Missy Mazzoli has been selected as its new Mead Composer-in-Residence. Appointed to the position by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Mazzoli begins a two-year term July 1, 2018 continuing through June 30, 2020.
As Mead Composer-in-Residence, Mazzoli will curate the CSOA’s four-concert contemporary music series, MusicNOW. In addition, she will provide artistic guidance for contemporary music commissions and programming, special events and collaborations with other artistic partners. Mazzoli will also receive a commission to write a new work for the CSO to be premiered in the 2019/20 season along with a commission for a new work to be premiered on the MusicNOW series.
Sir Georg Solti appointed John Corigliano as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first Composer-in-Residence in 1987, and he was succeeded by Shulamit Ran from 1990 until 1997. Augusta Read Thomas was appointed by Daniel Barenboim in 1997, and in 2002, the position was endowed by CSOA Trustee Cynthia Sargent and Governing Member Sally Mead Hands. Thomas continued her tenure as Mead Composer-in-Residence until 2006, and Osvaldo Golijov and Mark-Anthony Turnage held the position from 2006 until 2010. Riccardo Muti appointed Mason Bates and Anna Clyne in 2010, and they held the positions until 2015, when Muti appointed Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek, who both completed their tenures as Mead Composers-in-Residence at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.