We are delighted to share the news that Megan Steinberg has been selected to be the RCNM PRiSM Lucy Hale Doctoral Composer, in association with us, here at Drake Music.
This PhD studentship is aiming to investigate and create new music for accessible instruments and technology.
Megan is an experimental composer and abstract turntablist based in London. She works with found sound, chance procedures, graphic scores, quietness and microtonality. She is also a dedicated advocate for accessibility and representation in new music.
“I am very excited to work with Drake Music and PRiSM to compose new music for remarkable performers. There is nothing else I would rather be doing with my time and creativity. I will be taking this opportunity to build and promote accessible methods of music-making with Disabled musicians, using experimentation and machine learning.”
This studentship was conceived and designed by Lucy Hale, an extraordinarily talented composer committed to building repertoire and support for Disabled musicians. We were looking forward to working with her as she undertook this PhD.
Lucy’s drive and talent, as well as her lived experience of Disability, meant that she was able to see the incredible untapped creative potential afforded by non-traditional accessible musical instruments and technology. She understood the vital need to build repertoire and performance practice around those instruments so that the musical ambitions of those who play them can be fully realised.
Tragically, Lucy passed away earlier this year and was not able to complete her ambitious plans. This award is offered in her name.
We are delighted that Megan has accepted the place on the Lucy Hale Collaborative Doctoral Award and are very much looking forward to working with her over the coming years.
Her application was very exciting, covering vital areas in Disability, music and technology and we can’t wait to see the outcome of her research.