Through the generosity of Hilde Howden and the Bruce E. Howden American Composers Project, Music from Angel Fire has created an enviable commissioning history that rivals most major international festivals. Each year, MFAF invites an internationally renowned composer and a Young Artist Composer to each write a work to be premiered at the festival. The Composer-in-Residence Program began in 1986 and the Young Artist Composer-in-Residence Program was initiated in 2005. As a result, MFAF has commissioned and presented 45 world premieres in its 35-year history.

MFAF has received National acclaim for its commissioning history from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In February of 2016, OPUS ONE presented a special concert at Lincoln Center, performing four major works commissioned by Music from Angel Fire.

Kenji Toby

Nationally renowned composers:

Bruce Adolphe
Andrea Clearfield
Donald Crockett
Dan Coleman
Chick Corea
Michael Daugherty
Jon Deak
Vivian Fine
Gabriella Lena Frank
Timothy Greatbatch
Stephen Hartke
Jennifer Higdon

Aaron Jay Kernis
Libby Larson
Lowell Liebermann
Douglas Lowry
David Ludwig
Marc Neikrug
Kevin Puts
Bright Sheng
Roberto Sierra
Alvin Singleton
Steven Stucky
Augusta Read Thomas
Joan Tower
George Tsontakis

Young Artist composers:

Ke-Chia Chen
Nick DiBerardino
Michael Djupstrom
Andrew Hsu
Thomas Oltarzewski
James Ra
Chris Rogerson
Daniel Temkin
Sheridan Seyfried
Daniel Shapiro
Gabriella Smith
Daniel Temkin
Alyssa Weinberg
Christopher Weiss