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Classical Music Finds a Way to Showcase New Works


From News, posted 9.01.20. Across the country beginning in early March, classical concerts were being postponed, then canceled. Since then, though concert halls remain dark, the creation and performance of music has continued, thanks to numerous classical music organizations that have stepped up during these unprecedented times to ensure that classical composers have platforms on… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 68th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners


From News, posted 5.12.20. The BMI Foundation (BMIF), in collaboration with BMI, has announced the eight young classical composers, ages 18 to 27, who have been named winners of the 68th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. With the postponement of this year’s ceremony, Director of the Awards and BMIF President Deirdre Chadwick announced the recipients… Read more...

Zigzagging Through Genres, BMI Composer Aaron Zigman’s Music Transcends Boundaries


From News, posted 2.27.20. As a classically trained pianist, conductor and composer, Aaron Zigman brings to his work a degree of versatility that’s rarely seen. His deep classical roots, combined with his background in writing and producing songs for many of music’s greatest performers, has given him the ability to traverse all genres of music.… Read more...

Women Warriors Capture the Audience at NY’s Alice Tully Hall


From News, posted 9.24.19. BMI composers Amy Andersson, Miriam Cutler, Lolita Ritmanis, Starr Parodi, Isolde Fair, Mandy Hoffman and Penka Kouneva, along with composers Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber and violinist Nathalie Bonin, paid inspiring tribute to some of the women who have changed the course of history on Friday with their stunning concert, Women Warriors:… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Classical Composer Christopher Rouse


From News, posted 9.23.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of renowned classical composer and mentor, Christopher Rouse, who passed away on Saturday in Baltimore at the age of 70. The Pulitzer Prize-winning symphonist is known for pursuing and capturing the expressive spirit of “New Romanticism,” a term he himself used to describe his extensive… Read more...

Student Composer Award Winner Juan Pablo Contreras’ Star Continues to Rise


From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. Juan Pablo Contreras is a shining example of why BMI bestows its Student Composer Awards to promising classical composers. It was not that long ago that Contreras won BMI’s William Schuman Prize for his piece, ”El Laberinto de la Soledad.” True to the intent of the accolade, he has continually demonstrated… Read more...

How Do Composers Develop Their Own Voice?


From The Weekly, posted 9.10.19. In honor of Classical Music Month, The Weekly tapped into Deirdre Chadwick, who leads BMI’s Classical team, for her thoughts on how composers develop their own voice. Here’s what she said:  Deirdre Chadwick, Creative, New York: I think if you posed the question to 100 composers, you could easily… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Pulitzer Prize Winner Mario Davidovsky


From News, posted 8.29.19. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing of legendary BMI classical composer Mario Davidovsky. Known for his pioneering use of live acoustic instruments and electronics, Davidovsky sought to maintain an organic human element in his work, which he achieved throughout his prolific career. Notably, he won the Pulitizer Prize… Read more...

Lucas Richman’s Music Inspires the Audience to Repair the World


From News, posted 8.20.19. Lucas Richman’s newest work, Symphony:This Will Be Our Reply, made its West Coast Premiere on August 17 to an inspired crowd at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Conducted by Noreen Green of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, the three movements of music explore the contrasts of great beauty… Read more...

With Baton in Hand, Composer and Conductor Lucas Richman Talks Musical Storytelling


From News, posted 8.07.19. From the moment GRAMMY-winning Lucas Richman stepped into BMI’s Earle Hagen Film Scoring Workshop as a student in 1987, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross knew he was destined for greatness, and she was right. What she didn’t know was that she would have the opportunity to work with him for 22 years to… Read more...

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Jan 19 2012 The Music of BMI Composer-in-Residence Adam Schoenberg: Nashville
May 14 2010 BMI Student Composer Awards: New York
Mar 10 2010 BMI Pick of the Month: New York
May 15 2009 BMI Student Composer Awards: New York
Jan 16 2009 BMI Pick of the Month: Los Angeles
Jul 30 2008 BMI “Vocal Workshop”: New York
Jul 23 2008 BMI “Vocal Workshop”: New York
Jul 16 2008 BMI “Vocal Workshop”: New York
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Jun 25 2008 BMI “Vocal Workshop”: New York