Inside the 2018 Cone Institute

July 24, 2018

Earlier this month, composers Jonathan Cziner, Natalie Dietterich, Aaron Hendrix and Brian Shank embarked on a six-day series of masterclasses, orchestra rehearsals and career-advancement sessions with industry leaders at the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Capping off the week, conductor David Robertson led the NJSO in a performance of the composers’s works—plus a work from Insitute Director Steven Mackey—at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.

Go behind the scenes of the Cone Institute with composer interviews, videos from the week and more.



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Institute Director Steven Mackey shares insight into the Cone Institute experience:

Meet the 2018 Cone Institute composers:

Composer Aaron Hendrix speaks about the value and variety of the Cone Institute’s practical sessions:

Cone Institute composer Johnathan Cziner reacts to the first NJSO rehearsal of his Institute work, Resonant Bells:

Composer Natalie Dietterich talks about the Cone Institute’s New York City sessions with Boosey & Hawkes, New Music USA and WQXR/New Sounds:

Composer Brian Shank reflects on the unique creative process that unfolds at the Cone Institute:

» See photos from the week on Instagram.



This year’s Institute culminated [July 14] in a public performance of four new one-movement works at Richardson Auditorium to an audience which has continued to grow over the five years of the Institute. Composers Jonathan Cziner, Brian Shank, Aaron Hendrix, and Natalie Dietterich spent last week in Princeton receiving an invaluable experience and education as a huge stepping stone in already successful careers.

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