Sylvia Goldstein Awards

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2017 Sylvia Goldstein Award co-winner Zibuokle Martinaityte in Copland's studio during one of her 2018 residency

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

Eligible composers should complete and submit the brief application form online and accessible below, with required score and recording, by 11.59pm on the deadline date, as noted above. A score should be submitted now, even if previously sent, in compliance with our Residency agreement. MIDI realizations are acceptable, but not recommended, if live or studio recordings do not exist.



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

Zibuokle Martinaityte (2017)

the blue of distance
Jury: Pierre Jalbert, Morton Subotnick, Richard Wilson

Christopher Stark (2017)

Spring Music
Jury: Pierre Jalbert, Morton Subotnick, Richard Wilson

Tom Cipullo (2012)

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

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

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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