AMP Grant Awards announced for the 2019-20 season

George Crumb

George Crumb Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago will mark the 90th birthday season of George Crumb with an immersive three-day festival of the American iconoclast’s music, March 27-29, 2020. Works to be performed include Night of the Four Moons, Sun and Shadow (Spanish Songbook II), Three Early Songs, Vox Balaenae and the complete Makrokosmos, Books I-IV.

Horatio Parker’s Choral Anthems 

Canticum Novum Choral Ensemble will perform and record the Choral Anthems of Horatio Parker (1863-1919). This project by the Iowa City ensemble will mark the premiere professional recording of this important yet little known part of the pioneering 19th-century American composer’s oeuvre.

150 years of Chamber Music by African-American composers 

The Detroit-based AEPEX Contemporary Performance will present several concerts of a program exploring the vast range of piano and chamber music by black composers from Blind Tom Wiggins in the mid-19th century to contemporary composers of today. 

Semiosis Quartet spotlights American women composers

The Semiois Quartet performed two concerts in August of “An American Century.” The Boston ensemble’s AMP-granted program encompassed a wide range of music by American women, from Ruth Crawford Seeger and Florence Price to Caroline Shaw and Shelley Washington.

Reviews are below.

AMP commissions string quartet from Amy Wurtz

Amy Wurtz

The American Music Project has commissioned a second chamber work from Chicago-based composer Amy Wurtz.

Wurtz’s String Quartet No. 3 will be given its world premiere in Chicago in the 2019-20 season by a leading chamber ensemble. Details will be announced at a later date.

This commission follows Wurtz’s Piano Quintet, AMP’s first commission, which the pianist-composer premiered with Chicago Q Ensemble in 2014 under AMP auspices.

Wurtz’s first two string quartets have been recorded by Chicago Q Ensemble and CDs are available at her website.

Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 season

"Still Life with Musical Instruments."
“Still Life with Musical Instruments.”

AMP grant applications for the 2019-20 season are online and may be submitted starting today.

The current application form will remain available on the site until August 31, 2019. Grants will be awarded for performances taking place from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Awards will be announced October 1.

Click here to apply.

AMP Grant Award winners announced for the 2018-19 season

Semiosis Quartet

The Semiosis Quartet will perform two concerts of music by American women composers in Boston. The program will include Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s String Quartet No. 2, Florence Price’s String Quartet, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet 1931, Shelley Washington’s Say and Caroline Shaw’s Valencia.


MicroFest will present Harry Partch’s monumental work of Depression-era Americana, The Wayward, at Disney Hall, Los Angeles in March of 2019. The event will constitute a world premiere, with Partch’s rarely heard “Ulysses at the Edge” performed as a fifth section of The Wayward for the very first time.

Cherchez la Femme

Cherchez la Femme will present two programs in Chicago that will survey music by American women composers, from 1900 to the present, for flute and cello. The composers represented are Louise Talma, Sylvia Hazlerig., Billie Holiday, Barbara Kolb, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Sylvia Glickman, Joan Tower, Katherine Hoover, Meira Warschauer and Gwyethe Walker.

Crossing Borders Music

Crossing Borders Music will present a program of chamber works by African-American women composers in Chicago in March of 2019. The program will include Florence Price’s 5 Folksongs in Counterpoint, Undine Smith-Moore’s Afro-American Suite, Brittany J. Green’s Portraits for Piano Solo, and Elizabeth Baker’s Rain on the Cotton.

AMP Grant Awards announced for the 2017-18 season

The Singers
The Singers

Miller Theatre for the JACK Quartet’s programs in its Soundscape America series (New York).

The JACK Quartet will present a two-concert event October 19 and 21, 2017, exploring some of the most consequential American string quartets of the 20th and 21st centuries. The 11 works include music of Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Gloria Coates and John Zorn.

The Singers (Minnesota)

The Singers will present an American choral program May 19 and 20, 2018, featuring John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill,”  Dominick Argento’s “Dover Beach Revisited, Ned Rorem’s “From an Unknown Past” and Jake Runestad’s “Come to the Woods.” The Singers will record all four works along with music of Samuel Barber, William Schuman, and Cecil Effinger.

Commonwealth Chorale (Massachusetts)

The Commonwealth Chorale will mark the 150th birthday season of pioneering American composer Amy Beach with a performance November 11, 2017 of her rarely heard Mass in E-Flat Major. Presented in a new critical edition by Matthew Phelps, the concert will also mark the 125th anniversary of the Mass’s premiere.

Amici Tonic Vocal Ensemble (Columbus, Ohio)

The Amici Tonic Vocal Ensemble will present a program of American vocal chamber music in the Spring of 2018, which will feature Dominick Argento’s “To be Sung Upon the Water,” George Rochberg’s “3 Psalms for Vocal Quartet,” and  Andrew List’s “Journey of Seasons.” 

AMP grant awards announced for the 2016-17 season

Sō Percussion

Music from Copland House

In eight concert programs in the 2016-17 season, Music from Copland House will present seven world premieres as well as a wide array of American music from the past 150 years. Repertoire includes works by Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Charles Martin Loeffler, Edward McDowell, Theodore Chanler, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Steven Stucky, Nico Muhly, Paquito d’Rivera, Derek Bermel, Peter Lieberson, Mason Bates, Roberta Sirota, David Amram; David Biedenbender; Timo Andres; and Lowell Liebermann.

Launched in 2009, the main-stage concert series presented by Copland House at the historic Merestead estate in Mount Kisco, New York, is one of the few in the country to exclusively champion music of past and present American composers. The Music from Copland House ensemble has recorded for the Arabesque, Koch International, and Copland House Blend labels.

Concert dates at the national historic landmark venue are October 29, December 4, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 12 and June 26.

Sō Percussion

Sō Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting) will embark on an eight-city tour of the U.S. and Europe in the 2016-17 season performing works for percussion quartet by five American composers: John Cage, Paul Lansky, Jason Treuting, Bryce Dessner and Caroline Shaw.

Performance dates are in Princeton; Washington D.C.; New York (Carnegie Hall); Dayton, Ohio; Logan and Salt Lake City, Utah; Decorah, Iowa; and London, England.

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players will mark the one hundred birthday anniversary of Lou Harrison in 2017 with the program “Lou Harrison: A Centenary Celebration.” The all-day marathon on April 22 by the 24-member ensemble will feature four substantial works of the American innovator: Canticle#3, Varied Trio, Suite for Cello and Harp, and Scenes from Nek Chand.

The Harrison works will alternate with music of four young composers who were strongly influenced by Lou Harrison: Jimmy Lopez, Annie Gosfield, Gity Razaz, and Natacha Diels.
The event will also feature conversations with Harrison contemporaries, and a screening of Eva Soltes’ film Lou Harrison: A World of Music on April 21.

Aperio brings American art song to Houston audineces


Aperio, Music of the Americas, brought a wide range of American art song to audiences in Houston, Texas. funded by a 2015 AMP grant. In the program, titled “Gilded Twilight: Evocations of America’s Victorian Age,” soprano Julia Fox and pianist Michael Zuraw performed songs of Charles Ives, Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, and Gabriel Kahane to audiences in several venues throughout Houston.