The New Haven Symphony Orchestra has announced the launch of a two-year-long Connecticut Young Composers’ Project with Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas. Ten high-school-age composers will be selected by the orchestra, which is accepting applications until September 1. The composers will meet with Thomas three times a year for composing lessons; each student will have his or her composition premiered by the New Haven Symphony Contemporary Music Group as the final piece of the project. Thomas’s residency with the NHSO is made possible through Music Alive, a national program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer; the program helps orchestras support the presentation of new music and build support for new music within their institutions. More information is available by calling NHSO Education Director Hauk Graham at 203-865-0831 or by visiting the NHSO website Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation Joseph & Rosalie Meyer Fund.

Posted August 18, 2009