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3rd verse; Brian Schober, organist

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

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.

New recording of music by Normand Lockwood, CD release and concert, June 6th

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 2:00pm

Normand Lockwood Credit: American Composers Alliance Archives at Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland

Chamber music by Normand Lockwood will be performed in concert on June 6th, including art songs, solo piano music, and a Sonata for Flute and Piano. Also, American Composer Steve Lockwood’s “Los Angeles Suite for Flute Octet” will be performed with music for voice and electronics.

Saturday, June 6th @ 2:00 at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Santa Monica, California.
Ursula Kleinecke-Boyer with Steve Lockwood performing songs by Normand Lockwood

Laura Osborn with Steve Lockwood playing Sonata for Flute and Piano in Two Movements with Coda by Normand Lockwood

Chamber music by Steve Lockwood including Los Angeles Flute Orchestra playing L.A Suite for Flute Octet

Reinaldo Moya receives 2015 McKnight Fellowship, American Composers Forum

Reinaldo Moya

The American Composers Forum is pleased to administer the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Composers. The intent of this program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Minnesota by acknowledging the accomplishments of composers and providing for their artistic growth.

The 2015 McKnight Composer Fellows are: Reinaldo Moya, Abbie Betinis, Peter O'Gorman, and David King.

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, The McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 10 different creative disciplines.

Other ACA composer recipients of this award in the past include Scott L. Miller, Jan Gilbert, and Phillip Rhodes.

YAEL MANOR DEBUT RECORDING - "ELIXIR" solo works for piano, Concert & CD Release Event, June 9

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 7:30pm

Concert and CD Release party:  Tues. June 9, 2015
7:30 PM

The Concert Space at Beethoven Pianos
211 West 58th Street
New York City

Seven premiere recordings of solo piano music from the catalog of the American Composers Alliance will be released on June 9th. The pianist, Yael Manor, is a young performer and champion of new music, regularly collaborating with composers both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Yael has been praised for her artistic sensitivity and breathtaking and powerful performances.  Her debut release, Elixir, is the first album to be produced by the American Composers Alliance (ACA) - USA Label. The album brings a myriad of colors and emotions to a collection of solo works from the 20th and 21st centuries.  Works on the recording span from 1953 through 2014.
(Photography: Adi Ashkenazi Images Venue Courtesy of Cantabile Piano Arts)


Download the full album on CD Baby here.


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