Soundvoice: A legacy of creative agency in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood

By Kris Kautzman, ACF Manager of Community Partnerships Earlier this year we announced1 that Oakland-based artist Julie Herndon is the recipient of ACF’s first Bay Area Composer Residency award, a $10,000 grant for a local, composer-led community collaboration project. Julie will organize and lead Soundvoice 2020 with the Center for New Music and Code Tenderloin. […]

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American Composers Forum and AACM Announce Three Composers Selected For 2019-2020 ACF | connect Program Elizabeth A. Baker, Adegoke Steve Colson, and Rudresh Mahanthappa

2019/2020 ACF connect selected composers Elizabeth A. Baker, Adegoke Steve Colson, Rudresh Mahanthappa

ACF to Award Composers Commissions to Have World Premieres Performed by the Great Black Music Ensemble, Part of AACM’s 55th Anniversary Season The American Composers Forum (ACF) and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) today announce the three composers selected as participants for the third annual ACF | connect program, in partnership […]

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American Composers Forum Partners with Roomful of Teeth in  World Premieres by Mingjia Chen, Mary Kouyoumdjian,and Peter S. Shin at MASS MoCA, August 23

2018 - 2019 ACF CONNECT Winners

On Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8pm, the American Composers Forum partners with GRAMMY-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth in world premieres by Mingjia Chen, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Peter S. Shin at MASS MoCA. Celebrating Roomful of Teeth’s ten years of re-imagining the potential of the human voice, the program includes both a retrospective of […]

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SEVEN COMPOSERS SELECTED FOR 2020 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA COMPOSER INSTITUTE

Composers will travel to Minneapolis for Orchestra’s acclaimed professional training program, directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts and co-presented with the American Composers Forum Institute runs from January 6 through 10, 2020,culminating in a Minnesota Orchestra concert conducted by Osmo Vänskä Seven emerging composers have been selected as participants for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 17th annual […]

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2019 McKnight Composer Fellows and McKnight Visiting Composers Announced

2019 McKnight Fellows And McKnight Visiting

ST. PAUL, MN – The American Composers Forum (ACF) today announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Fellowships for Composers, funded by the McKnight Foundation. These awards, which include $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, are an investment in the artistic and professional development of the selected artists. The four fellows were chosen from […]

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Now Accepting Submissions for NextNotes High School Music Creator Awards

Back to school, back to finding the next creative voices in music! The American Composers Forum is calling all musicians to the sixth annual American Composers Forum NextNotes® High School Music Creator Awards. NextNotes is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music – in any style! All-expenses-paid opportunity to work with mentors […]

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BandQuest/ChoralQuest Curriculum Survey

Educators, we need your expertise! Our Education team is seeking feedback to make our curricular offerings even better. You can learn about our existing resources here. For many of our BandQuest and ChoralQuest pieces, we offer lessons like: Meet the Composer Full musical elements analysis Warm-ups Listen & Respond Create/Composition Interdisciplinary connections More piece-specific material […]

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2019 Bay Area Composer Residency Awardee Announced

ST. PAUL, MN – American Composers Forum (ACF) announced today that Oakland-based artist Julie Herndon has been awarded the organization’s first Bay Area Composer Residency award. Herndon will receive $10,000 to organize and lead Soundvoice, a collaboration with Center for New Music and Code Tenderloin, also based in the Bay Area. During the summer of […]

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The American Composers Forum Presents the 2019 Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum, September 7

Composers Lead Convening of Artists, Administrators, and Advocates to Discuss Racially Inclusive and Equitable Opportunities www.composersforum.org The American Composers Forum today announces the 2019 Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum, a convening of artists, administrators, and advocates to discuss racially inclusive and equitable opportunities for creative musicians happening September 7, 2019 in Saint Paul, MN. Artists […]

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Spring ChoralQuest Rolling World Premieres and Travel with Abbie Betinis

Our newest ChoralQuest piece Song in My Head by composer Abbie Betinis received its first two rolling world premieres this spring. Betinis is the first ChoralQuest composer to pilot a new hybrid residency model, working directly with Cottage Grove Middle School in Cottage Grove, MN, and virtually with Lakeside School in Seattle, WA, and Sister […]

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Educators of the Winners of the NextNotes High School Composition Awards Program Recognized

The American Composers Forum, in partnership with MakeMusic®, is proud to acknowledge the influential teachers of the 2019 NextNotes® High School Composition Awards winners. NextNotes is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition regardless of musical style. The following winners were selected for their compositional skills and […]

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American Composers Forum Announced Winners of the NextNotes® High School Awards

Download PDF Press Release Here The American Composers Forum (ACF) is thrilled to announce the winners of the fifth annual NextNotes® High School Composition Awards. NextNotes is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition inclusive of all musical styles. Awards encourage and recognize the creative and talented […]

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Info Sessions for Bay Area Composer Residency: Dates Added

This summer one San Francisco Bay Area composer will be selected to receive $10,000 for the design, coordination, and production of a residency project that begins after September 1, 2019 and ends by March 1, 2021. Learn more at an upcoming info session, so that you’ll be ready to apply before the June 3 deadline. […]

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American Composers Forum Connect Program (ACF | connect) Partners with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians™ (AACM)

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

ACF to Award Three Commissions for Composers to Have World Premieres Performed by Great Black Music Ensemble, Part of AACM’s 55th Anniversary Season The American Composers Forum Connect Program (ACF | connect) today announces its partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the Great Black Music Ensemble for the 2019-20 […]

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to Perform Works by Winners of the 2019 American Composers Forum Showcase

2019 ACF Showcase Winners

ST. PAUL, MN – Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “Flawless, musical and witty, this quartet is able to do anything it sets its mind on,” partners with the American Composers Forum to present three works by the winners of the 2019 ACF Showcase national competition. Composers Clarice Assad (Chicago, IL), Paul Brantley […]

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Register for Bay Area Composer Residency Info Sessions

This coming summer, one San Francisco Bay Area composer will be selected to receive $10,000 for the design, coordination, and production of a residency project that begins after September 1, 2019 and ends by March 1, 2021. This is an opportunity for you to design and lead a local project, in which you are the […]

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“A Spectrum of Inspiring Music”

William J. Lackey, ACF’s VP of Programs, Reflects on the 2019 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute The Minnesota Orchestra in partnership with the American Composers Forum held the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, January 14 – 18, 2019. The Institute is a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Under the […]

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Composer Abbie Betinis to write new ChoralQuest work in residence with MN, WA, and PA middle-level choirs

Download PDF of Press Release American Composers Forum (ACF) has selected Abbie Betinis as the 2019 ChoralQuest® composer. ChoralQuest, now in its ninth year, is a commissioning program designed to enhance mid-level choral repertoire with new works by notable composers. An award-winning composer, Betinis is known for her audacious vocal music often inspired by language, […]

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“My Brain Is a Definite Patchwork”: JFund Awardee Shelley Washington

Written by Michael Cyrs. On their 2015 album Dysnomia, Dawn of Midi created something for jazz, classical, and DIY fans alike. Simply arranged, the album never reaches outside its toolbox of piano, drums, and double bass. What makes it one of the most memorable jazz records of the decade, however, lies in its patchwork rhythms. […]

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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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JFund Awardee Martin Nevin and the Inexpressible Merits of Solitude

Written by Michael J. Cyrs “Certain things for me are very hard to express with words,” explains JFund awardee and bassist Martin Nevin. His new record, Tenderness is Silent, deals with this problem. Apart from the classic jazz hall sound of the record, titles like “Grasp at Nothing” and “I See It Feelingly” are the […]

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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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New ChoralQuest Release: Somos los dueños by Judd Greenstein

We are thrilled to announce our newest addition to ChoralQuest®, our music series for middle-level choir: Somos los dueños by Judd Greenstein. “Judd Greenstein is one of America’s freshest new voices in choral music. What a joy for any young singer to be exposed to his work early in their choral journey. Through an infectious rhythmic ostinato and simple vocal […]

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Vanessa Rose Appointed as American Composers Forum President and CEO

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2018 Press Contacts: Bonnie Marshall, Vice President of Development 651.251.2822 bmarshall@composersforum.org John Nuechterlein, Current President & CEO 651.251.2811 jnuechterlein@composersforum.org ST. PAUL, MN: American Composers Forum Board Chair Anne LeBaron today announced the appointment of Vanessa Rose as ACF’s new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2019. Rose currently serves as […]

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Joel Mellin and the Intersection of Human Sensory Experience

Written by Michael J. Cyrs On Björk’s audiovisual LP Biophilia, the Icelandic singer wore numerous musical hats. Although the most notable takeaway from the record is her masterful voice, it’s often the expertise of her collaborators that drives the songs. Featuring everything from hang drum to full dubstep breakdowns, there seemed to be no musical […]

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Louisa Castner and Victor Zupanc Complete a Remarkable Residency

We are proud to share national recognition for Love Never Forgets, new choral music by Louisa Castner and Victor Zupanc, commissioned through an ACF community residency program in Minnesota. This 18-month project with Giving Voice and MacPhail Center for Music set out to boldly defy conventional wisdom that people with Alzheimer’s can’t learn new things, […]

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BandQuest New Release: Pop! by Tawnie Olson

We are thrilled to announce our newest addition to BandQuest®, our music series for middle-level band: Grade 3 Pop! by Tawnie Olson!   “Pop! is a delightful musical journey for the players and the audience. This artistically constructed exercise in acceleration, tension, crescendo and their oppositional counterparts begins with melodic fragments that gradually combine to reveal the […]

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Metal Aether by JFund Awardee Lea Bertucci Is One of the Most Compelling Experimental Records of the Year

Lea Bertucci (Queens, NY)

by Michael J. Cyrs The setting: A concrete WWII-era bunker. The studio: Abandoned corridors of metal and empty space. The instrument: An old silver alto saxophone. These aren’t the average constraints you’d encounter when recording music, but JFund awardee Lea Bertucci isn’t an average composer. “I am more interested in creating architecture and physical spaces […]

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