The ASCAP Foundation & Copland House: A Proud Tradition Continues

July 20, 2016

On June 12th, four young ASCAP composers world premiered their brand new works at the closing concert of Copland House’s CULTIVATE Emerging Composers Institute. The program, sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation, is an all-scholarship intensive creative workshop and mentoring program which takes place at the historic Westchester County, NY manor once owned by ASCAP legend Aaron Copland and at
the Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco. Launched in 2012, it has quickly become a coveted destination for highly gifted composers on the threshold of their professional careers.

The six Fellows selected each year create a new composition that becomes the focus of an intensive week of collective and individual daily rehearsals and workshops with CULTIVATE Director Derek Bermel (an ASCAP composer) and artists from the widely-praised Music from Copland House ensemble. Evening discussion sessions focus on practical and professional career matters, and feature prominent, forward-looking arts leaders. 

Pictured (l-r) at the final concert on June 12th: ASCAP's Michael Spudic, Composer Juror Reiko Fueting, CULTIVATE Director Derek Bermel, Copland House Artistic & Executive Director Michael Boriskin, Music from Copland House clarinetist Carol McGonnell and pianist Margaret Kampmeier, Composer Fellow and ASCAP member Carolyn Chen, Music from Copland House cellist Alexis Gerlach, Composer Fellow Jenny Beck, Composer Fellows and ASCAP members Ryan Chase, Daniel Schlosberg and Michael Small, Music from Copland House violinist Harumi Rhodes and Composer Fellow Patrick Harlin.

Ryan Chase was CULTIVATE’s 2016 ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fellow.

Click here to find out more about the six selected Composer Fellows. 

Click here to learn more about the Copland House CULTIVATE program.