Music Alive 2016-2019

The League of American Orchestras and New Music USA Announce Music Alive Residencies

Five composer and orchestra pairings have been selected through a peer review process to participate in Music Alive, a national three-year-composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.

This new iteration of Music Alive begins 2016-2017 and prioritizes collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestra musicians, artistic leadership, and community members. Music Alive hopes to demonstrate — through active partnership with the participating residency pairings — the power and value of living composers working at the center of American orchestras.

 The five new Music Alive composer-orchestra pairings are:



Anna Clyne

Berkeley Symphony

Photo credit: Javier Oddo


Stacy Garrop

Symphony Orchestra

Photo credit: SnoStudios Photograph 





Hannibal Lokumbe

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Photo courtesy of 
The Philadelphia Orchestra




Lembit Beecher

The Saint Paul Chamber

Photo credit: Jamie Jung




Theodore Wiprud

South Dakota Symphony 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of 
Theodore Wiprud

The newly configured program was re-imagined as a result of an extensive survey of leading professionals deeply experienced in relationships between composers and orchestras. The research culminated in a 2015 convening by New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras hosted by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Colleagues in the new music and orchestra worlds met to identify and discuss critical challenges that the program could address directly.

More than visiting artists, the composers in residence will be centrally embedded within their orchestras, and their roles will be incorporated directly into the orchestras’ operations, programming and curatorial decisions, and activities in their communities. Dedicated funding will be attached to the residency priorities, including workshopping, rehearsing, and developing new works or performing existing works by living composers; mentoring emerging composers through readings, shadowing, and other mentoring opportunities; and creating public access to the artistic process through open rehearsals, access to various media, and other points of entry. The composers, orchestra leadership teams, and program staff are also committed to engaging in a cohort-based planning process around the residency priorities, which will include virtual convenings as a group several times per year, as well as an annual in-person convening at the League’s National Conference.

Read the full press release here.

Discover more about Music Alive here.


About Music Alive
Launched in 1999 as a joint program between Meet The Composer (now New Music USA) and the League of American Orchestras, Music Alive has been a steward and partner in a multitude of projects that foster strong working relationships between American orchestras and accomplished composers across the country. In its 17 years, the program has supported 115 composers, 77 orchestras, and 119 distinct residencies.

Music Alive is made possible due to a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.