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BMI Celebrates Tanglewood’s Composition Fellows

Posted in News on August 6, 2015
Pictured (L-R) are this year’s composintion fellows: Nathan Shields, Kate Moore, Loren Loiacono, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Natalie Draper and Ryan Chase.
Pictured (L-R) are this year’s composintion fellows: Nathan Shields, Kate Moore, Loren Loiacono, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Natalie Draper and Ryan Chase.

The summer of 2015 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, the famed training academy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer campus where instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and conductors come from around the country and overseas to study with one of the most illustrious music faculties in the world. Fellowships are highly competitive, none more so that the Composition Fellowship, for which there were only six candidates chosen this year. Young composers on the verge of professional careers study with co-chairs John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, as well as numerous visiting faculty.

The summer’s highlight for these young composers is surely the Festival of Contemporary Music, which features several concerts, workshops and seminars with visiting artists. In honor of the 75th Anniversary, this year Tanglewood commissioned 30 new works from TMC alumni and former and current faculty, including a work from the late Gunther Schuller, who co-founded the week-long celebration of living composers in 1964. You can read BMI’s interview with the late Maestro Schuller here.

BMI congratulates these emerging composers on their achievements, and we look forward to hearing more from them in the future.