Minnesota Orchestra picks seven composers for next Composers Institute

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Seven U.S. composers have been selected to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra’s thirteenth annual Composer Institute, a professional training program for symphonic composers, under Institute Director Kevin Puts. The seven are Kirsten Broberg, Matthew Browne, Joshua Cerdenia, Emily Cooley, Nicholas DiBerardino, Michael Gilbertson, and Anthony Vine. From January 25 to 30, 2016, the seven will be in residence in Minneapolis, where they will participate in rehearsals, seminars, and mentoring sessions. On January 29 at Orchestra Hall, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will perform works by each of the seven composers: Broberg’s Celestial Dawning, Browne’s Barnstorming Season, Cerdenia’s Magayon, Cooley’s Scroll of the Air, DiBerardino’s Asphodel, Gilbertson’s Sinfonia After Vivaldi, and Vine’s Transmission. The Composer Institute is an outgrowth of the orchestra’s annual series of new-music reading sessions for Minnesota composers launched in 1995. Aaron Jay Kernis led the Composer Institute for eleven seasons; Puts is in his second year heading the program.

Posted June 9, 2015