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Music Reading Sessions set for April 15, 2002
composer Paul Yeon Lee has been named winner of the 2001 Whitaker
Commission, an honor that includes a $15,000 prize and a world
premiere performance by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie
Hall. Chosen from among eight finalists in one of this country's most
coveted opportunities for emerging composers, Lee won top prize at
the American Composers Orchestra's annual Whitaker New Music Reading
Sessions with his dramatic orchestral work entitled Phoenix,
which won praise for its "beautiful lyricism blended with
dramatic, energetic and rhythmic driving sections." Composer
Joshua Penman received an honorable mention for his work As It Is, Infinite.
a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Paul
Yeon Lee has had his music performed by a growing number of ensembles
and orchestras, including Speculum Musicae, the Charleston String
Quartet, University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, and
Haddonfield Symphony. Mr. Lee's honors include a Charles Ives
Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the
Haddonfield Symphony Young Composers' Competition, and an ASCAP
Award. His principal teachers have included Leslie Bassett, William
Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Pablo E. Furman and Allen Strange. In addition
to the Whitaker commission, Mr. Lee is currently at work on a piece
for five percussionists, commissioned by percussionist Anthony J.
Cirone of the San Francisco Symphony, and a commission for cellist
Stephen Czarkowski, of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Mannes
College of Music. Mr. Lee's music is published by Theodore Presser Company.
Held in New
York this past April under the direction of ACO's Music Director
Dennis Russell Davies and Artistic Director/composer Robert Beaser,
with guest conductors Jeffrey Milarsky (music director of the
Columbia University Orchestra) and Gil Rose (artistic director of the
Boston Modern Orchestra Project), the tenth annual Whitaker New Music
Reading Sessions attracted nearly 200 submissions from emerging
composers around the country. Made possible by a grant from the Helen
F. Whitaker Fund, the Readings provide an invaluable opportunity for
developing composers to experience a full orchestral rendering of
their work, receive the reactions of conductors, composers and
performers, and obtain a professional quality tape to assist in their
advancement. Over the years, more than 50 composers have received
crucial career-development through ACO's Whitaker Readings, including
such award-winning composers as Melinda Wagner, Derek Bermel, and
Jennifer Higdon. Ms. Higdon served as a mentor for this year's
Reading Sessions along with Fred Lerdahl and Michael Torke.
Lee was joined
by seven other finalists in this season's readings: Joshua Penman,
a senior at Yale University who is currently working on a 75-minute
electroacoustic chamber opera, was represented by his work, As It
Is, Infinite, for which he received an honorable mention. Leonard
Lewis, a University of Missouri at Columbia faculty member whose
teachers included Carlisle Floyd, had his Concerto for Orchestra performed.
Gregory Spears, who studied with Augusta Read Thomas and
David Liptak at the Eastman School of Music, and who currently
studies with Ezra Laderman, heard a rendering of his Circle Stories.
Dalit Warshaw's Tyburne Dance opened the second half
of the program. Warshaw, who has studied with Milton Babbitt and
Samuel Adler, was, at the age of eight, the youngest person ever to
win the BMI Award for Student Composers. Italian-born Paola Prestini,
co-director and founder of a multimedia group VisionIntoArt, was
given a reading of her work, Blue (Some Souls); and Roger Przytulski,
currently completing a masters degree in composition at the
University of Southern California, entered his work Blitz. The
program concluded with a performance of the fourth Movement from Thomas
Tumulty's Symphony No. 1. Tumulty was a finalist in the
1999 Mitropoulos International Competition and a recipient of a Helen
Hayes Award nomination for his directing work in theater.
Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions will be held on April 15, 2002 in
New York City; the application deadline is 5pm on December 20, 2002.
Visit www.americancomposers.org/wnmr.htm, telephone 212-977-8495, or
guidelines and application.
New Music Reading Sessions are made possible by a leadership grant
from The Helen F. Whitaker Fund with support from The Greenwall
Foundation and The Jerome Foundation.