Baruch Professor Cynthia Lee Wong Selected as “New Voices” Composer

June 5, 2013 | Baruch College

Cynthia Lee Wong

Professor Cynthia Lee Wong

 

NEW YORK, NY- June 4, 2013 — Cynthia Lee Wong, a Performing Arts Professor in the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences at Baruch College, was recently named the 2013 New Voices composer.

The New Voices program is a partnership between music publisher Boosey & Hawkes and the two ensembles directed by MTT, the New World Symphony (NWS) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), that provides professional development for emerging composers. Each year, one composer is chosen from a selection of invited applicants to participate in a multi-organizational residency that covers areas in career development that include working with a publisher, work-shopping new compositions, and premiering their works on both coasts with the New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony in orchestral and chamber settings.

Professor Wong was selected by a panel of judges consisting of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and composers John Adams, Steven Mackey, and Mason Bates. Professor Wong is a recipient of accolades in the performing arts including three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and several prizes from The Juilliard School, City University of New York, and Columbia University. She has studied composition with Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, David Del Tredici, David Olan, and Larry Thomas Bell and her current commissions include compositions for the League of Composers/International Society of Contemporary Music and the New York State Music Teachers Association.

After receiving hands-on experience in the preparation of score materials and contract negotiation at the New York offices of Boosey & Hawkes, Professor Wong will collaborate with the New World Symphony in the work-shopping, rehearsal, and performance of two new works in the 2013-14 season commissions that make up the performance-related aspect of New Voices. These New Voices commissions consist of one work for chamber ensemble and one work for orchestra, to be premiered by the New World Symphony in November 2013 and April 2014, respectively. The works will then receive their West Coast premieres by the San Francisco Symphony during the 2014–15 season.

Professor Wong is the second composer selected to participate in New Voices. Zosha Di Castri, a doctoral student with Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University, was the first composer chosen for the program. Her new work for percussion quartet, “Manif,” premiered at the New World Symphony (NWS) in March, and her new work for orchestra, “Lineage,” premiered at NWS in April.

 

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