Mission Statement

COPLAND HOUSE is dedicated to nurturing and renewing America’s musical heritage, and to fostering greater public awareness and appreciation of our nation’s composers and their work. Building upon Aaron Copland’s seminal artistic and personal legacies, we further this mission through composer residencies; live, broadcast, and recorded performances; and educational and community outreach programs.

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February 18, 2023

2023 CULTIVATE Fellows Named

6 composers from 5 states chosen from over 130 applicants.

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December 17, 2022


Newest installment of 6-program online series premieres new works from CULTIVATE 2022.

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October 22, 2022


6 composers from 5 states have been chosen from 180 applicants for CH’s 2022 Residency Awards.

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June 4, 2022


6-program virtual series returns to premiere new works from CULTIVATE 2021.

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Now at Copland House

Currently in residence here at Copland House is David T. Little. David explores the potential of musical and theatrical forms to pose philosophical and political questions, as can be seen and heard in his widely-acclaimed opera and music theater works: Dog Days, JFK, Vinkensport (all with librettist Royce Vavrek), What Belongs to You, Soldier Songs, and his recent Black Lodge (libretto by Anne Waldman). He has also worked with several producers to create boundary-breaking film operas, including a cinematic version of Soldier Songs, nominated this year for a Grammy Award. His music has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater new works program, Kennedy Center, Baltimore and New World Symphonies, London Sinfonietta, The Crossing, Kronos Quartet, and Beth Morrison Projects, and presented by Carnegie Hall, Holland Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opéra de Montréal, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. The founding artistic director of the ensemble Newspeak, he was composer-in-residence of the Opera Philadelphia/Music Theater Group, and currently chairs the composition department at the New School’s Mannes College of Music. His works can be heard on the New Amsterdam, Pentatone, Sono Luminus, Bright Shiny Things, and National Sawdust Tracks labels.

Next Events

Monday, May 1, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Epic Vistas, Lonesome Roads

Elebash Hall, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY

Five brilliant composers on real or imagined journeys across America’s vast, variegated landscape. From the California desert, to the Chicago River, to a Hawaiian volcano, this program explores the many sounds encountered on a freewheeling drive across the U.S.

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Monday, June 12, 2023 at 7:30 PM


Elebash Hall, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY

Six World Premieres by our 2023 Emerging Composer Fellows which Copland House has commissioned especially for this program. Featuring new works by Henry Dorn, Seare Farhat, Oswald Huỳnh, Maya Miro Johnson, Grace Ann Lee, and Max Vinetz.

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NPR Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert

All-Copland instrumental program, direct from his beloved studio, with MCH artists performing selections from the Duo for Flute and Piano, Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Three Moods for Piano.

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Copland: Through 1942

This American classic includes Copland's first-person recollections, Vivian Perlis' vivid commentary, and ...