Champaign-Urbana Symphony gets its first composer in residence, through Music Alive

Posted on: January 4, 2017

“Composer Stacy Garrop really enjoyed the experience she had several years ago as a composer-in-residence with the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra,” writes Melissa Merli in Tuesday’s (1/3) News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). “So after she discovered the latest Music Alive composer-in-residence program, she asked Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra conductor Stephen Alltop whether he would want to pair her with the orchestra to apply. From 60 applications, Garrop/C-U Symphony and four other composer/orchestra pairs were selected, marking the first time the C-U Symphony will have a composer-in-residence.” Music Alive is a program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. “Garrop will visit the community over the next two years and will be introduced at the C-U Symphony’s March 17 concert at Krannert Center. ‘I’m totally excited,’ the Evanston-based composer said. ‘The main focus of this is to get communities excited about having a living composer working in the community and having the audience understand what it is a composer does.’ … The 47-year-old recipient of numerous awards and grants will, among other things, speak to general audiences and schoolchildren, lead workshops for student and young composers … and hear her music performed by the C-U Symphony.” Click here for more on Music Alive. 

Posted January 4, 2017