Award Recipients

Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award
Joan Tower

CMA’s National Service Award recognizes living legends who have made significant contributions to the ensemble music field on a national level and spanning an entire career. CMA is pleased to present the 2020 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award to composer and educator Joan Tower.

Joan Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. During a career spanning more than fifty years, she has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets; soloists Evelyn Glennie, Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, Paul Neubauer, and John Browning; and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, and Washington DC among others. From 1969 to 1984, she was pianist and founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, which commissioned and premiered many of her most popular works. Other chamber works have been commissioned by the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and La Jolla Music Society for SummerFest, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among many others. She has received honorary doctorates from Smith College, the New England Conservatory, and Illinois State University. She is the Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972.

The Award will be presented to Tower at Sunday’s General Session as part of CMA’s 2020 Conference, Music, Equity, and Our Future, on January 19.

Conference registration is open now.

Visionary Award
Samora Pinderhughes

Chamber Music America’s Board of Directors created the Visionary Award to recognize ensemble music professionals who are leading the field in creative thinking and innovation. This year’s recipient is Samora Pinderhughes.

Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues. Pinderhughes was born mixed-race in the Bay Area, a hotbed of revolutionary organizing as well as music and art that immediately seeped into his soul. Pinderhughes is the director/creator of The Transformations Suite, an acclaimed project combining music, theatre, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African Diaspora. This year, Pinderhughes is beginning his PhD at Harvard University in the Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry program under the direction of Vijay Iyer. He works frequently with Common on compositions for music & film, and is a featured member on the new albums August Greene and Let Love with Common, Robert Glasper, Boom Bishop, and Karriem Riggins. A Sundance Composers Lab fellow, Pinderhughes scored the award-winning documentary Whose Streets? and the Field of Vision film Concussion Protocol. He is a member of Blackout for Human Rights, the arts and social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, and was musical director for their #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events.

The Award will be presented to Pinderhughes at the Saturday Night Soirée on January 18. Tickets to the Saturday Night Soirée are available through conference registration.

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