We are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Memorious Art Song Contest, featuring guest composer Elizabeth A. Kelly. Kelly will select a poem or set of poems from one poet to set in an original work that will be recorded and published in an issue of Memorious. Finalists for the contest will have their work considered for publication. For guidelines for this no-fee contest, please visit the Memorious Submittable page. To learn more about art song, see this introduction by our former contest producer, Eric Malmquist.
Elizabeth A. Kelly is an American/British composer currently based in the United Kingdom. Her works have been performed at major venues throughout the United States and Europe including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK and the Gaudeamus Festival in the Netherlands. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by diverse ensembles including Alarm Will Sound (US), the ASKO Schoenberg Ensemble (Netherlands), the Curious Chamber Players (Sweden), the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10 (UK), the Albany Symphony Dogs of Desire (US), and the New York and Netherlands Youth Symphonies. Her work has been recognized with two Morton Gould Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and numerous other prizes. Kelly earned a Ph.D. in music composition from the Eastman School of Music. She also holds degrees from Yale, the University of Michigan, and The Hague Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her compositions have been published by Donemus, released by Huddersfield Contemporary Records and Centaur Records, and supported by a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham. For more information, please visit www.elizabethakelly.com. UPDATE: Kelly’s setting of winner Trenton Pollard’s poetry will have its world premiere on November 11th in Nottingham, UK. Find information and tickets here.
A little history of our Art Song Contest:
The Memorious Art Song Contest was born in 2009 through a collaboration between editor Rebecca Morgan Frank and producer Eric Malmquist, director of Singers on New Ground (SONG), after Frank met our first guest composer, Randall West, at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. West selected three poems by Jill McDonough to set, and these works were performed as part of SONG’s Ars Poetica Concert in Curtiss Hall at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago in April 2010 and appeared in Issue 14 of Memorious. In 2011 our second guest composer Luke Gullickson, selected Katie Peterson’s “The Accounts” as the contest winner, and this work was performed as part of SONG’s Ars Poetica Concert in Curtiss Hall at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago October 2011 and appeared in Issue 17. In May 2013, guest composer Brian Baxter’s setting of Richie Hofmann’s “Old World Elegy,” the winner of our third Art Song Contest, was performed at the Poetry Foundation and published in our tenth anniversary issue, issue 20. This year we continue the tradition of bringing poets and composers together. Please join us!