hall, Hong Kong
Mr. James Lewis Lutz, FL The Death of Caturla University of South Florida faculty and students at the University of South Florida Theatre 1, Tampa, FL
Ms. Ellen Lindquist Mt. Sinai, NY Groundings Ephyra at Jacqueline DuPre Hall, Oxford, UK
Mr. Andrew List Boston, MA Violin Concerto Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and Eva Szekely at Edward Pickman Concert Hall, Cambridge, MA
Ms. Pamela Madsen Laguna Beach, CA Faraway (Within) California State University Fullerton Orchestra and Singers, at the CSUF Little Theater, Fullerton, CA
Mr. Ingram Marshall Hamden, CT Dark Florescence American Composers Orchestra, Andy Summers, and Ben Verdery at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Ms. Diane Moser Upper Montclair, NJ Music for the Last Flower The Diane Moser Quintet at the Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair, Montclair, NJ and the Renee Weiler Concert Hall, New York, NY
Ms. Diedre L. Murray Laurelton, NY Best of Both Worlds Jeannette Bayardelle, Ronnell Bey, William Scott Davidson, Shaunn Hoggs, Charles R. King, Griffin Matthews, Kenita R. Miller, Richard E. Watts, Damon Banks, Douglas Booth, Lee Pearson, and Marvin Sewell at the Julia Miles Theater, New York, NY
Mr. Koji Nakano San Diego, CA Brush Helikon Ensemble at the Vancouver East Cultural Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mr. Koji Nakano San Diego, CA Ceremonial: Time Song Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra at Vilnius Congress Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania
Ms. Milica Paranosic New York, NY Come Cry With Me Mari Kimura, Carmen Kordas, and Milica Paranosic at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Mr. Jack Perla San Francisco, CA On a Train Heading South Mirage Ensemble at the ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA
Mr. David Plylar Rochester, NY Classical Walpurgis Night Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra at the Eastman Theater, Rochester, NY
Mr. Pat Rasile New York, NY When Uncle Took the Fiddle, My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, Little Lil and the Swing-Singing Sax Appalachian Ballet Company and Knoxville Youth Orchestra at the Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Mr. Andrew Rathbun Brooklyn, NY Two Islands Suite Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble at Smith's Jazz Club, New York, NY
Mr. Thomas Lawrence Toscano Brooklyn, NY 13 Canzoni Siciliane AL'Offerta Musicale Ensemble at the Auditorium Bellini, Instituto Bellini Chiesa Madre, Catania/Vizzini, Italy
Ms. Nancy Van de Vate Vienna, Austria Where the Cross Is Made Manhattan School of Music with Gordon Ostrowski (Director) at the 5th Annual Convention of the National Opera Association, New York, NY
Mr. Tyler Goodrich White Lincoln, NE Mystic Trumpeter (Sym. No.2) William Shomos and the University of Nebraska Symphony Orchestra at Kimball Recital Hall, Lincoln, NE

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Anna Smith, Manager of Grantmaking Programs
American Music Center
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New York, NY 10010
Tel: (212) 366-5260 x29

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