American Composers Forum


American Composers Forum invites you for a night of new music by the winners of the NextNotes High School Composition Award program! Emceed by Tesfa Yohannes Wondemagegnehu, you’ll get to know the future of new music and the young artists who create it. The diverse musical offerings will be performed by professional musicians from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area as well as by the winners themselves.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your seat(s) by emailing or making a donation at the ticket link provided below.

Saturday, June 22 7:30pm

Run Time: 1 hr, followed by a reception

NextNotes composers and their work:
Olivia Bennett (Nixa, MO): Cryptic for saxophone quartet
Tyson Davis (Raleigh, NC): String Quartet No. 1
Janelle Finton (Wheeling, IL): Right Here for vocal jazz sextet
Maya Miro Johnson (Salt Lake City, UT): all that is solid for piano, oboe, horn, violin, viola, and tap dancer
Charlie Meenaghan (Los Angeles, CA): fantasia on rain for flute/piccolo, viola, and percussion
Chaoran Zhang (Interlochen, MI): Boshi’s Rhapsody for flute, guitar, violins, viola, and cello

This showcase is the culmination of the winners’ time with NextNotes mentors Carol Barnett, Josh Clausen, and PaviElle French and all other activities associated with the NextNotes program. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception celebrating our 5th anniversary season! Learn more about the NextNotes composers at

We hope you can join us (and stay for the reception)! For those not local, the event will also be streamed via Facebook Live.

ASL interpreters available if requested in advance.

**Seating is limited, so please reserve your seat(s) by emailing or by making a donation to ACF via the ticket link provided below**

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