AGO Student Commissioning Project

The AGO Student Commissioning Project is the AGO’s most recent new music venture. Each year, grants of $1,000 are awarded to four collaborative composer-and-organist pairs for the composition and performance of four new works for the organ. In the fall, as the academic year begins, a student pair submits a joint application describing a proposed work and its performance. There are no restrictions with regard to  work’s compositional style, however, all composers and organists must be enrolled as full- or part-time students at an accredited U.S. college, university, or conservatory. After the new work is approved by the AGO Committee on New Music, the organist must premiere the work and present two additional performances. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this procedure has be amended for the 2020-21 projects. 2020-21 Project Guidelines

Award: Four grants of $1,000 will be awarded each year to four composer and organist pairs by the AGO Committee on New Music. Submit an application for a 2020-21 Student Commissioning Project.

The four composer-organist student pairs that were selected fall, 2019, had a challenging year on campus due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic: Charles Berofsky and Bradley Vogel at the Eastman School of Music, J. Alexander  Bennett and Amber Dahlberg at Brigham Young University, Matthew Hazzard and Jim Roman at The University of Houston, and Seo Yoon Kim and Wendy Johnston at the Peabody Institute.

J. Alexander Bennett and Amber Dahlberg collaborated on Coccinella. Listen to Coccinella

J. Alexander Bennett

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Matthew Hazzard and Jim Roman collaborated on Distance.

Matthew Hazzard

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Committee on New Music
Louise Mundinger, MM, Director  Email
David J. Hurd, Jr., MusD  Email
Carol Feather Martin, MM Email
Alexander Meszler, DMA  Email
M. Jonathan Ryan, Councillor for Competitions and New Music Email

AGO Headquarters Email