Medal Day 2015
The MacDowell Colony will award composer Gunther Schuller its 56th Edward MacDowell Medal on Sunday, August 9. The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s first artist residency program, has awarded the medal annually since 1960 to an individual artist who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field.
Schuller, who began his professional career as a teen playing French horn for the American Ballet Theater (ABT) and recorded with Miles Davis before making an indelible mark as a composer and an educator, has composed such works as Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (1959), Of Reminiscences and Reflections, which earned the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, and An Arc Ascending (1996). He joins a notable list of past Medal recipients, including Aaron Copland (1961), Robert Frost (1962), Georgia O’Keeffe (1972), Leonard Bernstein (1987), Stephen Sondheim (2013), and Betye Saar (2014).
“It was easy for the selection committee to choose Gunther,” said Augusta Read Thomas, chair of the Edward MacDowell Medal Selection Committee and a member of the board of the American Music Center. “He’s a composer’s composer with laser-sharp ears, a sensitive, fertile, creative mind, endless energy, and a generous, humane soul.” Serving with Thomas on the selection committee were six other composers, all of whom are MacDowell Fellows: Sebastian Currier, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, David Rakowski, Alvin Singleton, and Melinda Wagner.
“He is a true Renaissance man who during his lifetime – so far! – has mastered seven musical careers,” said Thomas, who is also university professor at The University of Chicago. “As a composer and as a teacher of composition he has inspired generations of students, setting an example of discovery and experimentation. As a conductor, performer, historian, author, and producer, he has preserved and shared countless important works by classical and jazz artists with millions of music lovers.”
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Since 1960, The MacDowell Colony has awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal to an artist of enduring vision and creativity. Find out about the medal’s proud history and its distinguished group of past winners.
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