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BMI Congratulates Composer Matthew Aucoin on his Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship


From News, posted 10.05.18. BMI is proud to congratulate composer Matthew Aucoin whose creative potential has just earned him a MacArthur Fellowship. Aucoin, who is this year’s only composer fellow, is currently artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Opera and co-artistic director of the American Modern Opera Company. His compositions have been performed at such national… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2018 Latin GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 9.21.18. BMI affiliates made another strong showing in the nominations for the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards, which were announced Thursday. In keeping with their continued ascent, a multitude of BMI’s Latin songwriters received multiple nominations to collect coveted GRAMMY gold for their groundbreaking work this year. Among this impressive list of music… Read more...

Composer Sarah Gibson Talks Toy Pianos and Sound Investments


From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. Born into a creative and artistic environment, Los Angeles-based composer and pianist Sarah Gibson has been writing songs since she was five years old. Noted as a “serious talent to watch” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gibson often finds inspiration in visual art, and is equally comfortable composing music for a chamber… Read more...

A Hopeful and Healing Conversation With Composer Hannibal Lokumbe


From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. For more than four decades, composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe (né Marvin Peterson) has been celebrating and commemorating the African-American experience through music that leaves audiences and orchestras alike spellbound with its poignant and riveting historical rawness. His work, which can be defined as nothing short of a healing awakening,… Read more...

An Uncommon Woman: Composer Joan Tower Reflects Upon Six Decades in Classical Music


From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. Most artists hope for a long, rewarding career in the music industry, and composer Joan Tower has raised the bar with an action-packed career spanning more than six decades. Recognized by The New Yorker as “one of the most successful woman composers of all time,” Tower was born in New Rochelle,… Read more...

Peter Boyer’s Music Helps Find the Gateway to America in PBS Special


From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18. In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, PBS will hold the nationwide premiere of Great Performances – Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony, on June 29th. Ellis Island features noted composer Peter Boyer’s original orchestral score built around seven firsthand stories of immigrants drawn from the Ellis Island Oral… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its Student Composer Award Winners


From News, posted 5.15.18. The BMI Foundation, in collaboration with BMI, has announced the nine young classical composers, ages 18 to 26, who have been named winners of the 66th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Renowned American composer and Chair of the Student Composer Awards Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President and CEO and BMIF Honorary… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor


From News, posted 4.06.18. BMI is saddened by the passing of iconic jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Taylor, who was a master of the avant-garde, played with a raw energy so intensely precise it was unmatched in any genre. Having studied classical music at the New England Conservatory in the early 50s, Taylor honed his touch,… Read more...

BMI Affiliate Adrienne Danrich Debuts ‘Love & Trouble: Five Personas ~ One Voice’ in NYC


From News, posted 2.12.18. Emmy-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich has performed leading operatic roles around the world, including Aida and Madame Butterfly, and this year she will be heard at the Cincinnati and Metropolitan Operas, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to being a classically trained singer, the talented BMI affiliate has… Read more...

BMI Composer Kathryn Bostic’s ‘The August Wilson Symphony’ Heralded by PSO


From News, posted 1.30.18. On January 20, 2018, the GRAMMY-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of also GRAMMY-winning BMI composer/conductor Lucas Richman, triumphantly premiered BMI composer Kathryn Bostic’s magnificent work, The August Wilson Symphony. The symphony, which consists of five movements, was inspired by poems and the ten plays of renowned playwright, August Wilson,… 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
Jul 9 2008 BMI “Vocal Workshop”: New York
Jun 25 2008 BMI “Vocal Workshop”: New York