The Boston New Music Initiative Announces Winner of Commissioning Competition

Cornell Doctoral Candidate Charles Peck wins fifth annual BNMI composition contest

Online PR News – 09-May-2017 – Boston, MA – The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. (BNMI) announces the winner of its fifth annual Commissioning Competition. Charles Peck ( has been chosen to compose a new work to be premiered in BNMI's 2017-2018 season. His work "Rift and Shade" was ultimately selected by an external panel of composers and music professionals, in a two-round blind judging process.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded a commission from the Boston New Music Initiative,” says winning composer Charles Peck. “I have been anxious to write a new pierrot ensemble piece recently and am honored to be able to write it for such gifted, committed performers. Can't wait to get started!"

The BNMI commissioning competition is held annually, and the winner is awarded a cash prize, and is engaged to compose a new 8-12 minute work for performance by The Boston New Music Initiative. The competition allows the organization to play a supporting role in the creation of an entirely new work, while getting to know composers who are expanding the boundaries of new music. Previous winners include Nicola Straffelini, Travis Alford, and Lonnie Hevia, whose piece “After the Rain” was performed at the BNMI Spring concert, Ars Nexa Tempora (

“BNMI is really excited to be working with Charles Peck,” said Beth Ratay, Director of Concert Series for the Boston New Music Initiative. “His submission for the competition, “Rift & Shade” was a vibrant, dramatic and well crafted work. We are looking forward to working with him and performing his new work in April of 2018.”

Mr. Peck's music has been performed by such ensembles as the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, ensemble mise-en, and the Locrian Chamber players. Among his several awards and accolades, he was recently named the winner of the Lake George Composition Competition (2016). He is currently a doctoral student in composition at Cornell University. Prior to his studies at Cornell, he received a master's degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor's degree at Drexel University.

Two additional compositions were selected for honorable mention: Chen-Yang Xu for "Barbarous Dance," and Charles Halka for "Por la Fuerza las Tierras." The BNMI congratulates all three of these composers.

About BNMI

The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining an international network of composers, performers, conductors, directors, and champions of music in order to generate new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions. Incorporated in 2010, the organization aims to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming. With the Boston region as its center, BNMI continually seeks new ways to engage the community and promote the music of our time.

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