G. Schirmer & Associated Music Publishers, part of Wise Music Group, is proud to announce Jungyoon Wie as the recipient of the 2022 G. Schirmer Prize for the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM). This award pays tribute to the invaluable work of Gabriela Lena Frank and further advances our mutual vision of fostering young composers' growth and advancement in the field, with an emphasis on supporting underrepresented populations.
Inaugurated in 2019, the G. Schirmer Prize offers recognition and mentorship for select works by composers who have taken part in either GLFCAM or Luna Composition Lab, another mentorship program founded by Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid. The G. Schirmer Prize offers mentorship from publishing industry professionals, networking opportunities, and a cash prize to composers from these programs on an annual basis. The previous recipients are Joanna McDonald, KiMani Bridges, Aeryn Santillan, and Azalea Twining.
“GLFCAM is a family to me. As an immigrant, I had a hard time finding communities that made me feel a sense of belonging. When I went to GLFCAM for the first time as a composition fellow, it was perhaps the first time I didn’t have to worry about fitting in. The artists and composers I met there had such different backgrounds from one another. A lot of them identified themselves as misfits, just like I did for myself. Ironically, being together with other misfits made me feel like I belonged. This really empowered my creativity and restored faith in my composing work and art. I’m honored to receive the G. Schirmer Prize, and I have gratitude for G. Schirmer’s support of my artistic work.”
“I am so happy that the Wise Music Group, which transformed my life as an emerging composer nearly twenty years ago, has extended this recognition of the Schirmer Prize to Jungyoon Wie. From the moment she first became part of the family at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Jungyoon has been a charismatic force. Her music is inventive and gorgeous as she beautifully exemplifies the composer as a cultural witness. I consider her a necessary voice in today's trying times. My hearty congratulations to both Jungyoon and my colleagues at the Wise Music Group for this award!"
-Gabriela Lena Frank
“The choice of Jungyoon for this year's Schirmer Prize was instantly unanimous. We were intrigued and impressed by Jungyoon's variety of very personal expressive ideas heard across her repertoire partnered with a fresh inquisitiveness and established fine compositional skills.”
-Peggy Monastra, Senior Promotion Advisor for G. Schirmer, Inc.
About Jungyoon Wie
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jungyoon Wie is a composer, educator, and pianist based in San Francisco. Themes of identity have been the center of her compositional journey; Songs of My Grandmother (2021) for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, was her first attempt to write a musical biography drawing from her own family history and the cultural, musical, and religious influences she had growing up in Korea. This project was preceded by her string quartet Han (2019), made in collaboration with filmmaker Toko Shiiki. Han explores shifting dynamics of identity, otherness, and the marginalized experience of women by using expressive modalities from Korean, European, American, and contemporary backgrounds. Her most recent project is Watercolor Smudge (2021), which was premiered by the Korean National Symphony Orchestra on May 29, 2022; Wie uses the orchestra to render her experience of trial and error in the watercolor medium.
A recipient of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Wie has had the privilege of collaborating with wonderful artists and organizations including A Far Cry, the Del Sol String Quartet, Spring Wind Quintet (Hawaii), Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, CityMusic Cleveland, American Composers Forum, Wildflower Composers, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM), the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. In 2020, Wie received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Michigan.
The mission of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, founded in 2017 by Frank, is fourfold:
1. To inspire emerging composers to create self-determined artistic lives through mentorship, readings with master performers, and hands-on practicums addressing the creative habit in the intimate and eco-conscious setting of Gabriela's two farms in Boonville, CA; to create a support structure for alumni of our programs that entails commissions and seed funds for collaborations with one another.
2. To honor essential civic initiatives: Connecting guest musicians and composer fellows with a local small rural community; encouraging composer fellows to strategize and realize their own potential citizenship in low arts access areas; encouraging the efforts of composers hailing from diverse backgrounds.
3. To practice climate citizenship, acting meaningfully to address the current environmental crisis, and to equip emerging composers with the skill set to make music ethically.
4. To document the stories and teachings of the Academy for video dissemination for the widest audience possible.
About G. Schirmer & Associated Music Publishers
Part of Wise Music Group's international network of publishing houses, G. Schirmer, Inc. is the oldest continuously active North American classical music publisher. Through its network of publishing houses, including Chester Music, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Alphonse Leduc, and Novello, the Group represents works by many of the most important creators from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Abrahamsen, Aucoin, Barber, Catán, Corigliano, Dennehy, Dorman, Du Yun, Einaudi, Ellington, Fenton, Frank, Ives, Lieberson, Lutoslawski, Menotti, Mazzoli, Muhly, Musgrave, Saariaho, Salonen, Snider, Sheng, Tan Dun, and Tavener. The company continues to be a driving force in classical music.