Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with WQXR, has been running Project 440, a contest for four commissioning slots for their 2011-’12 seasons. Starting with sixty composers, they’ve put these emerging and mid-career artists through extensive vetting, including interviews, blogging (and blogosphere comments!), judging of their works by a committee of expert composers and orchestra members, and, earlier this week, a marathon of their pieces on Q2.
Yesterday, it was announced that the field had been winnowed down to twelve. They are:
Congratulations to the finalists. The four winners will be announced in October.