Thursday, August 15, 2013

Composers Chime In as Minnesota Orchestra Dispute Drags On

[ALLAN KOZINN | New York Times, August 15, 2013]

The latest salvo in the battle between the players and management of the Minnesota Orchestra, where the musicians have been locked out since October, comes from a group of musicians who are not directly involved in the talks but have a stake in the orchestra’s healthy existence: composers.

On Thursday 91 composers [...] sent an open letter to the orchestra’s musicians, administrators and board (and, for good measure, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul),  ... [READ MORE]

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

New Blog Post Up!

This month, inspired by a great article by composer Rob Deemer, I look for balance between art & academia. Check it out at:

Call for Entries: Georgia Tech's 2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Call for Entries
Georgia Tech's 2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition
Submission Deadline: October 28, 2013
Submission URL:

Share your ideas for the next generation of musical instruments at Georgia Tech’s 2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. An annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design and engineering, Wired magazine has called the competition an “X-Prize for music,” and contestants have likened it to a TED Conference for new musical instrument designers.

The judges for the 2014 Guthman Competition will be:

* Young Guru, a Grammy-nominated audio engineer, DJ, and producer best known for his work with Jay Z []
* David Zicarelli, the founder and CEO of Cycling '74 []
* Chris Moore, a professor at the School of Music at Georgia Tech []

To learn more about the competition and submit your work, visit

The deadline for submissions is October 18th, 2013. Approximately twenty semi-finalists will be invited to demonstrate, discuss, and perform with their instruments at the competition as they compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. The competition takes place on February 20 and 21, 2014, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.