9th Annual Commissioning Competition
The Boston New Music Initiative's 9th Annual Commissioning Competition is now open! Please click here for details.
6th Annual Young Composers Competition
The Boston New Music Initiative would like to congratulate Benjamin Beckman, the winner of our Sixth Annual Young Composers Competition. His work, light pours through the quiet interstices and we measure this transient world, will be performed by BNMI in June of 2021. We also would like to congratulate Wen Ziyang whose work, Immerse in Mountain 5, received an Honorable Mention.
Call for "Quarantunes"
In this time of isolation and social distance when traditional live concert performances are all but impossible, musicians and performing artists are finding new ways to bring their art to audiences. In that spirit, BNMI is announcing Quarantunes. For a limited time, full members of BNMI can submit short (~5 min. or less) solo works for flute (dbl. Bass, Alto and Piccolo), Clarinet (dbl. Bass Cl), Violin, Viola, Piano or Percussion (vibraphone, drum set and "found" or small percussion). Submissions need not be anonymous or scrubbed of identifying information. BNMI performers will select works to perform and post on social media as they are able. We plan for this opportunity to be available until at least September. Submissions will be reviewed by musicians as they are received. If your piece is chosen for presentation, you will be contacted in advance by the performer or a BNMI staff member with more information. Bring on the music!
8th Annual Commissioning Competition
The Boston New Music Initiative is very excited to announce the winner of our 8th Annual Commissioning Competition! Our judging panel was extremely impressed with the quality of the works submitted. Paul Novak's piece "as the light begins to drift" was selected by an outside panel of industry professionals from an anonymous pool of over 100 very wonderful compositions. Novak's music rejects grandiose narratives, and is driven by a love of small things: miniature forms, delicate soundscapes, and condensed ideas. His compositions, which explore the subtleties of instrumental color and draw influence from literature, art, and poetry, have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. In Fall 2020, Paul will begin his PhD at the University of Chicago. BNMI is looking forward to working with this accomplished young composer!
Call for Scores: Zaka
The Boston New Music Initiative's second call for scores for our twelfth season is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted, selected composers have been notified.
BNMI Final Concert of Eleventh Season will be Postponed
The Boston New Music Initiative is sad to announce that we will be postponing our final concert of the season to 2022. This concert will still feature a new work by the winner of the 7th Annual Commissioning Competition, Andrew Davis, and the winner of our Call for Guest Artists, Stephanie Lamprea. We hope all of members and supporters are staying safe at this difficult time. For musicians who have been adversely affected, please check our new resource page.
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BNMI's annual concert series is funded in part through the generous support of the Boston Cultural Council.
The Boston New Music Initiative holds numerous Calls for Scores throughout the calendar year.
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