Announcing the Winner of our Inaugural Composer Award:
The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to award Reinaldo Moya its inaugural $20,000 Composer Award. With the Award, Moya will create a new work to be performed during the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-2021 season, its 125th. He will participate in a week-long residency in Rockland and Bangor leading up to the premiere of the new work. Moya was selected through a juried national competition composed of distinguished professionals in the field: celebrated composers Nico Muhly and Gabriela Lena Frank and Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller. Moya was chosen from over 335 applicants.
Details of the full season and Moya’s premiere will be announced in April.
The vision of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. Through its programs, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation supports the exploration of the common ground that art occupies, the way it engages people, and its ability to reveal our shared human experience.
Reinaldo Moya is a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education system. Through El Sistema, he had access to musical training from an early age and was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra touring throughout Europe, North and South America. Moya is the Composer-in-Residence at the Schubert Club. He is the recipient of the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House. He graduated from The Juilliard School with both masters and doctorate degrees, under the tutelage of Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. He received his Bachelors in Music degree from West Virginia University, where his principal teacher was John Beall.
Moya recently completed the opera Memory Boy, with a libretto by Mark Campbell, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera for its Project Opera and premiered in February of 2016. Excerpts from his opera Generalissimo (about the life, death and afterlife of a fictionalized Latin American dictator) have been performed in New York at Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. His orchestral piece Siempre Lunes, Siempre Marzo was performed by the New Jersey Symphony and The Juilliard Orchestra. In the fall of 2016, his Passacaglia for Orchestra was chosen by the audience and the musicians of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as the winner of the Earshot Composers Competition sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra.
His music has been performed in Germany, Colombia, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela and throughout the United States by performers such as the Juilliard Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Attacca Quartet as well as musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. Mr. Moya has taught at St. Olaf College and Interlochen Arts Camp, and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.
The competition is open to composers who currently live in the United States, ages 18 and over. Composers may be in any stage of their careers. Applicants who are or will be students enrolled in degree granting programs are ineligible.
$20,000 commission to write a new orchestral work, 15 to 20 minutes in length, to be premiered by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra during their ’20-’21 season. The new work must be delivered electronically by September 1, 2020.
Travel and lodging will be provided for the selected composer to attend the new work’s premiere, preceded by a week-long residency in Rockland and Bangor, Maine leading educational activities, attending rehearsals, and participating in public appearances. The composer will receive a recording of the new work.
During the creation of the new work, the composer will have access to the complete archives of artists Joan Beauregard and John David Ellis and the option to visit and stay at the Foundation headquarters in Rockland, ME.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019. There is no application fee. Visit ellis-beauregardfoundation.com to apply.
Application must be completed via Submittable and includes:
A musical CV/resume or bio.
Two representative scores (PDF) and corresponding recordings (mp3 files or links). At least one of the two works should show the applicant’s ability to write for orchestra.
The entries will be judged on artistic excellence by a three member jury comprised of composer Nico Muhly, composer Gabriela Lena Frank, and conductor David Alan Miller. All applicants will be notified by December 2019.
Nico Muhly is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and others, he has written more than 80 works for the concert stage, including the opera Marnie, which premiered at the English National Opera and was staged by the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2018.
Gabriela Lena Frank is currently composer in residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history. Born in Berkeley, California to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions.
Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras.