Three artists join Louisville Orchestra for its 2022-2023 performance season as part of the organization’s new commissions initiative called “Creators Corps.”
In a press release on Monday, the orchestra named Lisa Biela, TJ Cole and TylerTaylor as the first Creators Corps cohort.
“Lisa, TJ and Tyler are examples of accomplished 21st century artist guides; Their musical talents match their intellect and they all share a remarkable sensitivity to the needs of the world beyond the confines of contemporary music composition,” music director Teddy Abrams said in the press release, adding that the three were selected from an applicant pool of 186 artists.
Bielawa, Cole and Taylor begin their residencies on September 1st. Each will receive an annual salary of $40,000, health insurance, housing and a studio job in the Shelby Park neighborhood, and access to Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams. During the 2022-2023 performance season, they will premiere works with the Louisville Orchestra.
The program is funded by a $750,000 grant for three years The Andrew W. Mellon Foundationas well as individual donors.
In a press release announcing the commissioning initiative in March, Abrams called Creators Corps a “great experiment” and said it was “the most ambitious major project the orchestra has undertaken since I arrived in Louisville.”
Jacob Gotlib, Creative Neighborhood Residency Program Manager at the Louisville Orchestra, narrates WFPL news in March The residency reinforces one of the orchestra’s key goals for the future, “to embrace the idea that music is a fundamental part of civic life.”
Taylor, who lives in his hometown of Louisville, was a grantee at the National Orchestra Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival and has received numerous awards for his compositions. He has had commissions with groups such as the Washington and Lee University Orchestra, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.
He called the residency “a dream job” that would allow him to focus solely on his art and not have to juggle other work to make ends meet.
“And then, perhaps more importantly, it’s an opportunity for me to interact in a really substantive and professional musical way with an institution that has honestly shaped me as a musician and an artist,” Taylor told WFPL News, explaining that he did has been attending performances by the Louisville Orchestra since he was a little boy.
“To be a part of that and interact with the musicians, interact with Teddy and create something that reaches the community in a really productive and high-quality way is a dream come true.”
The community aspect of the program was what made him want to apply in the first place.
“Coming from a background that doesn’t really have much context for being in this position as a classical composer, [from] a really humble family of non-musicians,” Taylor said. “So it really depended on people from the community who saw my interest in music and invested in me to get me where I am today.”
Taylor has some “very vague impressions or ideas” ahead of the start of the program, but he wants to keep an open mind and “go with the flow” and see how things unfold over the course of the season when he meets his fellow Creators Corp works together .
Bielawa is a composer, producer and singer. She received a 2017 Music Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and a 2020 OPERA America Grant for Female Composers, and was the founding Composer-in-Residence and Chief Curator of the Philip Glass Institute at the New School’s College for the Performing Arts.
Cole has been commissioned by the likes of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Time For Three and the Bakken Trio. Her music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and others. Cole is also a member twin pixiean electronic synth-pop duo.
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