NEW AMERICAN VOICES was founded in Summer 2014 by tenor Tony Boutté as an initiative devoted to fostering collaboration between singer, pianist and composer. The inaugural season presented three programs (five concerts) taking place in NYC and Miami in early 2015. The concerts were devoted to music by living composers, and featured numerous world premiers. Below you will find information on each of the individual programs. Also visit (and like) our page at https://www.facebook.com/NAV2016.
~~~ 2018 EVENTS ~~~
NEW AMERICAN VOICES: CHAMPIONING THE MODERN ART SONG
As the result of a recent grant, New American Voices will by presenting a symposium
as part of the 2018 Contemporary Music Festival at Sam Houston State University.
The symposium features masterclasses and concerts with guest composers
(Libby Larsen and Zachary Wadsworth) and premieres of over 25 new works for voice.
Click HERE for more information.
~~~ 2017 CONCERTS ~~~
Texas Man—a world premiere by Dana Kaufman
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Friday, January 27, 2017 Recital Hall - 7:30pm
New American Voices: A Faculty & Guest Artist Recital
Curated by Tony Boutté, tenor Featuring new works by
Dana Kaufman, Jason Mulligan, and The NAV Composer Collective
New American Voices — "In With the New!"
University of Miami—St. Bede Episcopal Chapel
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8 pm
and Ben Webster (2017 NAV Competition Winner).
~~~ 2016 CONCERTS ~~~
Winter’s Journey—by Douglas Cuomo
January 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
UM Gusman Concert Hall • Frost School of Music
Coral Gables, FL
Tony Boutte, tenor
Alan Johnson, piano
Brian Lynch, trumpet
Douglas Cuomo, guitar and guest composer
Based on the poetry that inspired Schubert’s Winterreise, Douglas Cuomo’s Winter’s Journey is a modern song cycle about a solitary traveler in a savage winter whose heart is frozen in grief. The work is scored for tenor, piano, electric guitar and jazz trumpet, using an eclectic mix of jazz, classical and contemporary styles. Douglas Cuomo is the 2011 Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumnus, and he will be on hand to play guitar, joined by Tony Boutté, Brian Lynch and Alan Johnson.
A Way of Seeing
April 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Nancy Greene Hall • Frost School of Music
Coral Gables, FL
New American Voices presents premiers of 10 new songs, in addition to other recent works by young and established composers. Including the premier of 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, a work-in-progress by 2015 NAV Prize winner, Shawn Crouch. Also featured were compositions by finalists of the New American Voices Composition Prize, sponsored by Boutté for students of Frost's composition department.
Finalists for 2016:
Dylan Findlay (winner)
John Albert Harris
~~~ 2015 CONCERTS ~~~
Michael Alec Rose
News of the Universe
National Opera Center • NYC
Vocal & Chamber Music
Friday (2/20/2015) • Clarke Hall • Miami, FL
Monday (2/23/2016) • National Opera Center • NYC
This program featured music by acclaimed composer Michael Alec Rose, Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University (www.michaelalecrose.com). Joining Boutté was pianist Margaret Kampmeier, Artistic Director and Chair of Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program. Boutté and Kampmeier performed three existing song cycles written especially for them, plus one new work entitled Silence on a poem by British author Annette Greenaway. The composer was on hand to offer insight into his work and speak about his ongoing collaboration with the artists performing The performance took place on Monday January 19, 2015 at 7:30pm in the National Opera Center Recital Hall in New York City. Details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/NAV2016.
The following two concerts of New American Voices featured chamber works by the young and highly talented Zachary Wadworth (www.zacharywadsworth.com). Wadsworth also served as pianist for this concert and was joined by Boutté, as well as Margaret Donaghue (clarinet faculty of Frost School of Music) and Scott Flavin (violin faculty of Frost School of Music). One highlight was the world premier of Wadsworth's new composition for voice and piano, What to do when lost in the woods, on text from a 1902 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Concerts took place in Miami on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Clarke Hall (Frost School of Music) and on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the National Opera Center Recital Hall in New York City. Again, details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/NAV2016.
New American Voices
• Winners Concert •
Thursday, March 5, 2015 • Gusman Hall • Miami, FL
Monday, March 9, 2015 • National Opera Center • NYC
Rounding out the 2015 edition of New American Voices were two concerts devoted to composers and performers who are students, faculty or alumni of University of Miami's Frost School of Music. On the program were several world premiers performed by Frost School of Music faculty members Tony Boutté (tenor) and Alan Johnson (piano). Also featured were compositions by winners of the New American Voices Composition Prize, sponsored by Boutté for students of Frost's composition department. These final concerts took place in Miami on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Gusman Concert Hall (Frost School of Music) and on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the National Opera Center Recital Hall in New York City. Go to https://www.facebook.com/NAV2016 for more details.