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2018 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize Finals — now on YouTube

The finals for the 2018 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam were live-streamed on September 24, 2016.

Program A featured:

Albert Nobbs by composer Patrick Soluri and librettist Deborah Brevoort

followed by Mayo by composer & librettist Tom Cipullo.

Program B featured:

The Reef by composer Anthony Davis and librettist Joan Ross Sorkin

followed by Uncovered by composer Lori Laitman and librettist Leah Lax.

Many thanks to the brilliant faculty and students at SUNY Purchase, especially conductor and music director of the Crane Opera Ensemble, Kirk Severtson, and pianist Francois Germain.

Thanks to the 2018 Selection Committee: Dramaturg Cori Ellison (Staff dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and former dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010), Librettist Mark Campbell (award-winning opera librettist and winner (along with composer Martin Hennessy) of the 2014 Pellicciotti Prize), Pianist Francois Germain (vocal coach and piano faculty member at The Crane School of Music/vocal coach at University of Miam's Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Austria), Carleen Graham (former Distinguished Teaching Professor and director of The Crane Opera Ensemble/current Director of HGOco at Houston Grand), Nicole Paiement (Artistic Director of Opera Parallele in SF, principal guest conductor for the Dallas Opera), Conductor Kirk Severtson (professor and music director of The Crane Opera Ensemble), Composer Tim Sullivan (associate professor and chair of the Department of Music Theory, History and Composition at The Crane School of Music) and Darren K. Woods (General Director at Fort Worth Opera).

Most of all, thanks to Dr. Gary Jaquay, who founded this prize in memory of his life partner Domenic J. Pellicciotti, an ardent lover of opera. The prize is awarded every four years and seeks to encourage and acknowledge the creation of new operatic works that explore themes related to tolerance, inclusion or the celebration of diversity within an inclusive community.

Below are the links to access the archival videos.

Panel Discussion

Albert Nobbs


The Reef



Tickets now available for The Baltimore Symphony's World Premiere of "Unsung"

Unsung, for orchestra, was commissioned in late 2015 by The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, Music Director — as one of ten Centennial Celebration Commissions. The commissions celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The World Premiere performances, conducted by Marin Alsop, will take place on three nights:

— September 29, 2016, 8 pm at Strathmore Hall in N. Bethesda, MD

— September 30, 2016, 8 pm at the Meyerhoff Concert Hall in Baltimore, MD and

— October 1, 2016 at 8 pm, also at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore.

To purchase tickets, please click here.


Guest on WAYO's "Music Matters" on 8.31.16

On August 31, 2016, I will be a guest on the radio show "Music Matters," run by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and members of the composition department at The Eastman School of Music. My daughter, composer Diana Rosenblum (a PhD candidate at Eastman), along with some of her colleagues — Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi and Danny Hansen, will play a selection of my music and interview me. If you're in the Rochester, NY area, please tune in 8.31.16 at 5 pm EST on WAYO FM (104.3) or listen to the live stream at


Commission from Howard Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership

My latest commission is from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership. The piece will be for SATB vocal quartet and piano 4-hands, and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women's Right to Vote in New York State.

I am setting the humorous poems of Alice Duer Miller, a brilliant writer from the early 20th century. The premiere will take place at Eastman on March 5, 2017.


Underwriting of The NATS Art Song Composition Award

I am underwriting the NATS Art Song Composition Competition awards. The competition, started in 1983, had been held every two years. Now it will become an annual event, and the entry fees for professionals and students will be reduced.

For more information, please click here.

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