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January 16, 2015
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Composer's Voice
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Infamy with Robert Dick
Vox Novus Calendar
2014 Sayat Nova Competition
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Austin Mandolin Orchestra
60x60 Wave Farm Mix
Composer Opportunites on Music Avatar
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Valkyrie Sky Ride

Valkyrie Sky Ride

Musicologists now concede that Richard Wagner got his idea for the beginning of Act 3 of Die Walküre from the Dresden Amusement Park’s “Valkyrie Sky Ride,” which whirled its shrieking passengers high above the park grounds “like an out of control trip to Valhalla and back,” as Wagner himself once described it. Look closely and you’ll see him waving from the back of the car while enigmatically dressed as Mrs. A.E. Dinklaker.

David Gunn

For 10½ years, David Gunn co-hosted the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-winning radio show, Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar. The show is archived at Gunn's own website,, contains numerous recordings and scores of his compositions. Gunn is also a writer and humorist, and examples of both can also be found on his website. He lives simultaneously in Barre, Vermont.

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Composers Voice

Composers' Voice
January 25, 2015
Sunday at 1:00pm

Composer’s Voice presents the pinnacle of today’s music with its twice-monthly concert series of music by living composers at the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York City.

"it's on the edge of what's happening"
- Brant Lyon, Great Weather for Media

This concert features world premieres by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Robert Voisey, Masatora Goya, Cheryl Krugel-Lee and performances by pianist Yumi Suehiro, violinisit Sabina Torosjan, guitarist Douglas DaSilva, violin & shamisen Duo YUMENO.

Pianist “Yumi Suehiro is an intense musician, one who invests every ounce of her energy, passion, and intellect into her performances” - New York Concert Review Inc.

Duo YUMENO “The blending of Japanese and European chamber traditions with a very American rhythmic propulsion was unexpectedly groovy.” - New York Times

Much of composer/guitarist Douglas DaSilva’s music is influenced by Brazilian music and has been described as “very individual, and to us has a very clear personality” in Classical Guitar Magazine.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame Robert Dick

Robert Dick

January 25, 2015
Sunday at 1:00pm

This concert features the urgently popular Vox Novus program “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame” which consists of 15 one-minute works by 15 living composers, selected by the performer and performed as a unified whole, teaming up with modern flute legend Robert Dick for a unique presentation called “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Infamy: Robert Dick, modern flute”.

The 15 works selected to be premiered are by composers from around the world: Elizabeth Adams, Syrlane Albuquerque, Rodrigo Baggio, Joseph Bohigian, David Bohn, Robert Dick, Rocco Di Pietro, David Drexler, Masatora Goya. David Evan Jones, Michael Mikulka, Maggi Payne, Daniel Schnee, Samuel Stokes, and David Wolfson.

"...the 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. " - New York Music Culture Examiner

With equally deep roots in classical music old and new and in free improvisation and new jazz, Robert Dick has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered, but redefined the flute. Known worldwide for creating revolutionary visions of the flute's musical role, listening to Robert Dick play solo has been likened to the experience of hearing a full orchestra:

"There are few musicians that are truly revolutionary. Robert Dick is one of them."-Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes

-Dizzy Gillespie

FIFTEEN-MINUTES-OF-INFAMY: Robert Dick, Modern Flute Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021 York 10019

Tickets: Admission is FREE. Donations of food, clothing, and toiletries are encouraged for the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Program

Composer's Voice Concert
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:00pm
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
351 E 74th Street
New York, New York 10021

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Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Announces Winners

2014 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition
Announces Winners

Three international composers pay tribute to poet Daniel Varoujan with original compositions

AGBU is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition. Hovik Sardaryan, 21, of Armenia was awarded first prize; Fun Gordon Diclun, 26, of Hong Kong received second prize; and Richard Melkonian of the United Kingdom, 24, received third prize.

As first prize winner, Sardaryan received both the AGBU Carnegie Hall Award and Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) Award. His piece, “The Flowers of Golgotha,” will premiere at a gala concert in May and will be performed at the annual AGBU Performing Artists in Concert at Carnegie Hall in December 2015. He will also be commissioned to write a 10 minute piece that will be performed by the APO during its 2016-17 season.

The Sayat Nova International Composition Competition is designed to introduce Armenian musical traditions to a wider audience. This year, in commemoration of centenary of the Armenian genocide, the competition asked composers to include in their submissions the poetry of Daniel Varoujan, one of the first victims of the Armenian genocide.

Submissions arrived from various countries, including Russia, Switzerland and Brazil, as well as from fourteen states. Sixty percent of the composers were not of Armenian descent. The jury judging the competition was made up of renowned seven artists— conductor of APO Eduard Topchjan, composer Yakov Yakulov, soprano Hasmik Papian, AGBU ( pianist Jenny Chai, composer Paul Méfano and composer Michel Petrossian—from Armenia, Austria, France, China and the United States. Poet Lola Koundakjian served as a consultant to the jury and Hayk Arsenyan, composer and artistic director of this year’s competition, advised on the selection of the AGBU Carnegie Hall Prize winner: “This project is one of the brightest examples of what the AGBU Performing Arts department is aiming to accomplish—to introduce Armenian traditional instruments to an international audience and to strengthen cultural connections between Armenia and the rest of the world,” says Arsenyan.

This year, the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition partnered with music company Vox Novus, which developed Music Avatar, a software that allowed all submissions and judging to take place online. Robert Voisey, the executive director of Vox Novus, was instrumental in the collaboration: “We are very proud to have worked with AGBU and contributed to making the competition inspirational and creative.” The works of the three prize winners, which includes music for the duduk, cello, piano and a mezzo soprano, will be showcased at the gala concert and award ceremony on May 11, 2015 at Symphony Space in New York. Ara Guzelimian, the provost and dean of the Juilliard School, will give the opening remarks at the gala.

Established in 1906, AGBU is the world's largest nonprofit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 400,000 Armenians around the world.

For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit

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Fifteen_Minutes-of-Fame with The Austin Mandolin Orchestra

Announcing selections:
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The Austin Mandolin Orchestra is a community mandolin orchestra based in Austin Texas. Formed in 2004, the orchestra now includes over performing 20 members. Known for it's adventurous programming, in June 2013 the AMO performed Opus Twelve , a recital of eighteen new works composed by founder and director, Joel R Hobbs. Also in 2015, the Austin Mandolin Orchestra plans to host the Fall 2015 convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America. about the Austin Mandolin Orchestra -

Works selected for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame include:
Fantasia on “Yellow Rose” by John R. Akins, Texas Paintbrush by Johanna Asher, As Our Landscape Reawakens (from Angeltrumpets to Zephrylilies) by Rodrigo Baggio, Spotflower (Acmella Oppositifolia) by David Bohn , Canción de la Chamiza by Erik Branch, Spanish Dagger by Philip DeWalt, The Texas Three Step (Yellow Eyed Grass) by John Egenes, Galliardia Pulchella by Daniel Grantham, History of a Texas Wildflower by Owen Hartford, Persephonia by James J. Kellaris, Harp Dandelion-Khatutik by Aram Petrosyan, Wild Onion Rag by Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, Palo Duro Blossoms by Barry Trott, When String Lily Meets Devil’s Shoestring by Jean-Pierre Vial, and I Found My Rose In Austin by Blair Whittington

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60x60 Wave Farm Mix 60x60 Wave Farm Mix

Announcing selections:
60x60 Wave Farm Mix

Vox Novus and Wave Farm are delighted to collaborate on a special edition of 60x60 focused on Radio Art. Selected from an international open call, 60 works (created with, for, about radio and transmission) with durations of 60 seconds, comprise this eleventh annual 60x60 project. 60x60 Wave Farm Mix will be featured as an FM broadcast on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM; distributed as a Wave Farm Dispatch Series download; and featured in a series of live listening events.

About Wave Farm
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization that celebrates creative and community use of media and the airwaves. Wave Farm programs programs support artists who engage the transmission spectrum, on the airwaves and through public events and include the Wave Farm Artist Residency Program, and international visiting artist program; and the Transmission Arts Archive, a living genealogy of artists’ experiments with broadcast media and the airwaves. Wave Farm’s WGXC-FM is a creative community radio station that commits over 60 hours a week to transmission art and experimental sound.

Composers selected for the 60x60 Wave Farm Mix include:

Miles Leo Allen, Peter Barnard, Pedro Bericat, Colin Black, David Bohn, Eric Boivin, Joseph Bourdeau, Michael Boyd, Steve Bull, Christina Campanella, Sounds: Damian Catera, Words: Patricia Kositzky, Bernard Clarke, alan coon, Brett Copeland, Nathan Corder, Lin Culbertson, Grant Cutler, D. Edward Davis, Michael Dean, Benjamin Luke Deane, Justin Downs, Lorenz Erdmann, Vincent Euliano, Cameron Fraser, Soressa Gardner, David Heuser, Alan M Jackson, Tara Jackson, Brian D. Kelly, Tyler Kline, Keith Kothman, Sebastien Lavoie, Joshua Liebowitz, Stephen Lilly, Pol McLernon / Matt Lewis, Todd Merrell, Michael Nazionale, Serban Nichifor, Ken Nickels, Jesper Norda, Ken Paoli, Zach Poff, Aleksandr Rikhterman, John Roach, Lee Rosevere, Edward Ruchalski, Sam Sebren, Asha Sheshadri, Chatori Shimizu, Jason Sloan, David Jason Snow, Hans Tammen, Rachel Devorah Trapp, Dixie Treichel, Mark Vernon, Robert Voisey, Jane Wang, J. Wetherell, Chris Wood, and Sabrina Pena Young

You can view the entire program at:

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Music Avatar


Music Avatar is a great new way to upload works for composer opportunities hassle free! You will be able to submit, update, and modify your submission all the way up to the deadline date of the opportunity.

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