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.

Latest News

October 4, 2019

MCH and The Graduate Center, CUNY Launch New Series

Concerts championing 150 years of American music begin this fall.

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August 2, 2019

2019 Copland House Residency Awards Announced

Twelve highly-gifted American composers from ten states have been chosen for the 2019 Copland House Residency Awards. For a list of the new Residents …

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January 26, 2019


Copland House has announced the three women and three men selected as Fellows to participate in CULTIVATE 2019, chosen from 80 applicants in 23 states, Puerto Rico, and 1 Canadian province.

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December 3, 2018


Music from Copland House Principal Violinist Curtis Macomber and Founding Pianist Michael Boriskin appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, as part of the nationally-telecast program’s regular Almanac feature. Hosted by Jane Pauley, the segment marked Copland’s passing in 1990, and included a brief profile of Copland’s career, referenced Copland House, and an live, in-studio performance of […]

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Music from Copland House continues its inaugural concert series at The Graduate Center, CUNY — Monday eve, Feb. 3. Read more …

Now at Copland House

Lembit Beecher returns to Copland House for his second residency. He grew up under the redwoods in Santa Cruz, California, a few miles from the wild Pacific. Since then, he has lived in Boston, Houston, Ann Arbor, Berlin, New York, and Philadelphia, earning degrees from Harvard, Rice, and the University of Michigan. This varied background has made him particularly sensitive to place, ecology, memory, and the multitude of ways in which people tell stories. Noted for his collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary projects, he has served as Composer-in-Residence of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. Recent premieres include Say Home for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Conference of the Birds for A Far Cry, One Hundred Years Grows Shorter over Time for the Juilliard String Quartet, and Sky on Swings for Opera Philadelphia, starring Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson. Many of his latest projects incorporate nontraditional elements into opera, symphonic works, and chamber music, including Baroque instruments, sampled interviews, animation, and electronically-controlled sound sculptures.

Next Events

Monday, February 3 at 7:30 PM


Mystical journeys – real, imagined, and spiritual – coursing through sound and time, hereditary history and the Scottish highlands, and an ancient Egyptian guide to the after-life. New York Premieres of works by Flannery Cunningham, Sebastian Currier, and Kevin Puts.

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY

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Friday, February 28 at 7:30 PM

Migration Tales

Works inspired by ancestral roots by Gabriela Lena Frank, David Schiff, Reena Esmail, Saad Haddad, and Angel Lam. Part of a Music from Copland House residency at Dickinson College, 2/25-28.

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA

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Monday, February 3 at 7:30 PM


Mystical journeys – real, imagined, and spiritual. New York Premieres of works by Flannery Cunningham, Sebastian Currier, and Kevin Puts.

The Graduate Center, CUNY
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Copland: Through 1942

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