Composers Selected for 2018 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)

2018 MECA Artists

ST. PAUL, MN – The AmericanComposers Forum is pleased to announce the results of the Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards (MECA), supported with funds from the Jerome Foundation. Three area creative musicians have been selected to receive Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards (MECA). Each selected musician will receive $3,000 to pursue a new project that will help […]

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January Composer Meet-Ups in the Bay Area

In keeping with our mission to nurture the creative spirit of composers and communities, ACF is pleased to launch a new Composer Residency for the Bay Area, in partnership with the Center for New Music in San Francisco. More details below. In advance of this new program, ACF staff be in town to host two FREE […]

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Composers Selected for 2018 ACF | Create Program

2018 ACF Create Winners

SAINT PAUL, MN – The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the results of the ACF | Create program (formerly JFund – Jerome Fund for New Music). With funding from the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum now in its 40th year of commissioning and supporting the production of new works by early career composers […]

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American Composers Forum and Roomful of Teeth Announce Three Composers Selected for ACF CONNECT

2018 - 2019 ACF CONNECT Winners

Three composers have been selected as participants for the second annual ACF CONNECT program offered by the American Composers Forum (ACF) in partnership with the GRAMMY-winning eight-voice ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Recognized for reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice and forging a new repertoire without borders, Roomful of Teeth is an excellent match […]

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Rhythm, Melody, and Dissonance: Trevor Babb’s Guitar

By Michael Cyrs Close your eyes, turn out the lights, and listen to Trevor Babb’s “Septet.” Each guitar note paints a different color of a landscape in your dream. Dozens of other strings come in, and trees form around a pasture. After 90 seconds, the notes climb up the scale as the sun shines down […]

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Letter from Steven Homestead, New ACF-Los Angeles President

I am humbled and excited to announce that as of September 1st, I begin my term as the next President of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles. In addition, Alicia Byer begins serving as ACF-LA Secretary and Treasurer. She steps into this leadership position having most recently run ACF-LA’s music education program. We join […]

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2017 Champion of New Music Charles Amirkhanian

ACF President John Nuechterlein and ACF Board member Vivian Fung presented the 2017 Champion of New Music Award to Charles Amirkhanian, Executive and Artistic Director of the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco. The occasion was a concert on May 20, 2017 featuring the music of Lou Harrison to mark the centennial of his birth […]

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Healing & Hope Through Song Composer and Poet Announced

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce a new community residency program with Giving Voice Chorus (GVC), Giving Voice Initiative (GVI), and the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Composer Victor Zupanc and poet Louisa Castner will collaborate to create a new choral work to be premiered by GVC singers in spring 2018. This […]

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American Composers Forum and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Announce Three Composers Selected for ACF CONNECT

ACF CONNECT Winners

Three composers have been selected as participants for the first annual ACF CONNECT program offered by the American Composers Forum (ACF) in partnership with the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME). Long recognized for its world-class performances and commitment to new work beyond the premiere, PNME is a perfect match for the ACF CONNECT […]

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ACF Delegation to Havana: In Review

The invitation to showcase American composers at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival was, quite frankly, one of the most extraordinary opportunities in the history of ACF.  We have grown measurably from our early roots, and it was a great honor to present the work of ten American composers who represent such a wide range of […]

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høle in the skY: Kathy McTavish

By Tim Hansen Composers are generally a diversely intellectual bunch. In addition to their music training, it’s common for them to have undertaken some other form of study or have an abiding curiosity in a non-musical field that gives a specific flavour to their art. JFund awardee Kathy McTavish has a C.V. that, when compared […]

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A small party for those with big amibitions

Written by Tim Hansen American Composers Forum held a friendly soiree in New York this November for ACF members, hosted by president John Nuechterlein. The night was an informal opportunity for members to meet and network with each other, learn about some of the upcoming opportunities ACF has in the pipes, and for Nuechterlein to […]

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