In Tuesday’s (9/30) New York Times Allan Kozinn reports that the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Orchestra, and EarShot have named the composers who will receive orchestral commissions as part of a new initiative “to provide commissions and premieres for scores composed by women.… They are Julia Adolphe, 26, a composer, writer and producer who lives in Los Angeles, and Melody Eötvös, 30, an Australian-born composer of both multimedia and traditional works who lives in Bloomington, Ind. Each will receive a $15,000 commissioning fee for a 15-minute work. The orchestras that will perform their works have not been announced. The program began in February and is supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, which is also underwriting opera commissions for women, administered by Opera America. Ms. Adolphe and Ms. Eötvös were selected from among six composers who took part in EarShot’s series of rehearsals, career development workshops and mentoring sessions with orchestras around the country (including, this year, the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra). The winners were selected by a panel of composers.” EarShot is administered by American Composers Orchestra with partner organizations the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA.

Posted October 1, 2014

Pictured left: Julia Adolphe (photo by Martin Chalifour)
Pictured right: Melody Eötvös (photo by Grant Heger)