Midsummer’s Music Creates Emerging Composers Initiative

Expanding on the Composer-in-Residence Program it instituted in 2016 with the appointment of Jacob Beranek, Midsummer’s Music ( has created the Emerging Composers Initiative to provide a platform for more talented young composers. It adds two program fellows to the composer-in-residence position.

New York-based composer, pianist and recent Juilliard graduate Will Healy is the composer-in-residence for 2021. He’s the artistic director of ShoutHouse, a collective of hip-hop, jazz and classical musicians.

Will Healy is Midsummer’s Music’s 2021 composer-in-residence. Photo by Jenny Davis.

Paul Frucht is one of the two new program fellows. He holds a D.M.A. and M.M. in composition from Juilliard and a B.A. from New York University, where he’s an adjunct professor. He’s been commissioned by and performed with many orchestras. 

Paul Frucht is a 2021 Emerging Composers Initiative fellow. Photo by Masataka Suemitsu.

Quinn Mason of Dallas is the other new program fellow. He’s studied at Richland College, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University.

All three appointees will present new works, educate audiences and participate in outreach engagements during Midsummer’s Music’s 2021 season.

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