Musto's term will include the 2005-06 season and the center's 2006 summer festival. The festival will include the world premieres of two of Musto's works, including a piece commissioned for the Jupiter Quartet, Caramoor's string quartet in residence.
In addition, Musto will program and perform in three concerts, dubbed MustoMusic. The composer will play the piano for performances of his song cycles Dove sta amore and Penelope in October, his River Songs and Piano Trio in April 2006, and his Book of Uncommon Prayer and Clarinet Sextet at the 2006 festival. The concerts will also include music by Galuppi, Bernstein, and Mozart.
"I believe that it is essential for the concertgoing community to have frequent contact with living composers, and to hear a spectrum of their work," said Caramoor director Michael Barrett. "John is one of our very best composers, and I know our audience will be richly rewarded."