First Page

"Commissioning a piece of music is one of the most optimistic things a person can do."  --Steven Schick

Dedicated to commissioning, performing and advocating for the music of today, ICE has launched First Page, a new commissioning initiative. First Page donors support the conception, creation, performance and continued life of a new piece of music, and are invited to observe and participate in all parts of this rich process. Our program encompasses three areas of focus: (1) ICE ensemble commissions, (2) EntICE: our youth orchestra/ICE commissions and collaborations, and (3) OpenICE Musicians’ Fund: empowering individual ICE musicians to curate and commission a full program.  

First Page Members can expect to receive:
- Exclusive previews with artists throughout creation of piece
- Access to working rehearsals
- Recognition in association with the piece for its entire lifetime
- Special acknowledgement at the premiere
- Framed copy of the score's first page, autographed by the composer
- Additional invitations (backstage, on tour, etc)

All contributions are unrestricted and support and strengthen the commissioning, production, outreach and touring activities of ICE.

Current First Page Opportunities: Visit our COMMISSION page to check out upcoming projects.

Please contact Rebekah Heller, Director of First Page, find more about composers, projects, and how to become involved. Bring an exciting new piece of music to life!


We wish to thank the following contributors to First Page:

Claude Arpels
Marisa Arpels
Denise Bowshier
Winsome Brown
The Casement Fund
Van Cleef & Arpels
Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts
Oscar Gerardo
Susanne Ghez
Jacob Greenberg
Andrew Howell
Frances Kazan
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
New Music USA
Maiya Papach
Justus and Elizabeth Schlichting
Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg

Highlights of ICE’s past First Page commissioning activities:

HAGOROMO by Nathan Davis in collaboration with Wendy Whelan, David Michalek, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and American Opera Projects
Premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, New York, November 2015

THE FORCE OF THINGS by Ashley Fure in collaboration with Adam Fure
Premiere at Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, August 1, 2016