Composer Patrick Andrew Thompson

Announcing the Winner of the

15th John Eaton Memorial Competition

We were very fortunate to have many fine works to choose from this year, making the task of selecting one that stood out more difficult. However, we are happy to announce the winning selection of the 15th John Eaton Memorial Competition is Moments Sweep Past for soprano, cello, and piano by composer Patrick Andrew Thompson. We are also happy to award honorable mentions to Matīss Čudars for his work Drive for solo piano, and to Jeremy Gill for his Quartet for Oboe and Strings.

The winning work will receive a performance on a concert during the upcoming season (TBA), which is the 20th Anniversary Concert Season of NYCC, and all three composers will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the New York Composers Circle.

Congratulations to all of the composers who submitted to our contest this year on your exellent works, and especially to our winner and honorable mentions. We look forward to the performance of Mr. Thompson’s work. Stay tuned for next year’s 16th John Eaton Memorial Competition to be announced sometime in January 2023.

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We would like to welcome the following composers as new members of the New York Composers Circle. Each brings a diverse background of experiences to our ever-evolving roster of composers.

Sam Bishoff, Davide Capobianco, Matīss Čudars, Jeremy Gill, Todd Mason, and John Eaton Memorial Competition Winner, Patrick Thompson.

Welcome to the Circle!

Sam Bishoff

Davide Capobianco

Matīss Čudars

Jeremy Gill

Todd Mason

Patrick Thompson


Tania León, the 78-year-old Cuban-born composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Friday for her orchestral work Stride. The Pulitzer jury described the 15-minute piece as a "musical journey full of surprise, with powerful brass and rhythmic motifs that incorporate Black music traditions from the U.S. and the Caribbean into a Western orchestral fabric." The two other finalists were Place, by Ted Hearne and Data Lordsby Maria Schneider, both recordings. 

Stride received its world premiere by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center Feb. 13, 2020. The music was born out of Project 19, an ambitious commissioning program where 19 women composers were chosen to write music to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. León's inspiration was Susan B. Anthony, the women's rights activist and a prominent leader in the suffrage movement.

Reached by telephone Friday afternoon at her home in Nyack, N.Y., León said she was the first musician in her poor Havana family. Her success was a dream of her mother and, especially, her grandmother, who suspected that she was interested in music. "They created a dream and I grabbed the dream and went into the world, and here I am," León said.

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