Congratulations go out to Stella Sung, who has won a Music Alive grant to serve as composer in residence for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in Ohio.
Sung, a former composer in residence for the Orlando Philharmonic, is director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE) at the University of Central Florida and a professor of music at UCF.
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the nation's first umbrella organization of its kind, encompassing the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera.
Sung's residency, which will run through 2016, will feature signature events integrating the three art forms, providing a national model for arts integration. Sung will create new pieces, including a one-act opera, a chamber work for dance and music for educational performances. She will also become part of an educational program reaching more than 50,000 students annually.
The grants for the Music Alive program, now in its 14th year, are given out by the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.
"We are in the midst of a unique cultural moment, one that includes an extraordinary range of compositional talent with an unprecedented variety of expressive language and genres," said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. "The Music Alive program is providing a platform for both young and established composers, while helping orchestras and their audiences benefit from this creative energy."
About $900,000 will be distributed over three years among orchestras and composers who demonstrated depth and innovation in their plans for developing, implementing and promoting the residencies. The orchestras will introduce the composers into their communities through concert productions, education and community-engagement programs, workshops, online events and community collaborations.
Other composer residencies beginning in the 2013-14 season include:
• Albany (N.Y.) Symphony and Sleeping Giant Collective (six composers: Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman)
• Detroit Symphony Orchestra (composer Gabriela Lena Frank)
• Pacific Symphony, which serves Orange County, Calif. (composer Narong Prangcharoen)
• Seattle Symphony Orchestra (one-named composer Trimpin)
Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun