Broadcast Music, Inc. composer Joel Puckett has been commissioned to write a 15-minute work for Philadelphia vocal ensemble The Crossing. The prestigious Dale Warland Commission comes from Chorus America in partnership with the American Composers Forum, and was founded to recognize a chorus that seeks to collaborate with a composer to contribute a new work to the choral repertoire.
Puckett’s work for unaccompanied voices will be premiered at the seventh annual Month of Moderns Festival in Philadelphia during the summer of 2015. The Crossing established the festival, which is comprised of three main concerts, each with a major premiere, as well as additional concerts of music by featured composers and gallery shows of work by collaborating visual artists. The festival has become a vital part of Philadelphia’s new music scene.
Puckett is currently on the full-time faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses in music theory and composition, and he recently finished a term as the composer-in-residence for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Other recent and upcoming commissions for Puckett include Short Stories, a concerto for string quartet commissioned jointly for the McIver and Miró Quartets; chamber works for pianist Nick Philips and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble; a large work for flute ensemble and soloist commissioned for Marina Piccinini; and the very first Reed Quintet Consortium commission.
BMI offers our warmest congratulations to Mr. Puckett on this latest achievement.