JAVS Fall 2023

AVS 2024 Recording Project Participants Announcement

In 2023, the American Viola Society (AVS) announced the opening of its 2024 Recording Project to be released via the AVS Presents recording label, a vehicle for AVS members to present and produce professional recordings sponsored by the AVS. We at the American Viola Society are so excited to share the line-up of the 2024 Recording Project participants who will be featured on the album.

Ames Asbell Sheila Anne Browne, with pianist Julie Nishimura Brenton Caldwell, with pianist Benjamin Loeb Philippe Chao Jay Julio

Kevin Nordstrom Joseph Thomas Skerik, with violist Brian Isaacs Mason Spencer

Jacob Tews, with violinist Erik Rohde Meghan Yost, with pianist Irene Kim

Our sincerest congratulations to all the participants and to everyone who submitted their work. We look forward to sharing the album when it is complete and hearing your beautiful work come to life, and don’t forget to check out the guidelines for the 2025 Recording Project!

2024 Maurice Gardner Competition

All compositions will be anonymized and reviewed by a panel of judges which will be announced by October 1 and will include internationally known violists and composers. Prizes to be awarded: First Prize: $1000, plus: a performance at the American Viola Society Festival June 19-22, 2024, at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA, USA, and reimbursement of travel expenses to the festival (amount up to $500) Second Prize: $500 The submission portal opens on October 1, 2023 . All entries must be submitted by December 1, 2023 .

Te American Viola Society proudly announces the 2024 Maurice Gardner Competition for Composers, seeking new works for the viola. The winning composition will be performed at the 2024 American Viola Festival, to be held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA, USA on June 19-22, 2024, in conjunction with the 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition. Anyone is welcome to submit a composition to the Gardner Competition. You may submit more than one composition for review. A $10 entrance fee will be charged for each submission. The American Viola Society seeks to address the systemic and structural inequities that are part of the classical music world. We especially want to hear from composers who identify as BIPOC/ALAANA/LGBTQ. During the submission process we have made it possible to self identify as a member of an underrepresented community.

Composers of winning compositions will be notified via email or phone by February 15, 2024.

Direct questions and inquiries to Martha Carapetyan, Competition Chair.


Journal of the American Viola Society / Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall 2023

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