This show is part of Hildegard Month at National Sawdust, held throughout June to celebrate the essential contributions of women to music both past and present.
This concert celebrates the winning composers of the Hildegard Competition, National Sawdust’s inaugural competition to support emerging women and non-binary composers. Out of 140 submissions, three composers were chosen as winners: Emma O’Halloran (Ireland), X. Lee, (Los Angeles), and Kayla Cashetta (San Francisco/Bay Area). After receiving mentorship from the judges of the Hildegard Competition, composers Angélica Negrón, Du Yun, and Paola Prestini, these three composers will debut the world premieres of National Sawdust commissioned works for chamber ensemble and electronics with the Refugee Orchestra Project, led by conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya.
The concert will also feature works by runners up of the Hildegard Competition: Akshaya Tucker, Alexis Bacon, Amy Brandon, Camila Agosto, and Diana Soh.
In addition to mentorship and this evening’s live performance, the three winners of the Hildegard Competition will receive a $7,000 cash prize and a professional performance recording.
The Hildegard Competition is made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.