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Alex Freeman Awarded Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

May 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music.  The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.

Freeman’s music has garnered acclaim from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in the United States and abroad, particularly in Finland, where he studies as a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and where he continues to create new works and research on Finnish music. Recordings of his music have been released by Albany Records, innova Recordings, and Navona Records, including, most recently, a CD of his complete piano works by Albany Records entitled “Inner Voice;” a recording of his chamber work from Parma Recordings entitled, “Blueshift;” and internationally acclaimed recordings of his choral works by The HOL Choir and Tapiola Children’s Choir.

Freeman has degrees from the Juilliard School, Boston University, and The Eastman School of Music. Freeman resides in Northfield. For more information, please visit his website at

The American Composers Forum is committed to supporting composers and developing new markets for their music. Founded in 1973 as the Minnesota Composers Forum, the organization has grown from an innovative regional initiative into one of the nation’s premier composer service organizations. ACF boasts a worldwide membership of 1,700 artists, organizations and community members. The Forum is proud to administer these programs on behalf of the McKnight Foundation and offers its congratulations to all the recipients. More information at