FY08 Access to Artistic Excellence (part 1)


Announced December 4, 2007

Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, NY, $25,000

To support the 2009 American Music Festival, The River. Marking the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's journey up the Hudson River, the month-long festival will examine the evolution of New York State, as well as the idea of "voyages of discovery" through numerous commissions and performances.

American Composers Orchestra, $35,000

To support the Orchestra Underground Concerts, New Music Readings, and Playing It UNSafe Concerts. Through commissions, readings, and performances of new work, 12 to 15 composers will have the opportunity to further their artistic development and expose their music to new audiences.

American Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support the presentation of U.S. premieres, rarely performed works by established composers, and related educational activities. Plans include performances of works by composers Vladimir Shcherbachov, Arthur Louri, Ferdinand Hiller, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Andrzej Panufnik, Rued Langgaard, and Ildebrando Pizzetti.

Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, $7,500

To support Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Context and Creativity. The month-long project includes five subscription concerts, a national tour, national radio and television broadcasts, and educational activities.

Aspen Music Festival and School, $20,000

To support the American Academy of Conducting of the Aspen Music Festival. The summer institute for post-conservatory conductors will engage participants in a comprehensive, professional development training program.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $40,000

To support A King Celebration, a project of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra that will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In collaboration with Morehouse College, the project will include performances, educational outreach activities, and a national radio broadcast.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $20,000

To support composer residencies, performances, and educational activities. In the inaugural season of Music Director Marin Alsop, seven week-long composer residencies will each begin with Composers in Conversations programs and conclude with performances of their work coupled with a Beethoven symphony or other works from the standard repertoire.

Boston Symphony Orchestra (on behalf of Tanglewood Music Center), $40,000

To support the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center. The week-long concert series, under the direction of Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director James Levine, will feature a centenary celebration of composer Elliott Carter, who is expected to attend.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, $50,000

To support world premiere performances of newly commissioned works by composers John Harbison and William Bolcom, with associated educational activities. As part of the orchestra's 125th-anniversary season, the performances of the works will be preceded by lectures and an open rehearsal for local high school students.

Brooklyn Philharmonic, $25,000

To support the John Corigliano 70th Birthday Festival. The festival will include performances of his works, educational activities, and film screenings featuring scores by the composer.

Brooklyn Philharmonic (consortium), $22,500

To support Music Off the Walls. A series of thematic chamber music concerts will be performed in conjunction with current exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000

To support the performance and recording of composer Marcel Tyberg's Symphony No. 3. Many works of Tyberg, a promising young composer who lost his life in the Holocaust in 1944, were recently discovered in Buffalo by a student of the composer.

The California Symphony, $10,000

To support the Young American Composer-in-Residence Program. The residency with composer Mason Bates will include recorded reading sessions, high school visits, and the creation and presentation of a new work.

Canton Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support the 100th-anniversary commemoration of the death of pianist and composer Edward MacDowell. Plans include lectures, a composition contest for middle and high school students, and a performance of MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2 by pianist Kotaro Fukuma.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, $10,000

To support the creation and performance of a new work by composer Sir John Tavener and associated educational activities by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Scored for string orchestra, voice, and timpani, Tavener's work will be performed under the direction of Music Director Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

Chicago Sinfonietta, $10,000

To support a series of concerts. Programming will include a concert tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a concert featuring women in classical music, and a pairing of various styles of blues with a performance of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with video projections.

Chicago Sinfonietta (consortium), $10,000

To support concerts of classical chamber music influenced by traditional Mexican music and music of the Americas. Three concerts will be presented in partnership with the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $65,000

To support choral orchestral concerts featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the chorus, 15 concerts of 6 programs will explore the full range of the choral repertoire.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $25,000

To support a Stylistic Survey of Contemporary Composers. Performances of works by composers John Adams, Guillaume Connesson, Robert O. Johnson, Arvo Prt, Eino Tamberg, Jukka Tiensuu, Veljo Tormis, and Jrg Widmann are planned which will include U.S. and world premieres.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $40,000

To support stipends and professional training for pre-professional musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Performances and audition coaching will take place under the direction of resident and guest conductors.

The Cleveland Orchestra, $50,000

To support the Cleveland Orchestra's concert performances of two operas, Bela Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka. The performances will be held at Severance Hall.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $12,500

To support the creation and presentation of a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and librettist Gene Scheer based on the life of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The work will be scored for orchestra and chorus.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000

To support the concert series Classical Connections. Prior to each concert, ticketholders will receive a Listener's Guide, and Music Director Neal Gittleman will lead an in-depth discussion and coordinate orchestral demonstrations about the music in the series.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $35,000

To support the Eight Days in June Festival. The festival will include orchestral, chamber, and jazz performances.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra, $12,500

To support the George Gershwin Festival. Concerts, community events, and educational activities will examine the composer's efforts to fuse American jazz and popular song with the European classical tradition.

Eugene Symphony, $7,500

To support American Encounters: Roberto Sierra. The series will include performances of Sierra's recent compositions, a radio broadcast, and a composer residency.

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support performances of Carmina Burana by composer Carl Orff. The chorus will comprise 175 adults and students from the community.

Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus, $15,000

To support performances of works by composer John Adams and associated educational activities of the Grant Park Music Festival. Four works will be performed including choruses from two of Adams's operas, The Death of Klinghoffer and Doctor Atomic; The Dharma at Big Sur for orchestra and solo electric violin; and the nativity oratorio El Nio.

Houston Symphony, $10,000

To support The Beethoven Experience. The day-long investigation of Beethoven's life and music will include concerts, a lecture, and a film screening.

Kansas City Symphony, $15,000

To support the East-West Confluence Project. Plans include performances of works by composers Lou Harrison and Zhou Long, both known for incorporating elements of Asian music together with Western compositional approaches.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, $80,000

To support Concrete Frequency, a celebration of the city reflected in the music of our time. Festival activities will include symposia focusing on urban issues and concerts featuring orchestral music as well as elements from contemporary urban culture.

The Louisville Orchestra, $20,000

To support musical activities celebrating the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. Activities will include a live broadcast concert on public television, the commissioning of a work by composer Peter Schickele, and four educational concerts.

Minnesota Orchestra, $30,000

To support the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. The professional development project will be directed by the orchestra's Composer Institute Co-Chairs: composer and new music adviser Aaron Jay Kernis and artistic planning associate Beth Cowart.

National Repertory Orchestra, Inc., $7,500

To support professional development for emerging orchestral musicians. The project will include guest conductors, master classes, and a summer seminar program.

National Symphony Orchestra, $40,000

To support the ninth annual National Conducting Institute. The professional development program for conductors will culminate in concerts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

New World Symphony, $45,000

To support the Advanced Professional Development Program. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program will utilize performances, coaching, and community outreach activities to prepare young artists for musical leadership positions in the orchestral field.

New York Philharmonic, $70,000

To support the New York Philharmonic's Leonard Bernstein Festival. Performances of Bernstein's works and other related educational activities will celebrate his important legacy and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as music director of the Philharmonic.

New York Pops, $10,000

To support Gershwin: Great Moments from Porgy and Bess and Dayful of Song. The concert performance will be directed by guest conductor Andrew Litton at Carnegie Hall.

Oakland East Bay Symphony, $15,000

To support performances of works by living American composers. The project will include premieres of new works by Jon Jang and Roberto Sierra, as well as works by John Adams and Stephen Sondheim.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $20,000

To support commissioning, performances, and educational activities. The project will include a commissioned work written by composer Charles Wuorinen, performances, touring in New Jersey, and live radio broadcasts.

Pacific Symphony Orchestra, $45,000

To support The Idea of the West, an American composers festival. Programming will feature music inspired by open spaces, Native American culture, cowboy songs, and other influences that forged an authentic American voice during the last century.

Philadelphia Classical Symphony, $10,000

To support Reawakenings of American Indian Music, a commissioning and performance of new works based on the culture of the Lenni-Lenape Indians of Delaware. Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate will participate in an artist residency that will include educational programming in Philadelphia and Norristown area schools.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, $70,000

To support Philadelphia Firsts, the orchestra's first performances of works by composers Jennifer Higdon, Anders Hillborg, Herbert Willi, Marc-André Dalbavie, and Thierry Escaich. The concerts will be performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, $15,000

To support a festival commemorating the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel's death. Under the direction of music director Nicholas McGegan, the performances on period instruments will be presented in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and Lafayette, California, and at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Pittsburgh Symphony Society, $27,500

To support the Composer of the Year residency activities with composer John Corigliano. The project will include the commissioning and performance of a percussion concerto, which will be premiered by guest artist Evelyn Glennie.

Post-Classical Ensemble, $17,500

To support Artists in Exile. The project will explore the creative lives of German composers Kurt Weill and Arnold Schoenberg through performances that will be supplemented with discussion and commentary by artists and scholars.

Red {an orchestra}, $7,500

To support Red Presents: Tan Dun. The orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor and composer Tan Dun, will perform Cleveland premieres of Tan Dun's Red Forecast and The Map at the Masonic Temple Auditorium.

Reno Chamber Orchestra, $50,000

To support the premiere of a new work by composer Joseph Schwantner, the second round of Made in America, a collaborative commissioning, performance, and outreach project. The work will be performed by as many as 60 small-budget orchestras throughout the United States.

Sacramento Philharmonic, $10,000

To support Building Bridges to Peace, a concert and artist residency project exploring cross-cultural understanding through music. Under the direction of music director Michael Morgan, orchestral performances and master classes will be held in community venues in Sacramento.

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, $27,500

To support performances of the Doctor Atomic Symphony by American composer John Adams. Music director David Robertson will conduct the New York and St. Louis premieres of the new work - a suite of music from his opera Doctor Atomic.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $45,000

To support the Living Composers Project. The orchestra will perform new works by Pierre Boulez, Osvaldo Golijov, Leon Kirchner, Libby Larsen, Roberto Sierra, and works by composer-in-residence Lee Hyla.

San Antonio Symphony, $10,000

To support concerts performed by the San Antonio Symphony, featuring flutist Sir James Galway. Performances will coincide with the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention and will be held in San Antonio's Lila Cockrell Theatre and the Majestic Theatre.

San Antonio Symphony (consortium), $12,500

To support the San Antonio Symphony's residency at St. Philip's College, a historically black and Hispanic college in San Antonio. In partnership with the Alamo Community College School District, the project will include master classes, open rehearsals, lectures, and concerts for primary and secondary school children.

San Diego Symphony, $10,000

To support Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, a commissioning and performance project. Composer Lucas Richman will create an orchestral work for children based on the poetry of Jack Prelutsky, the first American Children's Poet Laureate.

San Francisco Symphony, $75,000

To support A Brahms Festival. The three-week series of performances and educational activities will explore the work of 19th-century Romantic composer Johannes Brahms.

Santa Rosa Symphony, $10,000

To support Latin Waves: A Festival of Rhythm, Melody and Dance. The festival will feature chamber and symphonic work under the direction of Dr. Richard Loheyde.

Seattle Symphony, $27,000

To support Coming to America: Composers in Pursuit of a Dream, a festival exploring works by composers who immigrated to the United States. Under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, the orchestra will perform music by composers such as Kurt Weill (German), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Austro-Hungarian), Arnold Schoenberg (Austrian), Igor Stravinsky (Russian), and Darius Milhaud (French).

S.E.M. Ensemble, $10,000

To support concerts of new music. Under the direction of artistic director and composer Petr Kotik, programming will feature chamber and orchestral work performed in Brooklyn and New York City.

Tempesta di Mare, $7,500

To support performances of orchestral works by 18th-century composer Johann Friedrich Fasch. Concerts will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore and at St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia.

Tempesta di Mare (consortium), $7,500

To support No Strings Attached: Love and Death with Music and Puppets. In collaboration with the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, the performances will be held at the Plays and Players Theater in Philadelphia.

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, $7,500

To support Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem project, a commissioning and presentation project by composer Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. The new orchestral work will be premiered in the 2,400-seat Palace Theater.


American Music Center, $25,000

To support online services for new American music. Services will include www.NewMusicBox.org, a monthly Web magazine about artists and issues in the new music community; www.NewMusicJukeBox.org, a searchable, encyclopedic database of contemporary American composers; and Counterstream Radio, a new online radio station.

American Music Center (consortium), $20,000

To support a study of new music in America and the presentation of the results. In partnership with the American Composers Forum, the center will present the study results at the June 2008 National Performing Arts Convention in Denver.

Association of California Symphony Orchestras, $25,000

To support professional and leadership development and technical assistance programs for California orchestras. Plans include an annual statewide conference and workshops for artistic and administrative staff, trustees, and volunteers from more than 150 orchestras.

Bard Music Festival, $10,000

To support the Bard Music Festival. The festival will explore the music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and his contemporaries by presenting a range of musical forms including symphonic, choral, chamber, and piano music.

Bravo! Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek, $10,000

To support the 21st annual Vail Valley Music Festival. The summer festival will feature chamber and orchestral concerts, open rehearsals, public workshops, and educational outreach concerts.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, $12,500

To support a professional development program for conductors and composers. The training program, led by conductors Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier, will offer emerging conductors the opportunity to lead small and large ensembles in rehearsals and public performances, program contemporary works, and collaborate with composers.

Carnegie Hall, $75,000

To support the Leonard Bernstein Festival. The two-month festival, marking the 90th anniversary of Bernstein's birth, will feature performances of orchestral and vocal works and educational activities.

Chorus America (consortium), $10,000

To support the Choral/Orchestral Conducting Workshop and Master Class. The Utah Symphony & Opera Association will partner with Chorus America to host conducting workshops in Salt Lake City.

Future of Music Coalition, $10,000

To support the annual Policy Summit. The three-day conference will engage speakers and panelists to discuss and examine key issues impacting independent professional musicians including digital technology, artists' rights, and the current state of the music industry.

Grand Center (consortium), $10,000

To support the Meredith Monk Festival. Plans include the commissioning of a new work by Monk for chamber chorus and orchestra to be performed in partnership with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and chorus.

League of American Orchestras, $135,000

To support services designed to strengthen orchestras through learning and leadership development, research, and communications within the orchestra field. The project will assist nearly 1,000 member orchestras of every size and type in all 50 states.

Meet The Composer, $50,000

To support the America Commissions Initiative. The program is designed to stimulate commissioning and performances of new American music through technical assistance and enhanced communication and active engagement with communities.

Music at the Anthology (consortium), $10,000

To support the 10th-anniversary festival of new music. In collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the festival will include a concert featuring orchestral work by young composers.

Ojai Music Festival, $15,000

To support the Ojai Music Festival. The 62nd annual music festival, directed by artistic director Thomas W. Morris, will feature music director David Robertson, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the vocal ensemble Synergy, and the Ojai Festival Orchestra.

Sphinx Organization, $50,000

To support the artistic development of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble of professional African American and Latino musicians from orchestras and institutions around the country will perform concerts in Ann Arbor and at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, featuring talented, young soloists in each of the concerts.

University of Chicago, $15,000

To support an artist residency by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra and faculty musicians will present concerts, composition readings, chamber music coaching and master classes, as well as community-based educational events for elementary schoolchildren and their families.

Young Concert Artists, $25,000

To support the Young Concert Artists Series. The professional development program of recitals and concerto debuts in New York City and Washington, DC will include the commissioning of a new work by a young composer and provide career management for emerging classical performers and composers.