Beth Morrison Projects is proud to announce

Michael Lanci and Emma O'Halloran

have been chosen to each write a 30-minute vocal work

to premiere in 2019

For more info on the 2019 concert, click here

Michael Lanci is a composer and educator residing in Saratoga Springs, New York. His music is viscerally engaging, stylistically diverse, drawing from a wide range of influences. Recent projects include a collection of five protest songs dedicated to nineteenth century singer-songwriter and labor rights activist Joe Hill. His works have been performed at the Midwest Composers Symposium, Edmont Fringe Festival, Orford Festival, Detroit Bureau of Sound and Vox Novus Festival. He has received commissions from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beyond Pluck, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Klangpar2 and Vive! Ensemble; along with performances by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Hypercube, All of the Above, Duo d’Entre Deux and Decho Ensemble. Michael holds a B.M. in piano performance from SUNY Albany, where he also studied composition with Max Lifchitz and a M.M. in composition from SUNY Fredonia, studying with Rob Deemer. Michael earned his D.M.A. in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati studying with Michael Fiday.

Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer, producer and performer whose work moves freely between acoustic and electronic forces. Emma has written for orchestra, folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, and laptop orchestra. Her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and MATA Festival, and she has collaborated with artists such as Crash Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Emma composes for film and theatre, and performs with her band Games Violet, a duo of producer-performers that make hybrid rock/electronic music. Emma considers much of her music to be reflective, often trying to map real or imagined moments in time to gain a deeper understanding of her own personal experiences. Emma is currently completing a doctorate at Princeton University. When not composing, she can be found hiking, practicing yoga, and flying high on aerial trapeze.

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About the Concert

The March 17, 2018 concert at National Sawdust was led by music directors Lidiya Yankovskaya and David Bloom, with stage direction by Luke Leonard. New-music ensemble Contemporaneous provided its orchestral forces.


The chosen composers for this concert were:

Jessie Downs, Noah Kaplan, Molly Joyce, Michael Lanci,

Matt McBane, Emma O’Halloran, Gemma Peacocke,

Matthew Recio, Daniel Sabzghabaei, and Leaha Maria Villarreal.


These composers hail from across the US, and represent a wide variety of compositional styles. The concert featured the submitted vocal works of each composer. The concert was adjudicated by an assembled panel of classical music luminaries. Panelists include Christopher Koelsch (LA Opera), Missy Mazzoli (composer), Beth Morrison (BMP), Julian Wachner (Trinity Church Wall Street), Ed Yim (American Composers Orchestra).  From the ten composers, the panelists selected two composers to be commissioned to write a 30-minute work (song cycle, one-act opera, or other vocal work). These 30-minute works will premiere in BMP’s 2018-2019 season in a semi-staged concert. Finally, Beth Morrison Projects will choose one of these two composers to receive a commission for a full evening-length operatic work to be developed, produced, premiered, and toured by BMP.

About the Program

BMP: Next Generation is a new initiative to discover the next generation of music-theatre and opera-theatre compositional voices. 72 emerging composers from coast-to-coast submitted vocal works, and ten extraordinary pieces were selected to be featured as a showcase at National Sawdust in Brooklyn in March 2018. Two of those composers have now been commissioned to write 30-minute vocal works. Beth Morrison Projects will choose one of these two finalists to receive a commission for a full evening-length operatic work to be developed, produced, premiered, and toured by BMP.


BMP: Next Generation is funded in part by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation as well as by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Performers include:

Augusta Caso, mezzo-soprano

Amal El-Shrafi, soprano

Maggie Finnegan, soprano

Madeline Healey, soprano

Rosie K, vocalist

Kristin Renee Young, soprano

Bora Yoon, soprano

Abby Hoke-Brady, Lighting Designer

Lianne Arnold, Projections Designer

Madison Lane, Stage Manager

Peter Peregrine and Jack Mankiewicz, Videographers