News and music to start your week!

Congratulations go to composer Errollyn Wallen, pictured above, who was named the recipient of the 2020 ISM Distinguished Musician Award.  From the website: “Established in 1976, the ISM Distinguished Musician Award recognises outstanding contributions to musical life in the UK. Errollyn joins such esteemed recipients as Dame Sarah Connolly, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Michael Tippett, Jacqueline du Pré OBE and Sir Charles Groves.”  Read more at

Learn about the Alma Ensemble – a trio that is committed to the performance of works by women composers.  Their repertoire looks to the past, as well as the present, and future commissions, as they explore new and overlooked repertoire.  Read more about the ensemble, which is based in Virginia, at The Roanoker.  You can also hear a radio feature on WVTF, and links to performances are available on their website.

This week Variety showcased the lack of representation in film music – and, in particular, the lack of nominations or awards presented to women creators in the field.

On Tuesday, May 4 at 1pm EST, Caroline Shaw and her mother, Jon (a Suzuki strings teacher) will have a conversation about Music and Motherhood, hosted by Max Potter.  The conversation is sponsored by The Boulanger Initiative and Potter Violins.  Find out more information at the Facebook Event, or on the Potter Violins Website.

And listen in at New Music Box to the newest edition of Julia Adolphe’s podcast, or stream it below:

Week 4 of the CSU Fullerton New Music Festival is described here, and features a May 7 concert with Brightwork new music and Stacey Fraser, soprano, with music by Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, and Pamela Madsen.
The National Symphony Orchestra has posted their Young People’s Concert 2021 (a part of their education program) to their website.  Titled “This is Your Space” it explores The Kennedy Center and includes Kwame Alexander reciting his poetry, as well as chamber works by Jessie Montgomery, Caroline Shaw, Valerie Coleman, Chen Yi, Molly Joyce, and Joseph Bologne – Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  And be sure to explore the rich insights of the website!
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