Next Music Project

  • The consortium is open NOW!
  • $350 buy-in for three works by composers with diverse perspectives
  • The Next Music Project aims to be accessible to all musicians, particularly beginning and developing ensembles.
  • Commissioned works will be released via PDF around the end of September.
  • Performance exclusivity through December 19th, 2023
  • Direct questions to Michael Kasper or Joni Greene


Joni Greene

Grade 2

Joni Greene's music is described as "rich, colorful, and expressive" drawing inspiration from the Earth's expansive landscapes and the cosmos. Her music has been performed at prominent festivals, conferences, and concerts throughout the United States and in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China and Australia. Her diverse catalog includes works for band, choir, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and chamber opera. Notable awarded prizes include the 2nd and 3rd Frank Ticheli competition, ASCAP/Lotte Lehman "Damien Top" Prize, and the ACC Band Directors Association Emerging Artist Grant. Recordings of her works, The Moon Glistens and Glow are available through Klavier Music Productions, featuring the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble with conductor Paul W. Popiel. Ms. Greene holds MM and BM degrees from Indiana University.

Ivette Herryman Rodriguez

Grade 1.5

Ivette Herryman Rodríguez holds a B.M in Music Composition from the Instituto Superior de Artes, in Havana, a M.M in Music Composition from Baylor University, and a M.M in Music Theory and D.M.A in Music Composition from Michigan State University.

Ivette’s music has been described as "absolutely exquisite" and "breathtakingly beautiful" (Kevin Noe-Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the UMKC Conservatory of Music). She is the composer of a bestseller piece for women’s choir, and the winner, among other awards, of a Cubadisco Special Award, a Chamber Music America grant, and a Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition. Ivette’s most recent commissions include new works for HAVEN Trio, All-State Florida Symphony Orchestra, and ConTempus Quartet. Recent prominent performances of her music include the performances of her Danzón a mi manera by the Youth Orchestra of LA (YOLA) and the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl respectively, under conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.


Aaron Perrine

Grade 1

With works in a variety of genres, Aaron Perrine's music has been performed by some of the leading ensembles and soloists across the United States and beyond. He is a two-time winner of the American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award for his compositions: Only Light in 2015 and Pale Blue on Deep in 2013. Only Light—commissioned by the University of Iowa Symphony Band, Richard Mark Heidel, conductor—was included on the latest University of Kansas Wind Ensemble recording (Of Shadow and Light, Klavier). Another one of his compositions—Temperance—recently won the 2017 CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest. His music for winds has also been featured at the 2017 CBDNA National Conference, multiple regional CBDNA Conferences, The Midwest Clinic, The Western International Band Clinic, and at numerous all-state, state conference and honor band concerts.