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Society for New Music commissions Wanamaker

Gregory Wanamaker D. MUS., a professor at Crane School of Music, has been commissioned by the Society for New Music in Syracuse to compose a new work. The Society for New Music received a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Grant. Wanamaker's new work will be scored for a large chamber consisting of flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass, violin, cello, piano and percussion to be presented collaboratively with a video created by visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. The composer, will conduct free workshops at area universities and education centers. The new musical work will be scored for a large chamber ensemble and Wanamaker will conduct free workshops at area education centers in conjunction with its premiere.

Wanamaker is a professor of composition and theory at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, where he has taught composition, theory, counterpoint and literature since 1997.

A native of Skaneateles, Wanamaker first came in contact with the Society for New Music in 1994 when founding members Neva Pilgrim, a soprano celebrated for her work in the performance of contemporary classical music, and clarinetist David Abrams performed his "Mid-Winter Waking" at two of their summer concerts.

More information about his music, gregorywanamaker.com.

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