History

An archives site for the Baltimore Composers Forum can be found at dawnculbertson-bcf.weebly.com/baltimore-composers-forum-archives.html.

Composer Dawn Culbertson, hoping to recreate the camaraderie she experienced while a graduate student at Peabody Conservatory, banded together with five other composers in October 1992 with the idea of forming a group to assist in getting their work heard.

That group, the Baltimore Composers Coalition, held its first concert on May 16, 1993 at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels Great Hall, featuring ten works by seven different composers. Performed were works for piano, harpsichord, recorder, and tape: many of them world premières.

The second concert was programmed a month later, featuring eleven works by eleven different composers. That year saw two more concerts, including one that featured the music of John Cage. It was at this event that our name, the Baltimore Composers Forum, first appeared. These too, were held at St. Michael and All Angels, the first venue of choice for the fledgling organization.

The four 1994 concerts were at St. Michael and All Angels as well, but of the six events in 1995, two were held at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Baltimore.

By 1996, the membership had grown to 50. Each of the five concerts were held at a different venue. That trend continued in 1997, with six performances being held at various locations.

The venues expanded to Goucher College, the Creative Alliance, U.M.B.C., An die Musik and Free Fall Baltimore. In addition, BCF programmed reading sessions as well as collaborations with dance ensembles and choreographers, and was represented twice on Maryland Public Television. In addition, BCF presented works by international composers and had work performed by international ensembles.

As BCF enters its 20th year, the vision of Dawn Culbertson is alive and well and is as forward-looking as ever.

Historical overview was written by George Spicka.