Kyle Pederson Wins The 2019 American Prize in Choral Composition

KYLE PEDERSON of St Paul, MN is the winner of The 2019 American Prize in Choral Composition. He was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize is the nation’s most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward […]

Update from MN Composer Lisa Renee Ragsdale

This week we catch up with MN Composer Lisa Renee Ragsdale In November 2018 I received a commission from one Jacqueline Pickett of Atlanta, GA to compose a new work for Double Bass (her instrument) + Cello and Viola. I began work on this in February 2019 and completed my “Ethereal Trio” on May 12/2019 […]

Attend an upcoming ACF Create grant info session

INFORMATION SESSIONS William Lackey, ACF Vice President of Programs, will conduct six 60-minute 2019 ACF | create Application Workshops online to go over the application process. These sessions will be offered online via Zoom. Video tutorials on how to use the Zoom online meeting system can be found here: 2019 ACF | create Commissioning […]

Jocelyn Hagen commissioned by MN Opera

Minnesota Opera recently announced the commission of The Song Poet for Project Opera, Minnesota Opera’s premier youth vocal training program, with Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Song Poet, serving as the librettist and Jocelyn Hagen (2010 McKnight Composer Fellow) as the composer. Read more about the project.

Share your work at a New Ruckus Composer Night

Composers, are you interested in sharing work at an upcoming New Ruckus Composer Night? Contact Paul Cantrell to sign up for an upcoming date: August 20, September 18, October 14, November 13, or December 9. New Ruckus welcomes music of all genres and at all stages of the creative process: a grand premiere, a work in progress, a risky […]

“In Common” in the news

MN composer/performer Kashimana Ahua was the focus of an article in this week’s West Central Tribune. Read the article in which she talks about her work as Willmar composer-in-residence for the past year. Selected by the community for ACF’s In Common project, Ahua led hundreds of community members in the creation of a Willmar songbook, and people of all ages and […]

TPT Originals features “Love Never Forgets”

People with demential can learn new songs. TPT Originals recently released a short documentary about Love Never Forgets, the 2017-18 collaboration between Giving Voice Chorus, American Composers Forum, and MacPhail Center for Music. See the video about this groundbreaking commission project with music and lyrics by Victor Zupanc and Louisa Castner, who spent months with the singers to learn about their experiences […]

Schubert Club Announcement

This week the Schubert Club announced the selection of Minnesota composer deVon Gray as its new Composer-in-Residence beginning September 1, 2019. Gray will serve a two-year term in this position for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. In addition, Schubert Club will award financial support to the creation of new works by two other Minnesota-based composers, Asako Hirabayashi and Aleksandr Brusentsev. Read […]

The Crossing features work by Edie Hill

MN composer Edie Hill is one of six contemporary composers featured on “Evolutionary Spirits,” the new album from The Crossing. Broadway World reports, the album “taps the breadth and depth of The Crossing as they approach a dazzlingly wide scope of styles and unique compositional voices. The true strength of this collection lies in its aural reflections […]