The Cross-Country Chamber Consortium Announces The First Winner Of Its Black, Latinx And Indigenous Commission Award

The Federation of Chambers Across the Country announces the 1st winner of the Black, Latinx and Indigenous Commission Award

In 2021, Atlanta Chamber players (Atlanta), Decoda (New York), Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago), Musica (Houston), and Sully Chamber Ensemble (San Antonio) announced the creation of a new league aimed at increasing diversity in the modern chamber music inventory. Now we’re proud to announce that Benjamin Horne has received his first Emerging Black, Latin, and Aboriginal music composer commission.

Benjamin Horne (born in 1995) is a composer/arranger, low brass performer, and conductor based in Bloomington, Indiana. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Musical Performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He holds a bachelor’s degree at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (GA) with degrees in Music Education and Music Performance and a Certificate in Music Composition. Horn is a trumpeter and trombone player. He currently performs with Sequence Euphonium Quartet and Albireo New Music Collective. As a composer, Horn wrote for many styles and devices from large groups to solo and chamber works. Horn also spent time as a band manager in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Horn will create new work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano to be performed by each of the five consortium members during the 2022/2023 seasons, and will receive a $5,000 cash prize and joint technical and management support from five chamber music groups committed to providing an outlet for new sounds in modern music.

The Cross-Country Chamber Consortium is made up of groups from across the country committed to cultivating and performing works by the emerging creatives in the field of chamber music. The 2021 Black, Latinx and Indigenous Composer Commission competition was judged by a panel of representatives from these teams’ technical leadership, and they were joined by guest judge Anthony R. Green. This first round of the competition welcomed applicants from all over the country, and the Federation of Chambers Across the Country is proud to honor three finalists for their exceptional performances:

Composer J.E. Hernandez (born in 1993) is a Mexican-born composer based in Houston who focuses on elevating the personal and cultural narrative through his work. JE’s music has been featured by distinguished bands and institutions such as the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the American Opera Project, Apollo Chamber Players, the Modern Music Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art Houston, the Forum of American Composers, the Brazilian National Museum Orchestra, and in a variety of films, both in the United States and abroad. You can hear his work here.

Known for his charismatic, expressive, and socially conscious music, Puerto Rican composer Julio Elvin Quiñones has works imbued with emotion and intuition and representing every aspect of his identity. He focuses on developing a craft grounded in his Puerto Rican cultural background, interacting with folk and folk music, as well as literature and art from disparate and unconnected places. You can hear his work here.

Sophia Rocha writes music of uncompromising emotional intensity while exploring perception, randomness, rhythm, and counterpoint in post-tone frameworks. Sophia has a master’s degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied primarily with Chen Yi and Yotam Haber, and a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, where she studied composition with Avner Dorman. You can hear her work here.

Applications for entries will be accepted for the next round of the Committee of Black, Latino, and Indigenous Authors in Fall 2022.

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