ACA Audio Excerpts

Brian Bevelander | TO MARC CHAGALL (from Songs of Existence)


To Marc Chagall - song by Brian Bevelander

Barney Childs | MR T. HIS FANCY


Burt Turetsky plays Mr T his Fancy by Barney Childs (excerpt)

Michael Dellaira | TANCREDI! (I Know It!)


ElizabethSutphen - soprano

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

Scott Miller's new group Fifth Column, with additional guest artists, Two Shows Oct. 2, 11, St. Cloud, and Duluth Minnesota.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:30pm

Fifth Column is Scott Miller's new group featuring Pat O'Keefe and Nathan Hanson on woodwinds, and Brett Wartchow and Miller on electronics. Miller has been writing and rehearsing with the ensemble all summer to create a concert-length program of new structured improvisations with interactive and real-time electronics. The first concert is next Wednesday, October 2, at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud, MN, and will include local guitarist Paul "Stretch" Diethelm as guest Fifth Columnist. The following week, Fifth Column performs at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, with Tim Kaiser, champion of the Weirdo Industrial Complex.

ACA welcomes new board members Liptak, Rockmaker, Zahler

ACA members elected three new members of the Board of Governors of ACA for the term beginning Oct. 1st.  Composers David Liptak, Jody Rockmaker, and Noel Zahler will join ACA President Beth Wiemann, and fellow board members Ross Bauer, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Robert Carl, David Froom, Robert Gibson, Barbara Jazwinski, Lewis Nielson, Christopher Shultis, and Burr Van Nostrand.

David Liptak, is Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he has taught since 1986. Previously, he served on the composition and theory faculties of the University of Illinois and Michigan State University.

Jody Rockmaker has taught at Stanford University, the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory School, and Arizona State University where he is currently an Associate Professor.

Noel Zahler is presently Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post. He has served as the Head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music and Chair of the department of music at Connecticut College. His research is in computer assisted live performance.

Steven C. Sacco, composer in residence at TCU, and retrospective concert on November 5th

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Steven C. SaccoSteven C. SaccoAmerican composer Steven Sacco will be in residence during the month of November at Texas Christian University in Fort Woth, working with faculty and students in preparation for a retrospective concert of his work on November 5th. 

Join the Faculty Brass Quintet, Trio 8831 and TCU music students in a program featuring:

Quintet for brass (2003), Sonata for tenor trombone and piano (2006),  Sonatina for two trumpets in b-flat and piano (2005), Elegy for 12 brass instruments (2004), and the premiere performance of Imagination Studies, for trumpet in b-flat, trombone and piano (2013) commissioned for the occasion. 

The concert is November 5 at 7pm in the Pepsico recital hall.

Brian Bevelander's SYNTHECISMS NO. 2 for piano and fixed media audio, by Wei Tuck Chan

Malaysian pianist Wei Tuck Chan has completed his doctoral research project on Brian Bevelander's 1990 work Synthecisms No. 2 for piano and tape, in fulfillment of the D.M.A. degree at West Virginia University.

The author discusses electroacoustic music from its inception, leading to the establishing of many studios in universities across the United States and abroad.

The original tape part in Bevelander's Synthecisms No. 2 requires the starting and stopping of the tape, involving assistance in operating the tape playback. The author examines the structure, stylistic, and thematic materials of Bevelander's work, and suggests the possibility of performance of the work without an assistant using more current technology.

Hubert Howe & Friends - Friday, November 1st at LeFrak Hall 7:30pm

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 7:30pm

Hubert HoweHubert HoweThe Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College presents Hubert Howe & Friends, a concert of chamber music in LeFrak Hall, on Friday, November 1st at 7:30pm.  Music on the program includes Five Piano Pieces by Leo Kraft, Three Piano Pieces by Brian Fennelly, and the Chamber Concerto, Scene for Solo Clarinet (world premiere), and Pentachordal Etudes (world premiere) by Hubert Howe. Tickets:  call 718-997-3800.


Chorus of All Souls - November 2 at Abrons Arts Center

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 8:00pm

Experiments in Opera and Vision into Art present 'Chorus of All Souls' at the Abrons Art Center on Saturday November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Featured composers are John Zorn, Jessica Pavone, Matthew Welch and Jason Cady. For ticket and information visit

In celebration of the Day of All Souls and the close of Hallowmas, Experiments in Opera, in partnership with VisionIntoArt, presents a semi-staged production of John Zorn’s The Holy Visions, an exhilarating choral opera based on the writings and work of the medieval mystic and composer, Hildegard von Bingen. 

’Chorus of All Souls’ will also include the premiere of When No One Around You is There by Jessica Pavone which utilizes the chorus as an abstract metaphor for the human predicament.

And two semi-staged choral operas: Jason Cady’s Nostalgia Kills You, a comedy about a man and his zombie ex-girlfriend and Matthew Welch’s Reanimator Requiem which merges the mass for the dead with H.P. Lovecraft’s cult classic.

November 2 | 8pm

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APNM Concerts Series Opener, Dec. 6th, featuring music of Robert Ceely, Carl Schimmel, and more

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:00pm

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8 PM:
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music - Benzaquen Hall
450 W.37th STREET

Featuring the music of our members and 2012-13 Call for Scores winners

- Robert Ceely: Negatives
- Alec Hall: Hendrik Lorentz Stares into the Bhavacakra
- Jonathan Howard Katl: Three Sketches
- Jonathan Russel: piano trio
- Carl Schimmel: Pismirists Congeries

Performance by:
Ensemble Pi under the direction of Idith Meshulam

34th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival October 16-19, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:00am

The 34th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers on the campus of Bowling Green State University October 16-19. The four-day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition.

This year's featured guests include composer George Lewis, Ensemble Dal Niente and audio artist and performer Pamela Z.

Highlights of this year’s festival include an exhibition of installation works by George Lewis, Pamela Z and Terry Adkins at the Fine Arts Center Galleries, world premiere performances of new works by Lewis, Mikel Kuehn, Mathew Fuerst, Marcos Balter and Braxton Blake, and several performances by Ensemble Dal Niente.


Wednesday, October 16
7 p.m., Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, School of Art
Exhibition Opening and Performance:
“New Art & Sound:” works by Terry Adkins, George Lewis and Pamela Z, with an opening night performance by Pamela Z. Exhibition continues through Nov. 17.

Thursday, October 17
1 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk: George Lewis
3 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall
Concert: music by Richard Carrick, Mario Lavista, Martin Rokeach and Allen Shearer.
7:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall
Concert: music by George Lewis, Christopher Dietz, Mathew Fuerst (wp) and Nils Vigeland.
9:30 p.m., Clazel Theatre
Concert: Ensemble Dal Niente & Friends; music by Marcos Balter, Johannes Kreidler, Stefan Prins, Shai Cohen, Girard Kratz and Alvin Lucier.

Friday, October 18
10:30 a.m., Bryan Recital Hall
Concert: music by Helmut Lachenmann, Stephen Hartke, Nicole Mitchell, Alex Mincek and Kurt Isaacson.
2:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall
Concert: works by George Lewis, Theodor Burkali, Marilyn Shrude and Stuart Saunders Smith.
8 p.m., Kobacker Hall
Concert: Ensemble Dal Niente; works by George Lewis (wp), Mikel Kuehn (wp), Enno Poppe, Evan Johnson and Rebecca Saunders


Robert Carl, Alvin Singleton, Donald Crockett, and other artists honored with Bogliasco Fellowships 2013-14

Robert CarlRobert CarlThe Bogliasco Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of Fellowship awards for fall 2013 and spring 2014.

A full list of upcoming Bogliasco Fellows and residents is listed below. Bogliasco Fellowships have been awarded to 57 individuals from 19 countries.

Recipients include Molissa Fenley (USA), Dance; Juan Carlos Cremata (Cuba), Film/Video; Toril Moi (Norway), Humanities Scholarship; Amanda Michalopoulou (Greece), Literature; Lewis Spratlan (USA), Music; Basil Twist (USA), Theater; and Ellen Altfest (USA), Visual Arts.

2013-2014 Fellows and Residents

Charlotte Bray   Germany
Robert Carl   United States
Donald Crockett   United States
Amit Gilutz   Israel
Jorge Grossmann   Brazil
Jean Pierre Giovanelli   France
Alvin Singleton   United States
Edward T. Cone Bogliasco Fellow in Music, funded by the Edward T. Cone Foundation Lewis Spratlan United States; Aaron Copland Bogliasco Fellow in Music, funded by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music

The Bogliasco Foundation is a nonprofit based in the United States that administers the international Fellowship program at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. The Foundation is one of the only residency programs in the world dedicated to bringing together artists and scholars from all nations and from all of the humanistic disciplines:

Archaeology, Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and the Visual Arts. In 17 years of operations, the Bogliasco Foundation has awarded Fellowships to more than 750 individuals from 50 countries.

Making Music for Modern Dance - Ed. Katherine Teck - book release by Oxford University Press

Making Music for Modern Dance
Collaboration in the Formative Years of a New American Art
Edited by Katherine Teck

--First book to bring together first-hand accounts by both leading choreographers and their composers
--Offers a unique look at the evolution of music for modern dance in a chronological way with original insights and commentary from major artists who were in the forefront of modern dance and music for modern dance

Composers and choreographers highlighted include a diverse array - Wallingford Riegger, Lehman Engel, Woody Guthrie, Aaron Copland, Norman Cazden, Vivian Fine, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Doris Humphrey, the Bennington School of Dance, and Otto Luening. Also included is an essay on Henry Cowell's concept of "elastic form" in this chronicle of the era of modern dance and its close collaboration with living composers.


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