Four composers selected by New Jersey Symphony for inaugural composition institute

Posted on: May 27, 2014

In Friday’s (5/23) Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), Ronni Reich writes, “Four composers have been named to take part in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, in which they will receive coaching and career guidance, take part in master classes, and have world premieres of their work performed in concert. Lembit Beecher, David Biedenbender, Daniel J. Choi and Chris Rogerson will be the first artists showcased through the program. They were chosen from an international pool of 28 student and early career applicants. Composer and Princeton University department of music chair Steven Mackey will direct the institute… ‘What is truly unique about this Institute is the multifaceted experience the composers will receive,’ Mackey said in a statement. ‘The business of composing goes beyond the creative musical process, and at the Institute, industry leaders will illuminate key elements of publishing, promotion and other important practical issues these composers will encounter as they launch and sustain successful careers.’ The orchestra will perform one piece by each composer in concert at the Richardson Auditorium July 19. Their works may also be selected for future concerts during the regular season.”

Posted May 27, 2014