Americas Vocal Ensemble Composition Competition Winners
Nelly Vuksic, Music Director of the Americas Vocal Ensemble, has announced
the winners of the Ensemble's 1999 Composition Competition. First prize was awarded
to Damon Lee for La Exclamacion, second prize to Jonathan David and
From Tiny Acorns and third prize for The Tender Affliction
by Owen Goldsmith. Honorable mention was given to compositions by Wayland
Rogers, Lawrence Moss, Perry Townsend, Bill Ryan, Ken Langer, Paul Ayres,
Paul Davies, William Harbinson, and Paul Siskind.
The First Prize winner and other awarded compositions will be programmed
during the Americas Vocal Ensemble's 1999-2000 season of concerts at Manhattan's
Americas Society, and throughout the New York area.
Information from www.jamesarts.com
and information previously published here (and there) ...
Strange but true
Edward Elgar's moustache is to be used in the fight against crime: his
portrait is being reproduced on twenty pound British bank notes to foil
would-be counterfeiters because of the difficulty of accurately reproducing
the moustache. There is now an exciting new dimension to life for those
fully equipped with unruly moustaches and willing to offer their services
to other countries.
Pierluigi Destro, who guest-conducts the Moldova RadioTelevision Symphony
Orchestra, now has his reconstruction of an early 19th century arranger's
work of rescoring Beethoven's 7th Symphony for two oboes, two clarinets,
two bassoons, double bassoon, and two horns available in print from the
publisher Ut Orpheus (Bologna).
St Paul section leaders
The Cathedral Choir of St. Paul (USA) is looking for Alto, Tenor and
Bass Section Leaders to work Sept-May for $3200 per year. Info from the
Director of Music on +1 651 228 1766.
A new satellite channel is to broadcast opera across Europe, every evening
for six hours. David Frost and Franco Zeffirelli are responsible for the
new venture - a result of Frost interviewing Zeffirelli for a TV show!
Internet Music Delivery Deal
In the fast-changing world of internet music licencing, a deal has been
announced between ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers) and mp3.com (an online distributor of music in MP3 format).
Musicians whose work is featured at mp3.com will be allowed to join ASCAP
for a $10 membership fee, in order to receive royalty payments when their
music is downloaded or purchased on CD. A reciprocal deal will allow mp3.com
to offer downloads of music by songwriters and composers already represented
by ASCAP online.
The centenary of Aaron Copland's birth in 2000 will be marked by special
events, and Howard Pollack's new biography has anticipated the event by
publication in the USA in the last few weeks, although it will not appear
in the UK until early next year. The New York Philharmonic has announced
a COMPLETELY COPLAND Festival in Lincoln Center to run 27 November to 11
December. Other events to celebrate Copland will be announced later.
Hickox is Elgar President
Richard Hickox was elected president of the Elgar Society at the Society's
AGM in Malvern, UK, on 5 June. The post has been vacant since the death
of Yehudi Menuhin. Hickox has recorded nearly all Elgar's choral works and
is in a good position to promote the future interests of the Society.
One of our correspondents, Patric Standford has been awarded First Prize
in the City of Ostend's International Composers' Competition for his Fantasy
Quintet for clarinet and strings - to be heard on July 8 and 11 at the Ostend
Conservatoire as part of the 1999 ClarinetFest. Our congratulations go to
College and high school students are invited to apply for a scholarship
to join the Nayhehol International Music Festival and Competition,
August 3-22 1999 in Ansong, Korea. The teaching faculty includes four members
of the New York Philharmonic and professors from Juilliard. Sponsorship
by the government of Kyonggi Province allows the festival to offer a full
scholarship to all participants, who only need to pay for their room and
board. The application process involves filling in an on-line application
form at www.nayhehol.com/applicationform.html
and then either sending in a video tape by June 25 or taking a live audition
in New York on July 1 or 2. 110 students will be accepted. Full details
at www.nayhehol.com .
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