Winners of the Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competition

Hot off the Press: Winners of the Flute New Music Consortium’s Composition Competition!

The Flute New Music Consortium is excited to announce the first two winners of their 2018 Composition Competition, Joseph Hallman (flute and accompaniment) and Nina Shekhar (flute solo).


Nina Shekhar’s music explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter. Her works have been featured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, I Care if You Listen, WNYC/New Sounds radio, TUTTI Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and others. She has also previously collaborated with the JACK Quartet, and her piece Quirkhead, about O.C.D. and mental illness, is scheduled to be featured in an upcoming PBS documentary chronicling the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Current projects include a new work for members of Eighth Blackbird as part of the Blackbird Creative Lab in which she will be participating as the 2018 Lewis Vilensky Family Fellow, a choral commission for The New York Virtuoso Singers and renowned conductor Harold Rosenbaum, an electroacoustic commission for Third Angle New Music for their 2018-2019 season, and a piece for recent Fischoff Silver Medalist Vanguard Reed Quintet. Nina is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Morton Gould Awards.

Aside from composing, Nina is a versatile performing artist. As a flutist, she has studied with Amy Porter and Holly Clemans. Nina has previously performed in masterclasses for Claire Chase, Tim Munro, Ian Clarke, and Flutronix. As a pianist, she has performed in the Poland International Piano Festival as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic. Nina was selected to perform in the Detroit International Jazz Festival with her jazz band in 2012 and 2013 as lead alto saxophonist.

Nina is currently pursuing composition graduate studies as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, earning dual degrees in music composition and chemical engineering and graduating summa cum laude.

Her winning piece, Zoo Song, written for “solo singing flutist”, was commissioned by Hannah Weiss, who can be heard in a live performance of the work here:

Joseph Hallman is a young composer based in Philadelphia who has worked with some of today's most talented musicians and artists.  He has been named, by NPR, as one of the Top Composers under 40.  He has also been named Best Musician by several Philadelphia magazines and newspapers.

Hallman’s series of chamber concerti were composed for members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra.  Akin to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Hindemith's Kammermusik, these pieces have won acclaim for their wit and strength.

Hallman’s work with poets, in particular Jessica Hornik, has inspired strong relationships and beautiful works for voices and chamber ensembles. The Inscape Chamber Music Project, on the Sono Luminos  label, recorded and released Three Poems of Jessica Hornik and imagined landscapes: six Lovecraftian elsewheres, which was then nominated for a Grammy award.   He is currently working on two song cycles for soprano and string quartet (Mudtime and Vermont Seasons) with the Vermont Poet Laureate, Sydney Lea. He has had the distinct pleasure of working with the English horn icon Thomas Stacy, of the New York Philharmonic, bassoonist Pascal Gallois, organist Kevin Bowyer, principal clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony, David Thomas.

Hallman teaches at Drexel University.  He is the Composer-in-Residence of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival and has served in similar roles at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, The Traverse Arts Project, Strings Music Festival, and many Universities and Colleges domestically and internationally. He has worked with the American Composers Forum in multiple capacities. 

His winning work, four movements for flute and piano, pays homage in four movements to Jolivet, Nico Muhly, David Lynch, and Poulenc, respectively. Four movements can be heard on Joe’s Sound Cloud page here:

All members of the Flute New Music Consortium vote for the winners of this annual competition, and all members also enjoy complimentary copies of winning scores, and rights to perform these works for one year and record works for up to six years. The last two rounds (flute duo chamber music) have recently closed, and members will choose their winners in the next month, the results of which will be shared right here in a future edition of The Flute View! For more information about FNMC, please visit

Nina Shekhar,

Joseph Hallman,

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