Composers Make Con Edison Grants Sing at Flushing Town Hall

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 11.45.39 AMNina Siniakova is finding that the room at Flushing Town Hall with the grand piano provides the solitude she needs to compose music.

Siniakova uses the room as part of the Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison Composers’ Residency program, which provides musicians with places to work. She says music allows her to learn about life, the universe and herself.

Siniakova, a Belarus native moved to Queens with her husband and children six years ago, said she doesn’t crave fame, but would like people to recognize her music. She hopes the strides she makes at the Flushing Town Hall help her bring music to a worldwide audience.

“The music that these talented composers write and play contributes to the cultural vitality of our community,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison’s senior vice president, Public Affairs.  “Con Edison is proud to support their artistic growth so that they can share their music for all of us to enjoy.”

Siniakova is one of eight artists in the residency program, which Con Edison has supported with $43,500 in grants – enough to help 41 composers since 2009.  Watch Nina Siniakova perform and talk about her experience.

Watch a short clip on the composers’ residency program.

David Johnston, executive director with Exploring the Metropolis, said the organization partners with facilities like Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Bloomingdale School of Music, Flushing Town Hall, and the Filomen M D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse Guild International.  The organization then makes the space available to the musicians.

Meet the Composers: Click on their name and watch their story.  All videos are available for embedding and sharing. Manhattan residents Richard Carrick, Juan Pablo ContrerasEric Lemmonand Ian NgMary Kouyoumdjian and Matt McBane of Brooklyn; and Kento Iwasaki of Queens.

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