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The winners of ICEBERG New Music's 2022-23 call for scores have been announced!

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Gala Flagello (Ann Arbor, MI)

for Mother Time, Father Nature

Gala Flagello (b. 1994) is a composer, educator, and nonprofit director whose music has been described as “both flesh and spirit, intensely psychological without sacrificing concrete musical enjoyment” (I Care If You Listen). She is the Festival Director and co-founder of the nonprofit contemporary music festival Connecticut Summerfest. Gala was selected as a 2023 Composition Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, a 2022–2023 Composer Fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, and a 2022 Composition Fellow at Aspen Music Festival. She was awarded the Musicians Club of Women Gerts and Hammond Award (First Prize, 2022 Composition Competition) and was commissioned by Hub New Music to write The Bird-While, a
concerto for Hub New Music and symphonic winds that will be premiered by Michael Haithcock and the University of Michigan Symphony Band in 2023. Other recent commissions include works for the Albany Symphony, the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Keene State College Concert Band, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. Recent accolades include the 2021 Composer Residency at Promenade Opera Project, first prize in the 2020 Sinta Quartet Composition Competition, and the 2020 Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Prize. Gala holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music in Composition degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Please visit for more information.


Robin Haigh (London, United Kingdom)


Irish/British composer Robin Haigh works internationally with leading orchestras, ensembles, and soloists. Described as possessing an “idiomatic and unique compositional approach, blending together styles [...] in a way that feels genuine, honest, real” (What is Metamodern? Journal), Haigh’s output includes the orchestral works SLEEPTALKER (Ivor Novello Award Nominee) and Grin (Ivor Novello Award Winner 2020) written for the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia respectively, ensemble works AESOP 2 (Ivor Novello Nominee) and FILTH for Orchester im Treppenhaus, quadruple trombone concerto THE DREAMERS for Aldeburgh Festival, and the British Composer Award-winning recorder quintet In Feyre Foreste.


Paul Novak (Chicago, IL)

for Interlocutor

The "spellbinding" (Washington Post) music of Chicago-based composer Paul Novak immerses listeners in shimmering and subtly crafted musical worlds full of color, motion, light, and magic. Rejecting grandiose narratives, his work is driven by a love of small things - miniature forms, delicate soundscapes, and condensed ideas - and guided by a sense of empathy for the performers playing his music. Novak was selected for a 2022 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received recent honors from the ASCAP Foundation, Red Note Competition, League of Composers/ISCM, Lake George Music Festival, and National Association of Composers of the USA, among others. In 2020, he was the recipient of the American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood Commission for a new orchestral work that the ACO will premiere in Carnegie Hall; he has also received commissions from ASCAP and Society of Composers, Inc., Music from Copland House, the Boston New Music Initiative, Blackbox Ensemble, and Kinetic Ensemble. Novak was featured in the Washington Post's "23 for '23: Composers and Performers to Watch this Year," where he was praised for his "impressive range and restless energy" in a catalog spanning "lithe, elastic vocal pieces...vibrant orchestral works...and evocative etudes for string quartet." Other recent collaborators include the Austin Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Sandbox Percussion, Ekmeles, Quince Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, LIGAMENT Duo, and Tribeca New Music. Upcoming projects include new works for InfraSound Ensemble, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, and Lynx. Collaboration and interdisciplinarity are at the center of Novak's creative practice, and his recent work has been driven by a passion for working with text, an attunement to the embodied experiences of musicians, and a fascination with collective, social aspects of performance. His work draws inspiration from literature, visual art, dance, and poetry, from biological and astronomical phenomena, and from history and myth. His recent projects have included collaborations with poets, visual artists, dancers, choreographers, and a spoken word artist. Originally from Reno, NV, he completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Chicago, where he studies with Augusta Read Thomas.

2021-22 Winners



Becky Turro (Wantage, NJ)

for Sea Glass

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Johnny MacMillan (New York, NY)

for Time Regained

2019-20 Winners

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Lucy McKnight (Los Angeles, CA)

for Infested

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Jug Markovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

for Poison Comes in Small Bottles

2018-19 Winners



Donna McKevitt (London, England)

For Translucence

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Charles Peck (Philadelphia, PA)

For Kindling


Amy Brandon (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

For Gouging at a Forest Sea

2017-18 Winners


Peter Knell (Los Angeles, CA)

For Intimate Voices.


Camilo Mendez (Cambridge, MA)

For Cartography of Confined Spaces

2016-17 Winners


Nicole Murphy (Australia)

For Untangled



Heather Stebbins (Boston, MA)

For Quiver

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