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Copland House Announces CULTIVATE 2024 Fellows – Lyric Say

Six composers have been chosen for the rising composers institute, which can fee and provides the world premiere of their new works


An award-winning artistic middle for American music primarily based at Rock Hill (as soon as the composer Aaron Copland’s longtime residence), the Copland Home nurtures America’s numerous cultural legacy by means of applications embracing creative creation, improvement, efficiency, and presentation. 

Since 2012, Copland Home’s acclaimed CULTIVATE 2024 rising composers institute has yearly supported six rising composers on the outset of their skilled careers. 

The 2024 Fellows are JaRon Brown, 33, from South Carolina; Claire Hu, 37 from New Jersey; Kevin Kay, 28, from Germany; Celka Ojakangas, 31, of California; Connor Elias Manner, 32, of New York; and 27-year-old Sofia Rocha from Rhode Island, who’s returning to Copland Home after her 2022 Residency. 

Involving a weeklong scholarship, plus intensive artistic workshop and mentoring, CULTIVATE 2024 will happen from June 3–11 at Aaron Copland’s Nationwide Historic Landmark house in northern Westchester County, New York. 

Because it does annually, Copland Home will fee the six Fellows to every create a brand new small-ensemble composition, that would be the focus level of per week of collective and particular person every day rehearsals and workshops with CULTIVATE’s Director Derek Bermel and artists from the Music from Copland Home ensemble.

The CULTIVATE Fellows will even change into eligible for future efficiency, recording, commissioning, and different profession development alternatives. This 12 months’s Fellows have been chosen from virtually 150 candidates from 30 U.S. states and three nations. 

The 2024 jury comprised Copland Home Residents or former CULTIVATE Fellows, Bermel, Flannery Cunningham, Bobby Ge, and Reinaldo Moya. 

CULTIVATE 2024 will conclude with a public concert on June 11 by Music from Copland Home in its efficiency collection at The Graduate Heart of the Metropolis College of New York. 

Every of the Fellows’ world premieres will probably be carried out by clarinetist Moran Katz, violinist Pala Garcia, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Margaret Kampmeier; the performances will even be filmed for streaming. 

“Once again, we were bowled over by the boundless creativity in this upcoming generation of artists,” stated CULTIVATE’s director Derek Bermel in the press release. “We’re eager to bring to life the music of these six bold voices during a week of intensive sharing and growth this June at Copland House.”

“CULTIVATE — its work ethic, values, and people — was a privilege to experience, and I’m so in awe of all these wonderful, kind, interesting, and exceptionally talented individuals who invited me into a warm and welcome space of extremely passionate, dedicated music-making and -refining,” mirrored a 2023 Fellow Maya Miro Johnson. “The environment was so overwhelmingly positive, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!” 

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