Louisville Kentucky Orchestra Launches Inaugural Composers Program

From left to right: TJ Cole, Tyler Taylor and Lisa Bielawa

Established by the Louisville Orchestra (LO) and its musical director Teddy Abramthe Louisville Orchestra Creator Corps residency program aims to change traditional commissioning structures with new models of collaboration with modern symphony orchestras. His the first participants are Lisa Bielawa, TJ Coleand Tyler Taylor.

Beginning his eighth season with LO in September, Abrams received 186 entries for the first edition of Creators Corps.

“I was overwhelmed by the diversity of talent,” he said in the press release. “I think this reflects the widespread desire of artists to build deeper and more impactful relationships with the civic institutions and communities they represent.”

Composer, producer and singer Lisa Bielawa is a winner of the Prix de Rome in musical composition. His music has been described by The New York Times as “ruminative, pointillist, and harmonically slightly tart.” She is the recipient of the 2017 American Academy of Arts & Letters Music Prize and the 2020 OPERA America Fellowship for Female Composers, and was Artist-in-Residence at Kaufman Music Center for the 2020/21 season.

American composer TJ Cole has been commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Time For Three, among others. Graduated from Curtis Institute of Music and Interlochen Academy of Artstheir mentors include John Boyle Jr., Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig and Richard Danielpour.

Originally from Louisville, Tyler Taylor is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Eastman School of Musicand the University of Louisville. He has recently received commissions from the Washington and Lee University Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Albany Symphony Contemporary Ensemble, and Louisville Orchestra, among others.

As part of the Creators Corps, the three artists will be on LO staff for at least 30 weeks and will receive an annual salary of $40,000, health insurance, housing and studio space. Throughout their residency, they will compose new works to be performed by LO and/or in other contexts, and engage in educational activities.

Additionally, one pre-existing work from each of the creators will be featured on LO’s opening night program on September 17, 2022. World premieres of their new works will be featured on LO’s classic series during the 2022/23 season. on January 14March 4 and March 11, 2023.

“Lisa, TJ and Tyler are examples of accomplished 21st century artist-leaders; their musical talents match their intellects and they all share a remarkable sensitivity to the needs of the world beyond the boundaries of contemporary musical composition,” Abrams continued. “While each creator has a unique aesthetic background and perspective, their collective accomplishments and abilities will make them an amazing member of the LO family…I can’t wait to begin collaborating with these three exceptional creators.”

“The Creators Corps marks a new chapter in innovation and leadership for the [LO]and I am proud that we are demonstrating the most impactful way composers, community leaders, musicians and civic partners can come together to fundamentally change the conversation around creativity, the creative process, access to the arts and of their impact,” added Graham Parker, Acting Executive Director of LO. “The entire LO family is dedicated to delivering this new model and showcasing it throughout the Louisville metro area, the Commonwealth and the country.”

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