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The 2024 Living Music Summit is in the planning stages! Mark your calendars for May 24 and 25, 2024

Call for Videos

BNMI will be opening a new call for videos on March 1. Click here for details and to submit.

12th Annual Commissioning Competition

The Boston New Music Initiative Commissioning Competition is now closed! Judging is underway!

1st Annual Historically Excluded Composer Competition

The winners for our first ever Historically Excluded Competition will be announced very soon!

Salon Series

The next installment will be with Melika M. Fitzhugh on March 31, 2024 and registration will be open soon.

11th Annual Commissioning Competition

The Boston New Music Initiative is very excited to announce the winner of our 11th Annual Commissioning Competition! Our judging panel was extremely impressed with the quality of the works submitted. Yangfan Xu's piece "Ecstatic Burial" was selected by an outside panel of industry professionals from an anonymous pool of around 80 very wonderful compositions. Xu will be writing a new work for BNMI's core ensemble to be premiered in May 2024.

Yangfan Xu (b. 1998) holds a deep passion and love for cats. Whenever she hears a string player glissando in the upper registers, she can’t help but think of a cat's meow. In addition to her feline obsession, Xu is a Chinese-born US-based composer who comes from a musical family in Lanzhou, Gansu province, with a spoiled cat who eats better than everyone else. Xu was awarded the 1st Prize of the 2020 Hausmann Quartet Quarantine Composition Competition. She is the winner of the Society for New Music's 2021 Israel/Pellman Award. She won the 2021 New Juilliard Ensemble (NJE) Composition Competition, and her commissioned work Fantastic Creatures of the Mountains and Seas premiered at the Lincoln Center in a concert by NJE in 2022. Her music has been enjoyed by audiences in cities such as New York, San Francisco, San Diego, and Paris. Her compositions have been performed by professional groups such as Friction Quartet, Choral Chameleon, Keyed Kontraptions and Ravel Virtual Studios. Her music will be performed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in Australia in 2023. Xu has worked with composers including Phillip Lasser, Xiaofu Zhang, Ping Jin, and Michel Merlet. Xu studied musicology at the high school affiliated with the Central Conservatory of Music in China. She began her compositional study with Changyuan Liu in 2014. She received a bachelor’s degree in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Mason Bates. Xu earned her master’s degree in composition at the Juilliard School, studying under Robert Beaser. She is a current DMA student at the New England Conservatory of Music with studio teacher Kati Agócs.

BNMI would also like to recognize two honorable mentions: Pascal Le Boeuf, and Joao Pedro Oliveira!

Call for Scores: Sound, Image, Gesture

The Call for Scores: Sound Image, Gesture is now closed. Winners will be announced very soon!

Composer Interview Series

The next installment of the Composer Interview Series with Ania Vu will be released on our youtube channel on March 8!

Workshop: Ableton with Brian KM

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a great workshop on using Ableton with Brian KM. A recording of the event is available to Shout It Out members as part of our professional development archive.

Prismatic Congruency Series

Prismatic Congruency is back! Check out the November-December and January-February series! Watch them all at our youtube channel!

8th Annual Young Composers' Competition

We are excited to announce the winner of the 8th Annual Young Composers' Competition! Yan Ee Toh has won for her work "iridescent shadows."

A Singapor based composer, Yan Ee's music deals with dichotomies within nature - both the phenomena of our physical world, as well as the nature of things. Her work explores gestures through the amalgamation and morphing of timbres and harmonies.

We would also like to congratulate Holden Mui for receiving an Honorable Mention for his work, "Trio for violin, cello and piano."

Workshop: Writing for Recorder

Workshop: Writing for Marimba

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the workshops as part of the Living Music Summit! Check out the recorder workshop here. The marimba workshop will be available soon.

Composer Interview Series

The complete Season 13 and 14 Composer Interview Series with Gabriel Bolaños, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Ingrid Stölzel, Melika M. Fitzhugh, Leah Reid, Osnat Netzer, Karola Obermüller and Evan Williams, are available to all Shout It Out members as part of our professional development archive.


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