Three composers of color were chosen to participate in the Chicago Philharmonic's Composer in Residence program, a 3-year residency with a cumulative award of $2,500 per candidate. Each composer will present a newly composed chamber work and a newly composed symphonic work during the Residence program.
The program was open to American composers between the ages of 20-40 as of March 31, 2021. 27 applicants representing 13 states were considered for the residency.
This year's selected candidates were 32-year-old Jonathan Bingham, 36-year-old Reinaldo Moya, and 29-year-old Marcus Norris.
A graduate of Howard University and New York University, Bingham is known for his compositions in film and advertisements, using electronic and acoustic instrumentation in his works.
A protege of Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser at the Juilliard School, Moya's music has been performed internationally in various conservatories and music festivals. A former teacher at Interlochen Arts Camp, he currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.
Currently a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, Norris was previously chosen for the LA Philharmonic’s National Composers Intensive and was awarded 1st Prize in the Southeastern Composers League Competition in 2017.