Society for New Music

The Society for New Music (SNM) is a contemporary classical music organization based in Syracuse, New York. SNM presents concerts devoted entirely to contemporary music, funds commissions, produces recordings[1][2] and presents awards to young composers.[3]

Society for New Music
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AbbreviationSNM
Formation1971; 50 years ago (1971)
FounderNeva Pilgrim
Founded atSyracuse, New York, United States
Location
  • 438 Brookford Rd.
    Syracuse, NY 13224
Coordinates43°02′07″N 76°05′51″W / 43.035172°N 76.097489°W / 43.035172; -76.097489
Region
Central New York
President
Rob Bridge
Vice Presidents
  • Edward Ruchalski
  • David Stam
Secretary
Jenny Doctor
Treasurer
David Abrams
Main organ
Executive Committee
Websitewww.societyfornewmusic.org

HistoryEdit

SNM was founded in 1971 by Neva Pilgrim with the main purpose of promoting contemporary music in the Central New York Region.[4]

Mission and WorkEdit

SNM commissions new works, and advocates for composers through Society News (their in-house print and digital publication) and via their radio show, Fresh Ink[5] on WCNY-FM.[6] SNM provides regional musicians with opportunities to perform music by their peers. Works are offered on television, radio, and live performances.

CommissionsEdit

Since its inception, SNM has commissioned new works by over fifty composers from the Central New York region, including faculty from Syracuse University, the Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, and many other schools in the area.[7] Many of the composers have won significant awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize in music.

SNM Commissioned ComposersEdit

RecordingsEdit

The Society for New Music has released recordings on a variety of labels, including Innova Recordings, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and Mode Records. SNM's "American Masters for the 21st Century" on Innova currently includes five albums dedicated to music by living American composers.

Brian Israel PrizeEdit

Since 1985, SNM has awarded prizes to composers under age 30. The annual award honors the memory of American composer Brian Israel "who died of leukemia at the age of 35 in 1986. He was on Syracuse University's School of Music faculty at the time of his death. During his short life, Israel championed gifted emerging composers."[8] Winners receive performances of a chamber work, either of the work that won the award, or a different work.

Brian Israel Prize Winners and Honorable MentionsEdit

  • (2019) Winners: Julian Bennett Holmes (SNM), Paul Edward Frucht (NY Federation of Music Clubs) Honorable Mention: Tomek Arnold, Flannery Cunningham, Jonathan Rainous, Zoe Yucong Wang
  • (2018) Winners: Jack Freyer (SNM), Saad Haddad (NY Federation of Music Clubs) Honorable Mention: Douglas Hertz, Noah Kahrs, Michael Seltenreich
  • (2017) Winners: Alex Stephenson (SNM), Simon Frisch (NY Federation of Music Clubs) Honorable Mention: James Budinich
  • (2016) Winners: Ryan Chase (SNM), Kaito Nakahori (NY Federation of Music Clubs), Honorable Mentions: Charles Peck, Zachary Sheets
  • (2015) Winners: Alex Burtzos (SNM), Scott Etan Feiner (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: Bin David Li, J. P. Redmond
  • (2014) Winners: John Liberatore (SNM), Michael Boyman (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: JunYi Chow, Ross Scott Griffey
  • (2013) Winners: Juan Pablo Contreras (SNM), Amit Menahem Gilutz (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: Eric Allen, Ross Scott Griffey, Nathan Heidelberger
  • (2012) Winners: Ted Goldman (SNM), Joseph Nathaniel Rubinstein (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: Amit Menahem Gilutz, Justin Paul Jaramillo, Brandon Luis Ridenour, Harry Stafylakis
  • (2011) Winners: Thomas H. Healy (SNM), Bret Bohman (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: Evan Antonellis, Thomas Arthur Murphy, Jessica Lynn Rudman
  • (2010) Winners: Michael Gilbertson (SNM), Chris Rogerson (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: Evan Antonellis, Lembit Lepasaar Beecher
  • (2009) Winners: David Crowell (SNM), Samson Young (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mention: Evan Antonellis, Matthew Barson, Elizabeth Lim
  • (2008) Winners: Baljinder Singh Sekhon (SNM), Eleanor Aversa (NY Federation of Music Clubs), Andy Akiho (SNM 3rd Prize); Honorable Mentions: Dillon Kondor, Gity Razaz, David Salvage, Sheridan Seyfried, Sundar Subramanian, Daniel Wohl, Scott Wollschleger
  • (2007): Winners: Nicholas Omiccioli (SNM), Eric Nathan (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: Eleanor Aversa, Ryan Carter, Jeff Myers, Gity Razaz, Shogo Samata
  • (2006): Winners: Christopher Doll (SNM), Ryan Gallagher (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: John Paul Brabant, Chris Rogerson, Robert Singley
  • (2005) Winners: Patrick Castillo (SNM), Eric Schwartz (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mention: Christopher Tignor
  • (2004) Winners: Adam Schoenberg (SNM), Jesse Wright-Fitzgerald (NY Federation of Music Clubs); Honorable Mentions: John Arrigo-Nelson, Vera Ivanova, Peter Kim
  • (2003) Winners: Evan Johnson (SNM), Philip Rothman (NY Federation of Music Clubs)
  • (2002) Winner: Huang Ruo
  • (2001) Winner: Winnie Wing-Yee Cheung
  • (2000) Winner: Mark Dennis McConnell
  • (1999) Winner: Robert Paterson
  • (1998) Winner: Damon Lee
  • (1997) Winner: Derek Bermel; Honorable Mention: Ann Lathan Kerzner
  • (1996) Winner: Yuzuru Sadashige
  • (1995) Winner: Anna Weesner
  • (1994) Winner: Michael Sidney Timpson
  • (1993) Winner: Sally Lamb McCune; Honorable Mention: David Lefkowitz
  • (1992) Winner: Michele Frida Green; Honorable Mention: David Lefkowitz
  • (1991) Winner: Kent Marks; Honorable Mention: Nolan Gasser
  • (1990) Winner: Alton Howe Clingan; Honorable Mention: Sean MacLean
  • (1989) Winner: Betsy L. Schramm; Honorable Mention: Stephen Taylor
  • (1988) Winner: Ronn Yedidia
  • (1987) Winner: Christopher Keyes; Honorable Mention: Jeremy Beck, Robert C. May
  • (1986) Winner: Donald Sloan; Honorable Mention: Linda Bouchard, Lowell Liebermann
  • (1985) Winner: Matthew Harris; Honorable Mention: Dan May, Michael Torke

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Neva Pilgrim, Soprano". DRAM. DRAM. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Society for New Music". Innova. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Society for New Music - About". Society for New Music. Retrieved 18 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Duffie, Bruce. "Soprano Neva Pilgrim: A Conversation with Bruce Duffie". bruceduffie.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Fresh Ink Broadcasts". Society for New Music. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Dubnoff, Haley. "WCNY-FM host Neva Pilgrim honored by The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association". WCNY. WCNY. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ PRB. "Society for New Music Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries". Syracuse University. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Johnson, Melinda. "Two young composers win Brian M. Israel Prize; Society for New Music to perform pieces". The Post Standard. Advance Digital. Syracuse.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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