Thank you, from ACA, for a great year, composers and performers 2015

ACA Audio Excerpts



Excerpt, Univ of Massachusetts Chorale, Paulina Stark, soprano solo



GIDEON_SUITE - III. Allegretto - excerpt

Burton Beerman | DIALOGUE


Dialogue by B. Beerman, Excerpt

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


Tales of the Netsilik in a multi-media event

Tales of the Netsilik, ACA composer Ray Luedeke's orchestra piece with narration, received a stand-out performance on Thursday, August 6th with the National Academy Orchestra, conductor Boris Brott in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The narrator was Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations near Brantford, Ontario. She is a remarkable women and a great advocate for First Nations causes. She is a great orator and recently addressed the United Nations. The performance was augmented with visuals and acrobats A review appeared in Ontario Arts Review

"The Netsilik” narrated by Chief Ava Hill of the Grand River Six Nations. The two aerialists appeared for ‘How We Know About Animals’ and were an integral part of the story telling. Chief Hill did a brilliant job of narrating the Inuit stories and her voice plus the music & the visuals all combined in riveting storytelling. This was the stand-out in an excellent night."

excerpt - Tales of the Netsilik


Mark Zuckerman's Menagerie performed by The Chicago Ensemble, June 2nd

Chicago Ensemble

Menagerie by composer Mark Zuckerman was performed on June 2, 2015 by the Chicago Ensemble at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Mark Zuckerman is a winner of The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” competition. His Ménagerie (2001) is a song cyle for soprano, flute and piano, set to whimsical poems about animals which were written by French poet Robert Denos during World War II.

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire, performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life.

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.

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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