The American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society of the country’s architects, artists, composers, and writers, has announced the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May.
Kathryn Alexander, Andrew Rudin, Christopher Theofanidis, and Scott Wheeler will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Awards in Music. They will each receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work and have their music presented in a concert at the Academy in the spring of 2019. Matthew Aucoin will receive the Benjamin H. Danks Award in Music, a $20,000 prize given in rotation to a composer of ensemble works, a playwright, and a writer. John Aylward will receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award, an award established by the C. F. Peters Corporation that is given for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. Laurie San Martin will receive the $10,000 Andrew Imbrie Award, which is given to a composer of demonstrated artistic merit in mid-career, and John Mackey will receive $10,000 Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award. Jesse Jones and Missy Mazzoli will each receive a $15,000 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, which are awards given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts. The Academy had already announced that Huck Hodge will receive the Charles Ives Living Award, but each year the Academy also awards two Charles Ives Fellowships of $15,000 and six Charles Ives Scholarships. Peter Van Zandt Lane and Matthew Schreibeis will be the recipients of the Fellowships; the recipients of the Scholarships are: Theophilus Chandler, Jonathan Cziner, Jack Frerer, Eli Greenhoe, Sunbin Kim, and Peter S. Shin.
Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy and the winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Yehudi Wyner (chairman), Samuel Adler, Sebastian Currier, David Rakowski, Melinda Wagner, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. More detailed descriptions of each of the awards as well as biographies and photographs of the award recipients are available on the American Academy of Arts and Letters website.