Nominating Panel

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Photo: Larry Fink at Studio 535)


Rather than go it alone, Orpheus worked with a panel of musicians, composers, and industry experts to nominate a diverse group of talented candidates for Project 440.


Heather Barringer, Percussionist and Artistic Co-Director, Zeitgeist
Eric Bartlett, Orpheus Cellist
Dan Becker, Composer, Founder & Artistic Director, Common Sense Composers' Collective
Sarah Cahill, Pianist and Host, KALW San Francisco
Trudy Chan, Senior Manager, Promotion, Boosey and Hawkes
Daniel Dorff, Executive Director and Flutist, International Contemporary Ensemble
Suzanne Ford, Director of Marketing and Promotions, Subito Music
Stacy Frierson, Concert Music Director, Presser Music
Maureen Gallagher, Orpheus Violist
Ronen Givony, Founder, Wordless Music
Linda S. Goldring, Founder, The Reservoir
Michael Gordon, Artistic Director, Bang on a Can
Sean M. Gross, Director of Marketing & Special Projects, 21C Media Group
Ed Harsh, President, Meet the Composer
Stephen Hartke, Composer
Christof Huebner, Orpheus Violist and Program Coordinator
Renee Jolles, Orpheus Violinist
Gabriel Kahane, Composer
Lisa Kaplan, Pianist, eighth blackbird
Kristin Lancino, Vice President, G. Schirmer, Inc.
Fred Lerdahl, Composer, Fritz Reiner Professor of Music, Columbia University
Gerard McBurney, Artistic Programming Advisor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Terrance McKnight, Music Host and Producer, WQXR
David Murray, Editor & Publishing Manager, Subito Music
Graham Parker, Executive Director, Orpheus
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director, Alarm Will Sound
Huang Ruo, Composer, Future In REverse, Inc.
John Schaefer, Host and Producer, WNYC
Christopher Theofanidis, Composer
Limor Tomer, Executive Producer for Music, WNYC/WQXR
Katy Tucker, Senior Promotion Manager, G. Schirmer, Inc.
Hannah Waddell, Artist Manager, Intermusica
Melinda Wagner, Composer
Randy Woolf, Composer

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Comments [9]

Stephen Hartke, Fred Lerdahl and Christopher Theofanidis are hardly unknown composers. I for one am well acquainted with their music, especially Hartke and Theofanidis. And just because you or I have not heard of the others on the list does not speak as to their qualifications.

Aug. 25 2010 06:00 PM
Dave from florida

drgiles, I completely agree with you. I would image it's very hard to get rid of the politics involved. Also, just because some composers are unknown does not make them "not as good" or bad.

Jul. 31 2010 11:46 PM
Mike Keenan

Where are AAron Kernis and Paul Morovec? How about John Corigliano?

Why pick relatively unknown composers. Orpheus should have the best and brightest

Jul. 21 2010 07:52 AM
Michael Meltzer

In order for a nominating committee of that size to function, it is usual that most of the members defer to the advice and leadership of two or three "prime movers," who really do the picking. It would be nice to know who those really are.
Rememnber the definition of a camel: "A horse designed by a committee."

Jul. 16 2010 05:07 AM

@drgiles Your comment is pertinent, however it seems that the entire exercise actually relies a great deal upon the composers involved "co-opting" their own contacts in order to publicize this competition. Without this, one suspects that there would be very few comments at all.

This site is not very well put together - the project 440 page is almost impossible to find, it's hard to find information on the project as a whole from the composer list pages. It would be nice to see a "recent comments" bar somewhere so one could get a sense of the overall dialogue, rather than having each page as its own isolated little chatroom. In the end, one assumes that Orpheus will pick whoever they like anyway and we will all feel a little dirty for having been part of this.

Jun. 30 2010 05:14 PM

I've noticed that there are some excellent composers who get no comments at all and there are some composers, both good and bad, who get TONS.

I think there is a certain amount of, shall we say, ballot stuffing, going on as some musicians enlist friends and family to praise them to the heavens.

This part of the process has been co-opted. The number of comments and even the comments themselves should, I propose, not be taken into account when judging who to commission.

It is a shame when something interesting and pleasant is corrupted.

Jun. 22 2010 04:39 PM

Actually, my last comment sounded kind of harsh when what I intend is a real question and not some sort of dig.

Really, is this a good line up or is this a bit on the obscure academic, bureaucratically connected, Eastern Establishment side of things?

Wait, that sounds like a dig, too. Well, imagine that question but in a pleasant tone of voice!

Jun. 21 2010 07:02 PM

Do you think this is a good line-up?

Jun. 21 2010 05:27 PM
Gerard Drozd

I am a composer from Poland

Jun. 20 2010 04:16 AM

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