ACA News and Events

"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938

Lewis Nielson releases new CD on Mode Records, featuring the JACK Quartet, Steven Schick and the Red Fish Blue Fish percussion ensemble


Composer Lewis Nielson has released a new CD of music on Mode Records, titled Axis. The works and performers on this release are as follows:


Axis (2005) for solo percussion and string quartet

Performers: Steven Schick, percussion; the JACK Quartet; Nicholas DeMaison,


Tocsin (2009) for six percussionists

Performers:the Red Fish Blue Fish Ensemble

Le journal du corps (2010) for string quartet

Performers: the JACK Quartet

New Music CD for French Horn Includes a Composition by Frederick C. Tillis


Horn player Laura Klock has recorded a new CD of contemporary works for french horn and various instruments, featuring some of the composers who have energized and inspired her over the years. Written by and recorded with her friends, this disc indeed spreads the word about these exciting new works for horn by Emanuel Rubin, Frederick C. Tillis, Jeff Myers, Robert Stern, Hsueh-Yung Shen, and Salvatore Macchia. Tillis’s composition on this compilation is Spiritual Fantasy No. 5 (for horn and piano), with Nadine Shank as pianist.

H. Leslie Adams honored with 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize

Composer H. Leslie Adams was honored at the 55th annual awards ceremony on June 25th.  His lifetime achievement artist in music award was presented by Joel Smirnoff, president of the Cleveland Institute of Music.  The Opus 216 Quartet performed excerpts from Adams' String Quartet (2003). Other award winners included visual artist Julian Stanczak, and Jules and Mike Belkin.

John Eaton's 80th birthday celebration in music

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:30pm

Join John Eaton, friends, Pocket Opera Players, the New York Composers Circle, and ACA for a celebration of music by John Eaton.

This retrospective will include works for soloists and ensemble: "Mass II" and "El Divino Narciso" as well as songs for voice and piano. Carmen Helena-Tellez will be the music director.

More information to be posted here soon.

John Eaton, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, is a composer with special interest in opera. Called "the most interesting opera composer writing in America today" by Andrew Porter in the London Financial Times, Eaton has penned over fifteen operas and garnered international acclaim as a composer and performer of electronic and microtonal music. Notable works include his television opera, Myshkin; and the operas The Cry of Clytaemnestra and The Tempest.

David Liptak's String Quartet No. 3, Jack Quartet, Crested Butte Music Festival, June 27

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 11:00am

Jack Quartet


Crested Butte Music Festival 2015 -

In conjunction with composer Amy Williams on piano, JACK Quartet will present works by David Liptak, Taylor Brook, and Amy Williams.

Time Spans - JACK Quartet with Amy Williams

New date and time:  Saturday, June 27, 2015  11:00 am
Union Congregational Church, Crested Butte, CO

Composer and pianist H. Leslie Adams wins the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Life Achievement Award


Composer and pianist H. Leslie Adams wins the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize $10,000 Life Achievement Award for his career as a pianist and composer.


His music is published by American Composers Alliance, and includes Nightsongs, a song cycle on poetry of African-American writers, and his Twenty-Six Etudes for Solo Piano, recorded most recently by pianists Thomas Otten and Maria Corley. A newly engraved edition of Nightsongs and ten Etudes from his collection is now available through ACA.  


The ticketed awards ceremony will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Thursday, June 25, from 6:30 - 8 pm, with an after-party reception scheduled for 8 pm that evening.

Lawrence Dillon’s "Amadeus ex Machina" Performed by CMC Camerata of New York on June 13 at Riverside Church Theatre, NYC

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Date and Time: June 13, 2015 @ 7 pm

Location:  Riverside Church Theatre, 490 Riverside Dr., NYC

Tickets: $15 General Admission/$10 for Students and Seniors

For more information, call 212-870-6784 or visit


Lawrence Dillon’s Amadeus ex Machina will be performed on Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 PM by the Chamber Music Center of New York Camerata, Sybille Johner, Conductor, at Riverside Church Theatre, 490 Riverside Drive in New York, New York. This will be part of CMC Camerata’s Chamber Orchestras concert.

Richard Cameron-Wolfe's music performed on China tour in June


Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s composition A Song Built from Fire for soprano and piano was performed on June 4, in Beijing, China. During their multi-city China concert tour, Los Angeles-based artists and Claremont College faculty members Gayle Blankenburg (pianist) and Anne Harley (soprano) presented it at Beijing Capital Normal University on June 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The text for Cameron-Wolfe’s work is by Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer.


Cameron-Wolfe’s music was included on a concert program of works by American and Asian composers.


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