Melodia has announced the winner of our fourth Women Composer Commission Competition. In a recent review of the competition submissions, a panel of three musicians were struck by the range and high quality of the 52 applications from women composers scattered across the globe. Anglo-Armenian composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian rose to the top of the pool, offering a unique compositional voice and a rapidly increasing list of residencies, commissions, and awards. Cevanne was awarded a commissioned by Melodia to create an 8 – 12 minute piece, which we will premiere in November 2018. The commission fee is supported by a grant from the Sorel Organization.
Cevanne’s commissioned work, Red Bird, composed for women’s choir and string quartet, explores the life and writings of Zitkala-sa, one of the most influential Native American activists of the twentieth century. Speaking of the piece, Cevanne said: “Zitkála-Šá tells her own story with the literature she published and left us. So, my piece, Red Bird, is a miniature portrait of how her words resonate with me.” Read more from Cevanne about the piece here.
Cevanne recent accomplishments include a prestigious British Composer Award in the contemporary jazz category for her work Muted Lines, which was premiered in January 2017 at the Emulsion Festival of new music and improvisation, MAC (Midlands Arts Center), Birmingham, U.K. Described by the London Symphony Orchestra as One of today’s leading emerging composers, she has received commissions from Birmingham Royal Ballet, the BBC Singers, London Jazz Festival, and BBC Radio 3. Cevanne’s residency in NYC for the rehearsals and performance of Red Bird is supported by the British Council and the Arts Council of England.
Cevanne is the ninth composer to receive a commission from Melodia. Our most recent commissioned composer, Hilary Purrington, has received several honors since composing her work Cassandra for Melodia, premiered in 2016, including the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission from American Composers Orchestra; a commission from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a performance of a new work for chamber orchestra by Albany Symphony as part of the 2018 American Music Festival.
Melodia’s commissioning program was introduced in 2005 as a way to support emerging women composers and expand the repertoire for women’s choirs. Details of all Melodia’s commissioned composers can be found here.