About Us


NACUSA-LA engages our community through the creation, performance, and promotion of contemporary musical art, while providing resources and opportunities to Southern California composers and performers. NACUSA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.

NACUSA was founded by Henry Hadley in New York City in 1933, as a national organization with the intent of introducing conductors to the works of American composers. The Los Angeles Chapter has been active since the late 1940s.  In the early 1970s, the national headquarters moved to Los Angeles. We celebrated the 85th anniversary of NACUSA on July 21, 2017 with a day-long conference and concert at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA. Watch this blog for posts of the rich history of the organization and its members.

 NACUSA LOS ANGELES BOARD: Dr. David Raiklen, President; Dr. Richard Derby, Vice President; Dr. Michelle Green Willner, Secretary; Dr. Jeannie Gayle Pool, Treasurer. Dr. Katherine Saxon, Publicity Chair, Adrienne Albert, Communications Chair, Dr. Allen Menton, and Dr. Deon Nielsen Price, Advisor.