Discover America Competition

The Chicago Ensemble has always been devoted to the discovery and encouragement of American composers. Our Discover America competition receives submissions from composers all over the country. Winning entries are performed at special and regular season concerts of The Chicago Ensemble. This program encourages composers at all stages of their careers, giving them much-needed opportunities to have their works performed, as well as bringing unfamiliar and sometimes challenging works to Chicago chamber music audiences.

Discover America VIII

Voice and instruments:

  • Michael Betteridge, First Time He Kissed Me, for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • Melissa Dunphy, Tesla’s Pigeon, for soprano and piano
  • Michael-Thomas Foumai, Songs of the Kisaeng, for soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
  • Ted Moore, Three Songs, for soprano and piano
  • Mark Zuckerman, Menagerie, for soprano, flute, and piano

Instruments without voice:

  • Drasko Adzic, Wood, Needle, String, Bones, for flute and piano
  • Patrick Castillo, Incident, for cello and piano
  • Gilad Cohen, Ten Variations, for oboe, string quartet, and piano
  • Robert Cohen, Five Nights in Sofia, for violin and piano
  • Sungji Hong, Bisbiglio, for flute, clarinet, and piano
  • Wendy Lee, My Cagey Companions, for violin, viola, cello, and piano
  • Mei-Fang Lin, L’image Reconstituée, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
  • Marc Satterwhite, Memento Mori 3: Ribbons on the Memory Wall, for clarinet, violin, and piano
  • Jonathan Russell, Piano Trio, for violin, cello, and piano
  • Roger Zare, Irlandzki Polonez, for oboe, violin, cello, and piano

Discover America VII

  • Ted Goldman: Scrudge (2009), for violin, cello and piano
  • Alexandra Gardner: Crows (1998), for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
  • Gregg Kallor: Exhilaration (2007), for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • Clint Needham: Five Movements (2007), for woodwind quintet
  • Scott Wheeler: Trio No. 2 (Camera Dances)(1996, rev 1999), for violin, cello and piano
  • Roger Zare: Sonata (Beautiful Savior) (2008) (world premiere), for violin and piano

Discover America VI

  • Eric Moe: Time Will Tell (1996), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and piano. Moe's A Whirling and a Wandering Fire (1986) for flute, clarinet and piano, was a winner in the Discover America I competition.
  • Ursula Kwong-Brown: La Poesia (2004), for soprano, cello and piano
  • Christopher Dietz: Trio (2005), for clarinet, cello and piano
  • Peter Knell: Collage (2005), for string quartet and piano

Discover America V

  • Stefan Weisman: From Frankenstein (2002), for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Discover America IV

  • James Barry: Songs of Issa (1999), for soprano and piano
  • Randall Bauer: Catch in the Turn (1999), for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
  • Robert Carl: The Villa of the Mysteries (1997), for flute, violin, cello, and piano
  • Stephen Hartke: The Horse With the Lavender Eye (1997), for clarinet, violin and piano
  • Andrey Komanetsky: Twelve Preludes (2000), for violin, cello, and piano
  • Mei-Fang Lin: Four Movements (1995), for clarinet and piano
  • David Macbride: El regreso (1999), for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • Lansing McCloskey: Wild Bells (1999), for viola and piano
  • Robert Maggio: The Riddle (1999), for clarinet, violin and piano
  • Robert Paterson: Thursday (1999), for soprano and piano
  • Dmitri Tymoczko: Five Cummings Songs (1994), for soprano and piano

Discover America III

  • Darlene Cowles Mitchell: O Felix Anima (1995), for soprano, flute, clarinet and piano
  • Joseph Pehrson: Exhilarations (1993), for clarinet, cello and piano
  • Martin Rokeach: North Beach Rhapsody (1991), for clarinet and piano
  • Andrew Waggoner: The Big White Medicine Wheel (1995), for clarinet, cello and piano

Discover America II

  • Delvyn Case: Variations (1994), for cello and piano
  • Anthony Cornicello: Triple Play (1994), for flute, cello and piano
  • Stephen Hartke: The King of the Sun (1988), for violin, viola, cello and piano
  • Dan Locklair: In the Almost Evening (1983), for soprano, clarinet and piano
  • Eugenio Rodrigues: Les Nympheas (1992), for violin, cello and piano
  • Andrew Rindfleisch: Trio (1993), for violin, cello and piano
  • David Evan Thomas: Many Happy Returns (1987), for clarinet, violin and piano
  • David Vayo: Wings (1993), for cello and piano
  • Michael Zajonc: Rondo (1993), for violin and piano

Discover America I

  • Lawrence Axelrod: March and Fuga/Quodlibet from To Be Danced (1988), for violin, cello and piano
  • Benjamin Broening: De Profundis (1991), for violin, cello and piano
  • Robert Carl: Birds and Flowers (1990), for flute and piano
  • Tamar Diesendruck: Three songs (1991), for soprano and piano
  • Judith Dvorkin: Marpessa: A Myth, for soprano, clarinet and piano
  • Kevin Malone: Manhattan Captive (1991), for violin, viola, cello and piano
  • Eric Moe: A Whirling and a Wandering Fire (1986), for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Scott Anthony Shell: Finale from Taylor-Made Duet (1989), for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Jeffrey Stadelman: Friction Oracle (1991), for violin and piano
  • Jan Swafford: They Who Hunger (1990), for violin, viola, cello and piano
  • Su Lian Tan: By Leaps and Bounds (1991), for cello and piano
  • Ronn Yedidia: Black Snow (1986), for flute, clarinet and piano