New Music for America invites orchestras to join consortium for score by Jennifer Higdon

Posted on: January 27, 2020

New Music for America (NMFA), a consortium of small- and medium-budget orchestras (includ-ing youth orchestras), is looking to enlist at least one orchestra from every state in the U.S. to join the consortium in commissioning composer Jennifer Higdon, who will write a suite based on her opera Cold Mountain. Inspired by the success of Ford Made in America, a program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA, NMFA commissions, promotes, and performs the work of some of our nation’s most important composers. NMFA began in 2015 with Christopher Theofanidis’s Dreamtime Ancestors. Orchestras in the consortium will have exclu-sive performance rights for the Higdon suite through June 2023, following the work’s September 2021 world premiere by the Delaware Symphony. The scaled buy-in includes the rental fee and, once the NMFA receives grant money, re-grants towards the orchestras’ production costs will be available. Five composer-in-residence opportunities, fully funded by NMFA, will be awarded based on application and composer availability. As of January 1, 2020, nineteen orchestras in six-teen states have joined the Higdon commission. NMFA committee members are now calling on orchestras in the remaining states. For more information, contact