Keynote and General Sessions

Friday Keynote: George E. Lewis

Friday, January 17, 2020 | 10:15-11:45 AM
Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

George Lewis will explore the intersectionality of performing arts, community, and equity to illuminate the theme, Music, Equity, and Our Future.

George E. Lewis, Professor of American Music at Columbia University, Area Chair in Composition, and member of the faculty in Historical Musicology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society. Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), and the Doris Duke Artist Award (2019).

A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’s work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 150 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musikfabrik, Mivos Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Spektral Quartet, and others; his opera Afterword (2015) has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

He is the author of the award-winning book, A Power Stronger Than Itself:  The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press 2008), and co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016). An Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society, Lewis holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, New College of Florida, and Harvard University. His music is published by Edition Peters.

Annual Membership Meeting with Special Guest Mary Anne Carter

Friday, January 17, 2020 | 12:45-1:45 PM
Broadway Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Mary Anne Carter, chair of the National Endowment of the Arts, will address attendees at the Annual Membership Meeting.  

Carter’s remarks will follow the conference luncheon on Friday, January 17. Limited tickets to the luncheon are $45 and are available through conference registration.

Saturday General Session:
The Artist’s Perspective

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 10:15-11:45 AM
Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor


Tania León


Jerry Medina


Tomeka Reid


Aaron Flagg

Where are the intersections of music and equity, what do they look like, and how are today’s artists encouraging conversation around these issues through their own work and careers? Listen in on this discussion, hear the panel’s predictions for the future of our field, and come prepared to participate in a dialogue.

Tania León, Composer/Conductor
Jerry MedinaTrumpeter/Composer/Vocalist
Tomeka ReidCellist/Composer/Bandleader

Moderated by Aaron FlaggChair and Associate Director, Juilliard Jazz

Sunday General Session:
A Conversation with Joan Tower

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 10:15-11:45 AM
Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

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.

Tower will appear in conversation with John Schaefer, Executive Producer, Music Programming, WNYC and Host/Producer of New Sounds.

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 soloists, orchestras, and ensembles, 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.

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