The New York Youth Symphony is proud to announce that former First Music winner Julia Wolfe will head the First Music Commission Jury for Orchestra & Chamber. This year is the 25th anniversary of the New York Youth Symphony’s commission of Ms. Wolfe’s composition “Amber Waves of Grain.” Shauna Quill, the New York Youth Symphony’s Executive Director, said “As one of the 100+ composers commissioned by the NYYS through its First Music program, we are thrilled that Julia will head the Jury to select emerging composers for the 2014/2015 Orchestra and Chamber commissions.” Rufus Reid will continue to lead the Jazz Jury.
Applications are being accepted for the 2014/2015 First Music Commissions. The program commissions America’s best emerging orchestra, chamber music, and jazz composers under the age of 30.For additional details or to apply visit http://www.nyys.org/programs/first-music
About Julia Wolfe
Drawing inspiration from the folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe's music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her evening-length Steel Hammer, written for the Bang On A Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval, Julia Wolfe's music brings a modern sensibility to each genre while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, Wolfe has "long inhabited a terrain of [her] own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock."
Julia Wolfe's music has been heard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Settembre Musica (Italy), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, and has been recorded on Cantaloupe, Teldec, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Argo/Decca. Wolfe has been a recipient of numerous grants, including awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, and a Fulbright to The Netherlands. Wolfe joined the New York University Steinhardt School's composition faculty in the fall of 2009. She is co-founder of New York's music collective Bang on a Can.
Visit Ms. Wolfe’s website for her full biography or additional information: http://juliawolfemusic.com/