The 2013 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and the January 11, 2013, Future Classics concert have been cancelled due to a standstill in labor negotiations. Composers who were selected to participate in the 2013 Composer Institute and Future Classics concert will have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 program.
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and American Composers Forum in cooperation with New Music USA, provides the opportunity for emerging symphonic composers from across the nation to participate in an intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra.
2014 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
|Tomorrow, at Dawn|
Ithaca, New York
College Park, Maryland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
About the 2014 Composer Institute participants
Kati Agócs’ music has been commissioned and performed by such ensembles as the Toronto Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble and Eighth Blackbird. She has been awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship and the ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, and her music was the Audience Choice Winner at New York’s SONiC Festival. She holds a doctoral degree from the Juilliard School and now serves on the composition faculty of the New England Conservatory. Born in Canada of Hungarian and American ancestry, she maintains a work studio in Newfoundland. Her website is agocsmusic.com.
Eugene Birman has written in various genres for a range of ensembles and performers, and his music has been performed across the U.S., Europe and Asia. The first prize winner of the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione “Lavagnino 2007,” he has received commissions from the Latvian Radio Choir, Estate Musicale Chigiana and Estonian Music Days, and he has been a guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, Radio Classica and ERR Klassikaraadio. A graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint B.A.-M.M. program, and a former Fulbright scholar, he is currently pursuing a doctorate in music at University of Oxford, Christ Church. His website is eugenebirman.com.
Texu Kim’s music has earned awards and honors from the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Isang Yun International Composition Prize and Joong-Ang Music Concours. He has been commissioned by Ensemble Modern and Ensemble TIMF, and his works have been performed by Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, among other groups. He holds composition degrees from Seoul National University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry; he is now pursuing a doctorate at Indiana University. In 1998 he was a silver medal winner at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia.
Loren Loiacono’s works have been performed by such ensembles as the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony Orchestra, 5th House Ensemble and Argento Ensemble, and her music has been featured on National Public Radio. She is pursuing a doctorate in composition at Cornell University; she previously earned degrees from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the 2012 Woods Chandler Memorial Prize and the 2009 Abraham Beekman Cox Composition Prize. This summer she will be a fellow at both the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Her website is lorenloiacono.com.
Evan Meier’s music has been performed in the U.S. and abroad by such ensembles as the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Nimbus Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble and Calyx Quartet. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, will be presented this fall by New York City Opera’s VOX 2012; it was premiered earlier by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. He holds degrees from Chapman University, Cal State Northridge and the University of Maryland, and he has attended several major festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Music11, the Fontainebleau American Conservatory and Opera From Scratch. His website is evanmeier.com.
Matthew Peterson has received commissions from musicians and ensembles in the U.S., England and Sweden, and his works have been performed across North America and Europe. His output includes two chamber operas and six orchestral scores; choral works; pieces for soloists, chamber ensembles and electronic media; and post-rock songs for his band in Sweden. He has received many honors including the Fulbright Grant. He studied composition at St. Olaf College, Indiana University and the Gotlands Tonsättarskola, served on the faculty of the Gotland School of Music and was an associate instructor at Indiana University. His website is matthew-peterson.com.
Michael Schachter’s background includes studies in both composition and piano. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, he traveled to Chennai, India, on a John Knowles Paine Fellowship, and studied Karnatic music. He recently completed his master’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied with Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers; he will begin pursuing a doctorate there in the fall. He maintains a private piano and composition studio in Ann Arbor, and he has taught “Composition for Non-Majors” at the University of Michigan under Bright Sheng and Michael Daugherty. His website is michaelschachter.com.
More about the Composer Institute
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute is unique in the nation in its combination of orchestral rehearsals, public performance and numerous targeted workshops, with music industry leaders speaking on musical, career, business and professional development issues. The Institute nurtures the participants’ musical acumen and broadens their career management skills, assisting in their growth as artists and community leaders. Seminar topics include many not offered elsewhere, including advanced instrumental and orchestral writing, copyrights, commissioning, licensing, publishing, promotion, music preparation, public speaking, working with conductors and union orchestras, community residencies, CD and media production, and working in educational settings, among others.
“The week at the Composer Institute was one of the best weeks in my life,” says Ming-Hsiu Yen, a 2008 Institute participant. “The first-rate music education system in the United States is what brought me here from Taiwan, and the conservatory training that I received has been invaluable in making me a better musician. There has been nothing, however, that could compare to what I learned in a week at the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.”
The Composer Institute is an outgrowth of the Orchestra’s “Perfect Pitch” program, an annual series of new music reading sessions for Minnesota composers launched during the 1995-96 season in collaboration with the American Composers Forum. Perfect Pitch was reformulated in 2001 as the Composer Institute, as the program’s focus broadened and national participation was invited.
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About the Composer Institute’s past leaders and seminar faculty
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute was founded in 2002 by the Orchestra and composer Aaron Jay Kernis, who directed the program for its first 11 seasons. Former Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä oversaw the program’s expansion in 2006 to include a public “Future Classics” performance of works by Composer Institute participants, which he conducted annually for six seasons. The Institute’s past seminar faculty have included such industry leaders as American Composers Forum president and CEO John Nuechterlein; Ed Harsh, president of New Music USA; composer and music engraving expert William Holab of Bill Holab Music; attorney James M. Kendrick; composer advocate Frank J. Oteri of New Music USA; composers Stephen Paulus, Alex Shapiro and Steven Stucky; and numerous musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute is generously sponsored by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.; The Amphion Foundation, Inc.; Catherine L. and Gerald B. Fischer; Jack and Linda Hoeschler Family Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; Hella Mears Hueg and Bill Hueg; Daniel and Constance Kunin; National Endowment for the Arts; David and Judy Ranheim;and Frederick E. and Gloria B. Sewell.
We gratefully acknowledge the American Composers Forum as our partner in presenting the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.