Society for New Music


Announcing the 13th Annual Young Composers Corner

Announcing the 13th Annual Young Composers Corner at Cazenovia Counterpoint: A one-of-a-kind program offered at no cost to middle- and high-school students interested in or currently writing music.

Taking place at Cazenovia Public Library July 19–23, YCC sessions include exercises, activities, and discussions designed to help young composers express themselves more expertly in music. Participants have access to music-writing software on library computers and learn from professional composer Paul Leary.

Completed pieces will be performed by the composer and/or Society for New Music Players, with an opportunity for feedback from audience and musicians. The reading session/performance will be held on July 31 at 4:00 pm at Cazenovia's Lakeland Park or Stone Hill Quarry Art Park.

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Presented with generous support from donors and grantors, including Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Boeheim Foundation, and John Ben Snow Foundation.


SNM Invites Arts Organizations and Performers to Help Celebrate Its 50th Season

As the Society for New Music makes plans for its 50th season of new music in 2021-22, our board is inviting arts organizations, ensembles, and soloists in the region to join in that celebration by showcasing and/or performing music by one of the composers who we've commissioned or who has won our Israel/Pellman Prize winners over these many years. The full list of our commissioned and prize-winner composers can be found here. However, performing music by any living composer, especially one from Upstate New York, would qualify
for the performance list SNM will publicize throughout the season.

SNM is one of the oldest new music groups in the U.S., and the existence of SNM in Upstate New York benefits many regional colleges and universities by attracting gifted musicians and composers to the area, affording them a new music community, performance opportunities, and premieres of music on the cutting edge.


Thank You To Those Who Made Caz Counterpoint Possible

Society for New Music would like to thank those who helped to make this summer's Cazenovia Counterpoint possible.

Cazenovia Counterpoint Advertisers 2020
Artist Pianos
Cazenovia Republican
Central New York Community Foundation
Darco Manufacturing
Golden Paints
Hematology/Oncology: Crouse Hospital
The Key
Lincklaen House
Syracuse Stage

Cazenovia Counterpoint Donors 2020
David Abrams
Eileen Allen
Steve and Betty Carpenter
Pat DeAngelis
Anne Ferguson
Ruth Pass Hancock
David and Sue Harper
Anna Marie Neuland
Jim and Toloa Perry
Joel Potash
David and Nancy Ridings
Sharye Skinner
Tressa Sopher Estate


2020 Brian Israel/Sam Pellman Award Winners Announced

The Society for New Music has selected the winners of the Brian Israel/Sam Pellman Prize and New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize for 2020.

Winner of the $1,000 Israel/Pellman prize is Alistair Coleman, b. 1998, a student at the Juilliard School. The winning work was his first string quartet, Moonshot. In 2019, his trombone sonata, written for Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, was performed during tours of China and Japan. Alistair is recipient of a 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, Lake George Chamber Music Festival, the National YoungArts Foundation, and NPR.

Winner of the New York Federation of Music Clubs Prize of $750 is Cheng Jin Koh, b. 1996, a native of Singapore, a violinist as well as a composer, and currently a Masters student at Juilliard. She was a winner of the 2018 Boston New Music Initiative's 4th Annual Young Composer Competition, the 2019-2020 Palmer Dixon Prize, and 2019 Gena Raps Chamber Music Competition from Juilliard, the biennial 2019 Margaret Blackburn Competition for Female Composers, the 2019 John Eaton Memorial Competition, and an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition.

The panel also named four Honorable Mentions:

Barcelona native Marc Migo, b. 1993, was able to move to New York to continue his musical studies thanks to a scholarship issued by FundaciĆ³n SGAE (Spain). He earned a MM in composition at Juilliard, studying with Melinda Wagner, and is now working on his doctorate studying with John Corigliano. Migo was one of seven composers chosen for the 2020 Minnesota Orchestra Young Composers Institute.

Alan Hankers, b. 1992, is a pianist/composer based in Stony Brook, NY, where he is an ABD with a Ph.D in Music Composition. In 2017-18 he was composer-in-residence with the Danish Ensemble Edge. Currently he plays keyboards in the band JIA and is a founding member of the chamber group Pathos Trio. He tours North America as a keyboardist while performing solo and chamber music at venues such as Lincoln Center and New World Center as a pianist.

Born in Chitose, Japan, Sato Matsui, b. 1991, is a NYC based composer whose musical language draws influence from traditional Japanese sonorities as well as her training as a classical violinist. Her current projects include a commission from Carol Wincenc for her 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project, premiered at the National Flute Association in Salt Lake City, and Merkin Hall in 2020. Matsui is the recipient of the 2019 Charles Ives Scholarship and currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard, where she also earned her MM degree studying with Robert Beaser.

Tanner Porter, b. 1994, is a recent recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship. She has attended the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Originally from California, the composer-performer, songwriter and visual artist earned her MM in composition at Yale after undergraduate study at the University of Michigan.

SNM panelists were conductor/trombonist Heather Buchman, composer Octavio Vazquez, and pianist Sar Shalom Strong, serving on the Hamilton College and Nazareth College faculties. Former Israel winner Ryan Carter assisted in administering the prizes.

There were 58 submissions from composers 30 years old or younger who are living or studying in New York State. In addition to the prize money, the winners' music will be performed during the 2020-2021 season. Music by Honorable Mentions will be performed in future seasons.

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