Several Yale School of Music composers will participate in WXQR's groundbreaking Project 440, where composers from all over the country will compete for a commission from the world-famous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.
Sixty candidates were posted in the month of June, including several YSM alumni and students: Andy Akiho '11MM, Timothy Andres ’07BA, ’09MM, Judd Greenstein '04MM, Ted Hearne '08MMA, Polina Nazaykinskaya '10MM, Andrew Norman '09AD, and John Orfe '01MM, '02MMA, '09DMA.
Two more rounds will reduce the number of candidates from sixty to thirty, and from thirty to twelve; finally, four winners will be chosen in October 2010.
In the meantime, each candidate will have a bio and audio clips posted on the WXQR website, giving home listeners the chance to weigh in on their favorite composers. The final judging will be done by Orpheus, but opinions from the website will be taken into consideration.
With both popular feedback and professional judging, Project 440 is a celebration of the best of America's musical talents.