Society for New Music


2022 Israel/Pellman Prize Winners Announced

The Society for New Music has selected the winners of the Israel/Pellman and New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize for 2022.

The Israel/Pellman Prize winner is Christian-Frédéric Bloquert, born in 1997, for his Serenade: Recomposed. He is a student of Matthias Pintscher at Juilliard.

The New York Federation of Music Cubs Israel Prize winner, administered by SNM, is Alexandros Darna, born in 1998, for his Minnaloushe. He is a student at Manhattan School of Music where he studies with Dr. J. Mark Stambaugh.

There were three Honorable Mentions chosen from across the state. They are Wisconsin-born Jacob Beranek, born 1998, a NYC-based composer of classical music often infused with love of his Czech heritage who studies with John Corigliano at Juilliard; Nicolas Farmer, born 1998, from College Station, TX, who earned his undergrad degree in composition and horn performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and currently is a master’s degree student at Manhattan School of Music; and Ziyi Tao, born 2002, a native of Beijing who now makes his home in New York City and is a student of Dr. Max Grafe at the Special Music School in New York.

In addition to the prize money, the winners will have their music performed during the 2022-2023 season. Music by Honorable Mentions may be performed in this or a future season.

In all, 47 submissions were received from composers aged 30 and under, either living or studying in New York State. SNM panelists were conductor/trombonist Heather Buchman and pianist Sar-Shalom Strong, who each serve on the Hamilton College faculty, and composer Natalie Draper, who is on the faculty of Syracuse University.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications Being Accepted for HWS Composer's Sandbox Summer Intensive

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Composer's Sandbox Summer Intensive is an opportunity for composers in the early stages of their career to study with a renowned faculty of composers. Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to work with musicians from the award-winning Society for New Music. The two-week-long Intensive will culminate in a performance and recording of their work by SNM's acclaimed Society Players.

DATES: May 29-June 11, 2022

* Daily meetings with composition faculty to discuss works in progress
* Faculty-led group composition seminars to facilitate discussion of student works and provide evaluative and critical feedback
* Improvisation workshops
* 48-hour composition challenge
* Composition seminars to look at seminal works and works by historically disenfranchised/marginalized composers -- particularly focusing on compositions germane to the works of student composers
* Orchestration seminars
* A seminar on entrepreneurship: building marketing skills as a composer

FACULTY: Mark Olivieri, Jennifer Bellor, Marc Mellits, Douwe Eisenga

TUITION: $1,500, includes room and board

NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 23, 2022 (midnight EST)
Due to technical difficulties with the website, the application deadline has been extended.

For more information or to apply, visit

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