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The Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music
Dina Koston
Established by composer/pianist Dina Koston, who named the fund after her husband, psychiatrist Roger Shapiro, the Roger Shapiro Fund is a new fund for commissioning, performance and recording of New Music. Ms. Koston intended the fund to promote music in the Western modernist tradition.

The Roger Shapiro Fund is concerned with:

–new music, not limited by geographical region
–education in music, composition, and international outreach
–promoting further knowledge and appreciation of the music of founder Dina Koston.

Connecting Composers

The Roger Shapiro Fund aims to arrange for composers to collaborate with organizations, particularly presenting organizations and performing ensembles that have built a sizeable audience or are implementing creative strategies to gain an audience for new music.


It is very important to us at the Roger Shapiro Fund that music education and the creation of new music be a priority for each new generation! We foster opportunities for young people to study and perform new music, study composition and present their own compositions. We are particularly interested in promoting international musical studies and exchanges in the hope that broader, deeper musical and cultural connections will lead young people to a greater understanding of what unifies us as inhabitants of the globe.

Reaching New Audiences

In addition to traditional concert venues, the Roger Shapiro Fund is interested in developing new ways for new music to reach people, including radio, television & internet, recording projects, new music in public spaces, real or virtual and innovative collaborations with other arts disciplines.

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    TVT Lafcadio Hearn Project: Readings with Music

    Grant Year: 2023
    Performers: Satoko Inoue, piano, John McLachlan, narrator
    Composers: Akemi Naito, John McLachlan, Yugi Itoh, Paul Hayes
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    TVT: Artist Activist Diana Wege and Earth Requiem at St. Mark's

    Grant Year: 2023
    Composers: Errollyn Wallen, Sophy Him, Eve Beglarian, Jeff Beal
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    Ah, Let's Go Back to the Village

    Grant Year: 2020
    Performers: Oren Fader, Dan Lippel, William Anderson, Daniel Conant, Kevin Gallagher, John Chang, Adam Negrin, Federico Diaz, Noam Beili, Peter Argondizza, Liz Hogg, Francisco Roldan, Roberto Meza, Edison Pereira, Kyle Miller, Katherine Perleman, Alex DeSalvo, Diego Andrade, Jack Ward, Soprano Elizabeth Farnum Soprano Sharon Harms
    Composers: David Amram, Frank Brickle, Reyes Oteo, Akiva Daniel, Gene Pritsker, Victoria Bond, Gary Philo, Mark Delpriora, Richard Cameron Wolfe, Damon Ferrante, Richard Festinger, William Anderson, Klaus Ager, David Glaser, Harold Meltzer, Elie Yarden, Patrick Grant, Akemi Naito




Poet, Playwright, Journalist Lennox Raphael, Dead at 84

Controversial poet and playwright Lennox Raphael died yesterday at the age of 84 in Denmark where he had been hospitalized with a prolonged illness, reports composer Carman Moore, Raphael’s friend and collaborator. While most of his years in Denmark …

"Casa Batlló", Harold Meltzer's Latest Work

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Martin Boykan and Richard Festinger Harmonic Movement and Backgrounds

26 October 2023
In progress… Yesterday at Oktaven Studios in Mount Vernon, New York, Cygnus recorded Martin Boykan’s “Diptych” and Richard Festinger’s “Hidden Spring”. Some notes on Boykan, HERE. Those comments mostly about …

Scott Johnson & how he gives us a feeling for where we are in his structure

24 September 2023
Taking up Bowery Haunt again with Oren Fader has led to a continual stream of quiddities emerging from the experience of the music. Talking about them makes them seem abstract, but these are visceral. I am only interested in the visceral – what …

What Scott Knew notes on Scott Johnson's "Bowery Haunt"

11 August 2023
Sept 14 T h e V i l l a g e T r i p GuitarFest 1 In Memory of Scott Johnson at Loft393 will include Scott’s Bowery Haunt (2005). Eventbrite Tickets –> I don’t know what …