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-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


Mark Zuckerman's and Jody Rockmaker's Pieces to be Performed at 8th Annual Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival, February 22


Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 2:30pm

Mark Zuckerman

Jody Rockmaker's piece "Bulbe" from Yiddush Choruses and Mark Zuckerman's arrangements of Mikhl Gelbart’s composition “Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl,” (“I am a Little Dreydl”) and Itsik Manger and S. Beresovsky’s “Dolye Mayne, Dolye” will be performed at the 8th Annual Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival on Sunday, February 22nd, at 2:30pm.  A Tapestry of Time - A Symphony of Sound, will feature 100 singers from several synagogues and community choruses sharing a wide range of Jewish sound spanning ages and countries.  

Mark Zuckerman will discuss his involvement with Yiddish choral arrangements and the challenges he has experienced when communicating, through music, facets of Jewish spirit, culture and experience. All of the singers will sing his arrangements at the end of the concert.  His arrangements have been performed on four continents, has been called the foremost choral arranger of Yiddish song alive today. A composer for vocalists, chamber groups and orchestras, he earned his Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University, where he served on the music faculty and taught courses ranging from jazz to computer music.

Jody Rockmaker is the recipient of numerous awards including a Barlow Endowment Commission, Fulbright Grant, two BMI Awards for Young Composers, an ASCAP Grant, the George Whitefield Chadwick Medal from New England Conservatory, and a National Orchestral Association Orchestral Reading Fellowship. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Villa Montalvo, and has been a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He taught at Stanford University and is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University School of Music.

World Premiere of Louis Karchin's Luminous Fields, Philadelphia, Feb. 27th


Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

On Friday, Feb. 27 at 6:00 PM, Philadelphia's cutting-edge Network for New Music will present four commissioned works, including the premiere of Louis Karchin's latest chamber work, Luminous Fields, for flute, cello, percussion and harp. All of the works were inspired by paintings in Philadelphia's Barnes Collection, and the concert will take place at the museum itself. The concert will be repeated at West Chester University, outside Philadelphia, on March 3.

Network for New Music and the Barnes Foundation proudly present new major commissions highlighting their 30th Anniversary Season. Join them on February 27th from 6–9 pm for the world premiere of four new works by American composers who respond to art and architecture at the Barnes. 


Tickets available online at
$30 regular / $24 member tickets include access to the legendary Barnes collection.


Excerpt - Capriccio - Louis Karchin

Beth Wiemann Performs with the Cadenzato Faculty Saturday, February 7, 7:30pm at the University of Maine


Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30pm

Beth Wiemann will perform a program along with eight other faculty members of the school of Performing Arts faculty members at the University of Maine Saturday, February 7, at 7:30pm.  The program features a mix of Baroque and contemporary chamber music with compositions by Castérède, Castella, Gordon Jacob and James Simon. 



Minsky Recital Hall February 7 • 7:30 p.m. Tickets $9 • Free with Student MaineCard



Matthew J. Greenbaum at the Tenri Cultural Center, Wednesday, February 25 - new time: 9 pm


Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:00pm

Matthew GreenbaumMatthew GreenbaumThree pieces by ACA composer Matthew J. Greenbaum will premiere at Tenri Cultural Center on Wednesday, February 25 at 8:30pm.  Performers include The Momenta Quartet, Vox n Plus, David Holzman, Cynthia Folio, and Nicholas McNamara.

43A West 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues


Three new works by Matthew J. Greenbaum:
'Adam for improvising viola and video animation (Stephanie Griffin, viola)
Make Like an Amoeba for flute and video animation 
More Venerable Canons for String Quartet

MUSIC FROM NEW MEXICO COMPOSERS: Steven Block, Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Christopher Shultis, March 14th NYC


Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:00pm

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00PM
Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, New York City

Guest artists to include: Lawrence Zoernig, cello; Gayle Blankenburg, piano; Keith Lemmons, clarinets; Elisabeth Halliday,Soprano; Miranda Cuckson, violin; The Hoffmann-Goldstein piano duo, and Crossing 32nd Street percussionists Simone Mancuso, Doug Nottingham, and Brett Reed.

New York Premieres of works including Richard Cameron Wolfe's Lilith, MeMarie, and Time Refracted; Steven Block's Five Plainchants and eveningspun/black; and Christopher Shultis' Oneiro with video by Hee Sook Kim, and (from) Waldmusik.

Advance Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here:

or $15 each at the door.

Steven Christopher Sacco's QUARTETS to be Performed at Mannes College of Music Feb. 7th


Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
Join the distinguished faculty of Mannes College of Music - The New School for their faculty composers series on February 7, 2015 at 7:00pm.  ACA composer Steven Christopher Sacco will be presenting his piece QUARTETS for three trombones and bass trombone.
February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm 
Mannes College of Music 
Concert Hall 
150 West 85th Street 
New York, New York  10024 

Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Masterworks) Performs Wright Flight


Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00pm

Lawrence Dillon's Wright Flight, performed in Windsor, Ontario by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra
February 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It’s hard to imagine how Wilbur and Orville must have felt on that fateful day in December 1903. Who would believe that they would change the course of history forever? Experience their words and thoughts in this creative work by American composer, Lawrence Dillon. Performance features actors and chamber orchestra with slides of actual photos taken by the brothers. Share the excitement of this world-class event.


Get tickets now to Wright Flight

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

JunYi Chow's Serenade (2014) Premieres at St. Joseph's Church, January 14, 2015

The world premiere of Junyi Chow's Serenade (2014) will take place at St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village on Wednesday Jan 14th, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  The title of the concert is Winter Romance!  Wine Reception and Music.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, JunYi Chow began studying piano and music theory at the age of 5. He gained admittance into Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2005 and there studied with WenChen Qin, Gang Chen and JianPing Tang. After graduation in 2011, Chow began a master’s degree program in the U.S. at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, completing it in May 2013 as a student of P.Q. Phan. Chow’s music has been performed in many places including Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, the United States, and Canada.



Winter Romance!  Wine Reception and Music

Wednesday, January 14 at 7:30pm

St. Joseph's Church

371 Avenue of the Americas bet. Waverly and 4th st.

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Edward Jacobs to be Guest Composer at Composers Conference 2015

American Composers Alliance composer Edward Jacobs will appear as a guest composer alongside David Sanford at the Composers Conference this summer 2015 (July 19-August 3, 2015).  The Composers Conference, guided for nearly 40 years by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Mario Davidovsky, provides young, emerging composers with the opportunity to indulge in an intense two-week composition workshop as well as showcase one of their compositions in a live, professional concert.  Composer registration will open early in January, 2015.  Visit the Composers Conference website here for more details.  


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