Sylvia Goldstein Awards

Application postmark deadline: July 21


Ray Lustig in residence at Copland House

Ray Lustig in residence at Copland House

The Sylvia Goldstein Award was created in 2003 to help support the recording or performance of an outstanding work written at least in part at Copland House by a Copland House Residency Awards' composer. The prize is now given in odd-numbered years, and consists of a cash award of up to $7,000. Named to honor the longtime Boosey & Hawkes executive and her lifelong devotion to assisting composers, the award was created through a major bequest by Ms. Goldstein to the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and is implemented and administered by Copland House. The sole criterion for the award is the artistic quality of the submitted compositions, as reviewed by a rotating panel of eminent musicians.

Eligibility and Deadlines

Only recipients of the Copland House Residency Awards are eligible. Compositions in any medium begun, worked on, completed, and/or orchestrated during Copland House residencies may be submitted. Composers will be allowed to apply with only ONE composition of their choice per residency, even if they may have worked on several while at Copland House.

Application Process

Application form (Download PDF)

Eligible composers should submit the brief application form and one completed score by the postmark deadline, July 21. Composers are very strongly encouraged to include a recording (compact disc only) of this work. MIDI realizations are acceptable, but not recommended, if live or studio recordings do not exist. Composers who have already sent a completed score (and recording), in compliance with their residency agreements, should submit only the application form.


The precise type of support (either performance or recording) most beneficial and appropriate to the work chosen will be determined in consultation with the composer. Award funds will be paid directly to the recording company or performing artist or ensemble. In many instances, this award will not cover the entire costs of performance or recording; it is intended to recognize outstanding works, stimulate interest in them, and champion their dissemination. Award funds will be held for up to five years from notification of the award. For further information, contact us.

Previous Winners

Tom Cipullo (2012)

America, 1968
Jury: Tania Leon, Joan Tower, Richard Wilson

No award (2010 & 2011)

David Schober (2009)

Empty Shells
Jury: Sebastian Currier, Alvin Singleton, and Steven Stucky

Allen Shearer (2008)

Three Lyrics
Jury: Richard Danielpour, Daron Hagen, and Tania Leon

Gregg Wramage (2007)

La tristesse durera for orchestra
Jury: Chen Yi, Tania Leon, Steven Stucky

Eric Chasalow (2006)

Flute Concerto
Jury: Richard Danielpour, Paul Moravec, and Zhou Long

No award (2005)

Dan Coleman (2004)

L'alma respira for orchestra; James Grant, Such Was the War for baritone, chorus, and orchestra
Jury: Martin Bresnick, Bright Sheng, and Joan Tower

Donald Crockett (2003)

Cascade for orchestra; Honorable Mention: Pierre Jalbert, Les éspaces infinis
Jury: John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Ned Rorem

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