New York’s Albany Symphony Orchestra has chosen three winners of its national composer competition, whose works will be showcased in May during the ASO’s annual American Music Festival. The composers are Brian Nicholas Petuch, a composition student at Mannes College; Katherine Balch, a music composition and history/political science student in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory of Music double degree program; and William Gardiner, a composition student at the Yale School of Music.  Works by each of the composers will be performed on May 30 at a Festival Reading Session during the American Music Festival, the ASO’s multi-day annual celebration of American music and living composers. The composers were chosen as part of the ASO’s Composer to Center Stage program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Composer to Center Stage program is in the second year of a three-year collaboration between the ASO and composers, and encompasses concert and commissioning events, recordings, community engagement, and educational activities.

Posted April 5, 2013