Society for New Music


2017 Brian Israel Prize Winners Announced

Alex Stephenson SNM's Israel Prize 2017 goes to Alex Stephenson, a Philadelphia native born in 1990 who holds degrees from Eastman, the Guildhall School in London where he was a Fulbright scholar, and the University of Chicago. His winning work was Clarissima for viola and piano. Alex's teachers include Marta Ptazynska, Julian Anderson, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, among others.

Simon FrischThe New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel prize, also selected by SNM's judges, went to Simon Frisch, a New York-based American-Breton composer who earned both his Master's and Bachelor's degrees at Juilliard, studying with Robert Beaser and Samuel Adler. Simon was winner of the 2014-15 New Juilliard Ensemble commissioning competition and the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Simon's winning work was for his string quartet, Provost.

Both winners receive a cash prize and a performance on the Society for New Music's winter season of concerts in Syracuse.

James BudinichThe judges also awarded an Honorable Mention to James Budinich for his Separate Realities for soprano, viola, and fixed electronics. James earned his Master's in Composition from Binghamton University, and will head to Duke this fall to begin work for his PhD. His mentors include Daniel Thomas Davis, Gregory Spears, and Chris Arrell.


Registration now open for 2017 Young Composers Corner

The Society for New Music is pleased to announce the 9th annual Young Composers Corner program for aspiring young composers during the 2017 Cazenovia Counterpoint festival.

Middle- and high-school age students interested in or currently writing music will have the unique opportunity to work with a professional composer to develop and refine their writing skills, think and talk critically about new music with each other, and work to develop a new piece during the program.

The program will run July 17-21 and will culminate on Family Arts Day, Saturday, July 22, with a performance and recording of these works by outstanding regional professional musicians. These musicians will both play the works and provide insightful feedback to the composers about their pieces.

For more information, download the brochure.


SNM's new 2-CD recording now available

"Music Here & Now: From the Heart of New York", the new SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music) Award-winning 2-disc set of seven Society-commissioned works, is now available at Innova and iTunes.

"Music Here & Now" pulls together works from Rob Deemer, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Gregory Wanamaker, Zhou Tian, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, "Doctuh" Mike Woods, and Mark Olivieri. Encompassing a wide range of styles and influences from Mexican to Peruvian folk music to jazz to classical to the natural world to social and political concerns, the music stakes a claim to an aural world informed by but not bound to geography or genre.

For complete notes, download the CD booklet.


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