The 17th John Eaton Memorial Competition, a prestigious event in the world of contemporary classical music named for our long-time beloved member, is now closed. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the talented composers and musicians who submitted their entries. Our esteemed competition committee will now convene to review the entries and determine our winner(s). The eagerly awaited results will be posted here on our website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly known as Twitter) on or around August 1st.

Please email any questions regarding the competition or application process to Hubert Howe, Executive Director at

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, August 1, 2024 — Announcement of the winner of the 17th John Eaton Memorial Competition.

  • The reveal of our 2024-2025 Concert Season will be announced sometime in September. Stay tuned, or subscribe below to be the first to know!

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We want to welcome the following composers as new New York Composers Circle members. Each brings a diverse background of experiences and musical eclecticism to our ever-evolving roster of composers, which now stands at 57 active members and two honorary members.

Victor Xie, Alexa Canales, John Wineglass, Galen Brown, Judith Lynn Stillman, Peter Traunmueller, and Yotam Ishay.

Also new to the ranks through complimentary one-year membership are 2023 Honorary Mentions in the John Eaton Memorial Competition Kurt Nelson and Sami Seif, and 2023 Winner of the John Eaton Memorial Competition Will Stackpole.

Welcome to the Circle.

Victor Xie

Alexa Canales

Yotam Ishay

John Wineglass

Galen Brown

Judith Lynn Stillman

Peter Traunmueller

Kurt C. Nelson

Sami Seif

Will Stackpole


Tania León, the 78-year-old Cuban-born composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Friday for her orchestral work Stride. The Pulitzer jury described the 15-minute piece as a "musical journey full of surprise, with powerful brass and rhythmic motifs that incorporate Black music traditions from the U.S. and the Caribbean into a Western orchestral fabric." The two other finalists were Place, by Ted Hearne and Data Lordsby Maria Schneider, both recordings. 

Stride received its world premiere by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center Feb. 13, 2020. The music was born out of Project 19, an ambitious commissioning program where 19 women composers were chosen to write music to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. León's inspiration was Susan B. Anthony, the women's rights activist and a prominent leader in the suffrage movement.

Reached by telephone Friday afternoon at her home in Nyack, N.Y., León said she was the first musician in her poor Havana family. Her success was a dream of her mother and, especially, her grandmother, who suspected that she was interested in music. "They created a dream and I grabbed the dream and went into the world, and here I am," León said.

Continue reading at NPR . . .  

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