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12 Composers Among the 178 Guggenheim Fellows for 2016

12 Composers Among the 178 Guggenheim Fellows for 2016

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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that 12 composers are among the 178 scholars, artists, and scientists who have been awarded 2016 Fellowships. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the 178 successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants. In all, 50 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 71 different academic institutions, 27 states and the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces are represented by this year’s fellows, who range in age from 31 to 84. There are 67 Fellows have no academic affiliation or hold adjunct or part-time positions at universities. The Leon Levy Foundation continues to provide supplemental support for Fellows with no formal academic affiliation.

The 9 men and 3 women who have been awarded 2016 fellowships in the music composition category have created music is an extremely wide variety of styles, from operas and works for symphony orchestra to electro-acoustic music and jazz. Below is a list of the 12 composers:

Jonathan Berger
Edmund Campion
Anthony Cheung
Neil Feather
David Fulmer
Bryan Jacobs
Andrew Norman
Adam Roberts
Laurie San Martin
Juri Seo
Wayne Shorter
Dalit Hadass Warshaw

Since its establishment in 1925, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $334 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals. The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains an important source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. Further details, including information about all of the 2016 fellows, is available on the Foundation’s website.

(from the press release)

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2 thoughts on “12 Composers Among the 178 Guggenheim Fellows for 2016

  1. chris sahar

    Ah Ageism is alive and well despite a great article spotting this back in 2013. Except for Wayne Shorter everybody on this list is under 40. The initial impression is you get a Guggenheim IF you are under 40 and if over you get one after breaking your back to establish yourself outside the contemporary classical niche – as Wayne Shorter has done .

    It would be fascinating to see where those under 40 Fellows will be in 20 years.

    1. Tod Brody

      The ages of celebrated composers are actually pretty public information, and this comment isn’t even close to being true. The three composers on this list who are personally known to me (Berger, Campion, San Martin) are each considerably older than 40. I haven’t researched the others, and clearly this commenter hasn’t either.


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