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 […]

Call for Adventurous Musicians

Call for Musicians 2019 Music in the Trees Call for Adventurous Musicians Music in the Trees: ecologically based music event August 17-18, 2019 Belwin Conservancy is looking for four duets, trios (or other) with strong improvisational skills to perform from tree hunting stands (16’ high, individual seats attached to trees within Belwin’s four-acre, red pine […]

MRAC grant update

MRAC’s new deadlines and grant guidelines have been published to their website. Download the grant overview document here: FY20 Grant Calendar. There are major and minor changes to the grant programs for our next year; highlights include: Community Arts Program and the Arts Activities Support grant programs will be merged into a new Arts Project Support grant program. Attend one […]

New Heukeshoven Composition Focuses Reconciliation and Forgiveness

“Father Forgive”, a new composition by Saint Mary’s music professor, A. Eric Heukeshoven, will receive both international and national premieres in the coming weeks. The work for choir and flute is based on the “Coventry Litany of Reconcilation” – written by Canon Joseph Poole in 1958. The text was inspired by a relentless bombing raid […]