Music Now

Newsletter of the Southeastern Composers’ League



  September, 2001                                                                                                                                                      Volume 26, Number 3



Ballot 2001


President: Donna Kelly Eastman

Vice President: Richard Montalto

Treasurer: Leonard “Chic” Ball

Secretary: Betty Wishart


Please send your ballot to:

 James Guthrie, Editor, Music Now

105 Sycamore Road, Franklin, VA 23851 -or- e-mail at


Membership and Dues Information


Membership in the Southeastern Composers’ League is open to all composers residing in the southeastern United States (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) who have demonstrated a seriousness of purpose and basic competence in scoring for orchestra or chamber ensemble. Associate membership is open to any non-composer or institution interested in the objectives of the League. Student Composer Membership is open to all undergraduate or graduate students who are located in the Southeast or who are studying with an SCL Member Composer. Associate and Student Composer members may participate in most of the League’s activities.

2002 Dues should be received by 1 January 2002

Composer - $30.00, Associate - $20.00, Student - $10.00


Please make your check payable to Southeastern Composers’ League and send it to Leonard Ball. See the reverse side for his address.

Are your dues current?

Check the year printed on your mailing label: it reflects the year through which your dues are current.


News of Members


Jon Grier would like to invite everyone to visit his new website at It is primarily a catalogue of his works, with a description of each one and the information necessary to obtain a copy. There is also a page describing his recently completed CD of string quartets, performed by the Ceruti Quartet of the University of Memphis. The CD is being distributed through the website and through Shar Products Company.


Orlando Jacinto Garcia


During 2000-2001 Orlando Jacinto García was the recipient of 3 composition prizes for his music.  In the fall of 2000 he received first prize in the Nuevas Resonancias competition in Mexico.  His work, fragmentos del pasado (fragments of the past), for guitar and string quartet was awarded the prize which includes the premiere performance, a cash award, recording on CD, and publishing.  The work is scheduled for premiere in August by guitarist Manuel Alcantara and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the International Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  In early 2001 García received first prize in the Joyce Dutka Foundation Composition Competition in the category of music for orchestra.  In addition to a cash prize, García's work, fragmentos de la noche (night fragments), for solo cello was premiered by Maya Beiser for whom it was written as part of the awards concert held in May at the Theatre of the Riverside Church in New York.  In the spring of 2001 García's work, Paisaje del Sonido II (Soundscape II) for contrabass, string quartet and 3 performers playing glasses and chimes was awarded first prize from among 280 entries in the Sal Martirano composition competition held by the University of Illinois.  In addition to a cash prize García will be conducting a performance of the work in September at the University of Illinois where he will be presenting lectures on his music.  The work was originally premiered in February of 2000 by bassist Luis Gomez Imbert and the Miami String Quartet and has since been performed several times by other performers including a recent performance by bassist Bertram Turetzky and faculty performers at the University of California in San Diego.


García's music again received numerous performances during 2000-2001 in concerts and at festivals throughout the world.  In addition to a variety of performances in the US including a November concert of his music in South Florida sponsored by the Cintas Foundation and featuring the Cuarteto Latinoamericano and bassist Luis Gomez Imbert, selected foreign and world premiere performances include, fragmentos romanos (Roman fragments), premiered in November at the Festival Latinoamericano de Musica in Caracas, Venezuela by the Juilliard based Continuum ensemble, Tango para Yvar, performed in December as part of the Encuentros Festival in Buenos Aires, Music for Berlin, performed in February by the Continuum group in Toronto, vientos en la distancia, for 2 clarinets, piano, and strings premiered in March at the International Music Festival in Salamanca, Spain with the composer conducting, and Images of Wood and Wire, performed several times in May at the International New Music Festival in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Upcoming international world premieres later this summer include those in Italy, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and France. 


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