YOUNG COMPOSER AWARDS

ICEBERG New Music is pleased to announce the winners of our third annual Young Composer Awards. These awards are intended to reward composers and music-makers of exceptional ability who hail from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

2020-21 Awardees

Madeline Cheng

(Mountain View, CA)

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Emily Singleton

(Gainesville, FL)

Madeline Clara Cheng is a composer, saxophonist, and pianist. She began composing at age 12, and by age 15 was selected as one of five national fellows by Kaufman Music Center’s Luna Composition Lab. Her works have also received top awards and honors from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the American Beethoven Society, the Music Teachers' Association of California, Tribeca New Music, American Composers Forum, the ASCAP Foundation, the Foundation for Modern Music, the Golden Key Music Festival, the Community Music School of Webster University, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and the University of Illinois School of Music. Madeline’s compositions have also been selected for performance by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music, Chamber Project St. Louis, and the Julius Quartet. She is currently mentored by JUNO Award-winning composer Dr. Vivian Fung.

Emily Singleton is a Florida-based violist, composer, and writer. Emily’s work is often written through the lens of identity as the relation between oneself and one’s surroundings—weaving fragments of memories, observations, and experiences into a tapestry of resilience valuing relevance, integrity, and intersectionality. Her work has been described by others as being “lovely and intense,” “extremely colorful,” and “incredibly precise” while “thinking outside the box.” Emily’s music has been presented at ShapeShifter Lab, University of Florida, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Historic Thomas Center, St. Augustine Music Festival, and Petaluma Center for the Arts. She has collaborated with artists and ensembles such as flautist Mimi Stillman, Face the Music, mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland, Gainesville Civic Chorus, Alachua County Youth Orchestra, and World Youth Wind Symphony, as well as been featured by organizations and projects such as New Music Decanted, Para el Pueblo Project, and Fredonia New Music Reading Gathering. Emily’s work has been recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Sacred Music Florida, Foundation for the Promotion of Music, Technology In Music Education Foundation, Music Teachers National Association, Music at the Anthology, and NextNotes. She has also received support from the Ashley Willwerth Memorial Scholarship Foundation, BRASS Ring Karen B. Boling and Colin Kiely Memorial Scholarship, and New Music USA’s New Music Solidarity Fund. As a 2019 William and Martha Paine Orchestral Scholar and member of the Tomari Quartet she recorded Erwin Schulhoff’s 5 Pieces for String Quartet at IPR in summer 2019. Emily studies with Paul Richards, Daniel Felsenfeld, Jorge Peña, and Stephen Fine.

2019-20 Awardees

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Jane Meenaghan

(Los Angeles, CA)

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Sara Stebbins

(New York, NY)

2018-19 Awardees

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Nathaniel Jenkins-Goetz
(New York, NY)
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Khalid Mitchell
(New York, NY)