Contact Us - Board and Staff List

The American Composers Alliance
PO Box 1108
New York, NY 10040

**Please send all mail/return all ACA rental scores to the above address**

Tel: (212) 568-0036
General Email: [email protected]
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Gina Genova, Executive Director and General Manager
Vincent J. Novara, Curator Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, ACA Score Collection.
Will Rowe, Assistant Manager

Board of Governors 2018-2019 (alphabetical)

Robert Carl - Composition Department Chair at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford; Writer Fanfare Magazine; Former Co-Director of the Extension Works New Music Ensemble in Boston; Performer, keyboards and shakuhachi.

David Froom, (Vice-President) composer, has taught at the University of Utah, the Peabody Conservatory, and, since 1989, St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is professor and chair of the music department. He has been honored by, among many others, the Guggenheim, Fromm, Koussevitzky foundations and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Robert Gibson, composer whose works have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe, China and South America by noted performers and ensembles. Mr. Gibson is Professor and Director of the School of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Barbara Jazwinski is the Virginia Beer Professor of Music and head of the composition and theory program at the Newcomb Music Department at Tulane University in New Orleans.

David Liptak, (President)  composer, 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.

Lewis Nielson (b. 1950) studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Clark University in Massachusetts and the University of Iowa. . He joined the composition faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory in 2000, where he was Professor of Composition and chair of the Composition Department until his retirement in 2015.

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

Brian Schober studied at the Eastman School of Music where his teachers included Samuel Adler and Joseph Schwantner in composition and Sue Seid and Russell Saunders in organ.  He furthered his studies in Paris, studying composition with Olivier Messiaen and Betsy Jolas at the Paris Conservatory of Music while studying organ privately with Jean Guillou and André Isoir. Schober’s music spans all instrumental and vocal media and has been performed by the Gregg Smith Singers, The New York Treble Singers, Voces Novae et Antiquae, the Kitos Singers, neXus Arts, and Palisades Virtuosi.

Alice Shields, composer and performer, received her doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has served as Associate Director of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and has taught the psychology of music at NYU and Rutgers. She has also served on the board of directors of the Pacifica Foundation, overseeing five progressive radio stations.

Marilyn Shrude earned degrees from Alverno College and Northwestern University, and has served on the faculty of Bowling Green State University since 1977. She has been honored with awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. She was the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for Orchestral Music and the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music.

Christopher Shultis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico where he taught percussion, composition and musicology. Awarded two Fulbrights to Germany in the 1990s, he also served as Regents’ Professor of Music and in 2010 gave its 55th Annual Research Lecture. His scholarly work on John Cage is internationally recognized.

Beth Wiemann (Secretary)- Composer, clarinetist, studied at Oberlin and Princeton. Professor of Composition, University of Maine.

Noel Zahler (Treasurer) is a composer, whose compositions have been performed and recorded throughout the US, Europe, Russia and Asia by major professional ensembles and virtuoso performers. He has served as the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post; 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.


Gerry Fifer, Law Office of Gerry A. Fifer; Ms. Fifer is an attorney specializing in intellectual property, information technology, and privacy law. She grew up in a musical family, and was classically trained in piano.
Christine Clark, President, Theodore Front Musical Literature.

The ACA Board of Governors is elected by a vote of the entire membership to serve 4-year terms of service. Committees consisting of Board members, advisers, and ACA members are appointed at the discretion of the Board officers.

The Board of Governors meets twice per year--Friday afternoons in March and October, with additional teleconferencing by the Board's various committees.


Concerts:  Barbara Jazwinski, Noel Zahler, David Liptak
Publishing: Jody Rockmaker, David Liptak, Robert Carl, David Froom, Marilyn Shrude, Lewis Nielson
Custodial Plan-SCPA Relations Committee: David Froom, Jody Rockmaker, Robert Gibson, Vin Novara
Social Media - Ray Luedeke, Gina Genova
Professional Standards: Jody Rockmaker, Beth Wiemann, Brian Schober
Grants and Fundraising strategy: Brian Schober, Alice Shields, Daria Semegen