(New York City – July 26, 2012) Exploring the Metropolis is pleased to announce the eight composers chosen for the 2012-13 Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program. These eight composers will begin their residencies in September.
In its fourth year, this residency program will provide composers with a stipend and three months of free workspace in cultural and community facilities. All composers must complete one free public program in cooperation with the host facility. The four host cultural facilities are Bloomingdale School of Music, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Flushing Town Hall, and Turtle Bay Music School.
The eight composers are: Guy Barash, Jeff Fairbanks, Patrick Grant, Gabrielle Herbst, Molly Herron, Elizabeth Lim, Theodore Metz and Jeff Myers. The 2012-13 Composers-in-Residence are active in the New York music community, and have had works performed in diverse and innovative venues, such as The Stone, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, HERE Arts Center, New York City Opera, and Issue Project Room. Their work spans classical, musical theater, pop, opera, jazz and electronic.
Composers were chosen by a jury of professional musicians, composers, curators and administrators. Composers were chosen based on artistic merit and suitability of their proposed project for the host organization. Panelists will be announced in the coming days. For the second year, the New York Foundation for the Arts generously donated space for panel deliberations.
The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is funded by Consolidated Edison, Credit Suisse, the George L. Shields Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, AOH Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation and individuals. The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Office of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
More information on the 2012-13 Con Edison Composers-in-Residence can be found on the Exploring the Metropolis website.