Visionary Awards

The Composers Now Visionary Award recognizes members of the arts community who, through their own creative practice and advocacy for others, have made a profound, positive and lasting impact on our culture.  Composers Now presents the Visionary Awards each year at the Composers Now Festival Opening Event.


2022 Recipients:

Mary D. Watkins

"Mamie's Lament" from Emmet Till: The Opera
Lucia Bradford, mezzo-soprano

"Pap's Song" from
Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story
Philip Lima, baritone
Andrea Chinedu Nwoke, soprano
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Ng Tian Hui, conductor

Darryl V. Jones, director
(dress rehearsal, April 2014)

David Del Tredici

(video courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes)


2021 Recipient:

Joan Tower

"Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman" (1986)
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra