Networking and Professional Development
In 2012, BNMI launched an online membership service for the local and international new music communities. Features include members-only events, discounted concert tickets and submissions to BNMI's calls for scores, searchable membership profiles, discussion boards, professional opportunities listings, and an archive of past professional development events. In 2013, BNMI began producing a quarterly podcast series for its full members which addressed relevant industry trends and topics. In addition, the organization aims to host a series of live seminars, master classes, and social outings to be held throughout each season. Click here
to learn more about membership.
BNMI offers annual calls for scores, with the selected works presented throughout BNMI’s Concert Series. We held our first commissioning competition in 2011 and continue to host this competition annually each fall, with the 5th annual competition currently open for submissions. Past winners:
- Panayiotis Kokoras, Ghost Notes (premiere: April 27, 2013, conductor: Steven Lipsitt)
- Nicola Straffelini, Labyrinth Song (premiere: April 16, 2015, conductor: Patrick Valentino)
- Travis Alford, Altered States (premiere: April 16, 2016, conductor: Patrick Valentino)
- Lonnie Hevia, TBD (premiere scheduled for April 2017)
BNMI has remained committed to supporting its members at all stages of their musical careers, including young composers. In 2011, BNMI collaborated with the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas to award Thomas Sturm the BNMI/AFA Composition Prize for Young Composers, and his piece, Creatio ex Nihilo, was performed by BNMI in June 2011. In 2015, BNMI formalized its commitment to young composers with its first annual Young Composers Competition (YCC). This new tradition recognizes and celebrates innovative work by composers under the age of 21. The winner of our first competition, Trey Makler, had his work, Sonette an Orpheus, performed in Spring 2016. Aaron Mencher has recently been selected as the winner of the second annual competition, with his work, Uncertainly Yours, to be performed by BNMI in November 2016. The third annual competition will be held in the late spring of 2017, with an anticipated performance of the winning work to be scheduled for the 2017-2018 season.
In addition to working with many talented individual performers and ensembles as part of BNMI's concert series, the organization's scope has extended throughout New England through its participation in events outside of the concert series. BNMI's core ensemble has performed and participated in each of the first two years of the PARMA Music Festival
held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in August, and in the Westfield Festival of New Music in March 2014 at Westfield State University
. Plans for participation in upcoming and future festivals and residencies are already underway, as BNMI seeks to continue expanding its mission and activities to new audiences throughout the region and beyond.
In 2016, BNMI also spearheaded the Core+ program, which allows composers to submit to our Calls for Scores works not only for our core ensemble, but also for a special artistic partnership. These collaborations rotate each year, so BNMI is always exploring the nexus of music and other artistic disciplines. Season 8 will show the first fruits of this program when BNMI partners with Luminarium Dance Company to present some winning scores with original choreography created just for these performances. The Core+ collaboration for Season 9 will be disclosed during the Core+ Call for Scores later this year.
Boasting 27 concerts and over 175 performed works by 135 different composers through its first seven seasons, BNMI’s Concert Series
engages with a variety of Boston-area performance venues to showcase vocal, chamber, orchestral, choral, electroacoustic, and multimedia works. Many of the works featured in our seasons are chosen from our international calls for scores
and represent the stylistic breadth and richness of new music today. BNMI features a core ensemble
, as well as a significant number of guest artists, consisting of some of today's most exciting young performers within the Boston area.