For young music students the composer is perhaps the most remote figure in the musical process—either a famous name from the history books or little more than an afterthought. Professional composers often work with professional musicians, writing with their particular abilities in mind. For both students and composers it can be revelatory to participate in the process of creating and preparing a piece of music written for young performers. A4TY seeks to bring these two groups into direct contact, opening a window into the other's working methods and creative process. In addition, students perform each others' works, increasing their exposure to new, original music, and honing their ability to articulate musical ideas through the rehearsal process.
The A4TY Student New Music Project commissions composers to write new works for the Bloomingdale School of Music. In addition, there is a Call for Scores from student composers in the Bloomingdale community. The project, now in its thirteenth season, was founded by Katy Luo and is currently curated by Margalit Cantor.
Composers of past/current commissions:
Mario Diaz de Leon
New Music Composed and Performed by Students of Bloomingdale School of Music