CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman was one of ten composers selected for a coveted, all-expenses-paid residency at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark house in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin announced the winners of the 2011-12 Aaron Copland Awards, chosen from 90 applicants in 23 states. This year’s eminent jury consisted of composers Steven Stucky and Robert Beaser and violinist Curtis Macomber.
Residents will live and work, one at a time, for stays ranging from three- to eight-weeks at Copland’s rustic, hilltop home located one hour north of midtown Manhattan, where they will be able to focus uninterruptedly on their creative work in the same bucolic, serene environment that Copland so enjoyed during the last 30 years of his life. They also become eligible for other post-residency awards and performances that further advance their work, including the Sylvia Goldstein Award, Borromeo String Quartet, Hoff-Barthelson Music School Commission and others.
An Official Project of the White House Save America’s Treasures program, Copland House is the only composer’s home in the US devoted to nurturing and renewing America’s rich musical heritage through a broad range of musical, educational, public, informational and electronic-media activities.
About Joel Hoffman
Vancouver-born Joel Hoffman received advanced degrees from Juilliard and the University of Wales. He has been the recipient of awards from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, Columbia University, BMI, ASCAP and American Music Center. He is Professor of Composition at CCM and Artistic Director of MusicX, a festival of new music at Switzerland’s Hindemith Music Centre. Hoffman has been Composer-in-Residence with the National Philharmonic in Washington, DC and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He has been awarded residencies at the Rockefeller, Camargo and Hindemith Foundations, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Copland House. His compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Brass, BBC Orchestra of Wales, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin and Slovenian Radio Symphonies, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland, Brentano, and Shanghai Quartets, and the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, among many others. He has had commissions from Tanglewood, the Fromm Foundation, Washington Camerata, American Harp Society, Memphis Symphony, Caramoor, Bargemusic and RAI in Rome. As pianist, he has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Belgian Radio/TV Orchestra, Costa Rica National Symphony and Florida Orchestra. His music may be heard on the Albany, CRI, Koch, Stradivarius, Centaur, EMA, Deutsche Welle and Gasparo labels.