Through its First Music program, the New York Youth Symphony has selected seven of America’s emerging orchestra, chamber music, and jazz composers under age 30 to write commissions for the NYYS’ 51st Season. The works will be premiered by NYYS student musicians on their performances at Carnegie Hall and Jazz @ Lincoln Center.
Called "The most impressive record for championing new music of any ensemble in the United States." by The New York Times, the First Music program has been widely acknowledged as one of the leading forces in the United States for bringing the work of gifted young composers to the public’s attention for the past 30 years. Past recipients of the First Music commission include Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Torke, Kevin Puts, and Derek Berel, among others.
The First Music commissions for the 2013/2014 Season are:
Katherine Balch: November 24, 2013, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stageat Carnegie Hall
Loren Loiacono: March 2, 2014, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Conrad Winslow: May 25, 2014, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Brian Petuch: April 30, 2014, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Marcus Wilcher: December 9, 2013, Dizzy’s Club at Jazz @ Lincoln Center
Evan Weiss: March 10, 2014, Dizzy’s Club at Jazz @ Lincoln Center
Nate Kimball: May 19, 2014, The Allen Room at Jazz @ Lincoln Center
This year’s Chamber Music/Orchestra Jury was chaired by Grammy award-winning composer Steven Mackey, and included William Britelle, Joshua Gersen, Margaret Lancaster, Fred Sherry, and Gregory Spears. The Jazz Jury was chaired by Rufus Reid, a leading string bass player with over 250 recordings in his discography, and included Michael Dease, Matt Holman, and Carl Maraghi.