FY05 Access to Artistic Excellence (part 1)

Albany Symphony Orchestra, $22,500
To support "American Memories/American Dreams," the final year of a three-year initiative (Giving Voice) designed to celebrate American music of the past, present, and future. The initiative will include the creation and presentation of new works by American composers.

American Composers Orchestra, $45,000
To support the Emerging Composers Program, featuring commissioning and performances of new works by early- to mid-career American composers, as well as residency activities. The orchestra will perform world premieres and continue its new music reading sessions.

American Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support the presentation in thematic concert format of U.S. premieres and rarely performed works by established composers, with associated educational activities. Composers will include Emmanuel Chabrier, Nicolai Miaskovsky, Paul von Klenau, and Richard Strauss.

Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances and radio broadcasts of music by C.P.E. Bach. The program, with cellist Anner Bylsma as guest soloist, will be performed on period instruments in Akron, Columbus, at Severance Hall in Cleveland, and as part of the Boston Early Music Festival.

Aspen Music Festival and School, $50,000
To support the American Academy of Conducting, a professional development program for post-conservatory conductors. Under the direction of music director David Zinman and conductor Murry Sidlin, the summer institute will engage participants in a comprehensive conducting training program.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $50,000
To support A King Celebration, a consortium project with Morehouse College in tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The project will include performances, educational outreach activities, and a national radio broadcast.

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, $30,000
To support the creation and presentation of Manzanar: An American Story, a new oratorio written and directed by playwright Philip Kan Gotanda and composed jointly by Naomi Sekiya, David Benoit, and Jean-Pascal Beintus. The 55-minute work for narrators, chorus, soloists, and orchestra explores the progression of American freedom using the Japanese internment camp Manzanar as a touchstone.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, $75,000
To support a concert opera performance of Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. The three performances scheduled will be conducted by Music Director-designate James Levine during his debut season with the orchestra.

Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, $25,000
To support the creation and presentation of a new work for voice and orchestra by composer Jennifer Higdon. Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass will be used as text for the work, which will be performed in the historic Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April 2005.

The California Symphony, $12,500
To support the Young American Composer-in-Residence Program. The year-long residency with composer Kevin Beavers will include recorded reading sessions, high school visits, and the creation and presentation of a new work.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $40,000
To support a professional development program for pre-professional musicians. Plans include rehearsals under the direction of resident and guest conductors, professional coaching, master classes by Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians, and scholarship support.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $85,000
To support a residency with Principal Guest Conductor Pierre Boulez. In celebration of his 80th birthday, the residency will feature special programs to honor his accomplishments as conductor, teacher, and new music advocate.

The Cleveland Orchestra, $100,000
To support Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra Celebrate Stravinsky. The festival will celebrate the 40-year artistic partnership between Pierre Boulez and the orchestra with performances of Stravinsky's The Firebird and other works composed between 1909 and 1962.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $15,000
To support the Contemporary Music Festival, a consortium project. In 2005, the five-day festival of new music, in partnership with Ohio State University (OSU), will feature the works of composer Olly Wilson and other contemporary African-American composers.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
To support performances of works by Hannibal Lokumbe. Plans include a performance of African Portraits performed at the Potter's House Church and Music Has No Walls performed for prison inmates.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $40,000
To support the consortium project Community Arts Partners. Several presenting series and an educational program will be established at the new Max M. Fisher Music Center, in consortium with the University Cultural Center Association.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support Dvorak in America, a festival on the life and music of Antonin Dvorak. Plans include educational activities for area high school students and a concert using slides, musical excerpts, and narration.

Houston Symphony, $20,000
To support the continuation of the Concerto Commissioning Project. Composer Richard Lavenda will create a clarinet concerto that will premiere in May 2005.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, $25,000
To support performances of commissioned works. Plans include the world and West Coast premieres of three works by Robert Aldridge, Donald Crockett, and Joel McNeely.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, $100,000
To support The American Composers Project. Plans include repeat performances of previously commissioned works by Tan Dun and John Adams and the premiere of a new commission by Peter Lieberson.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, $15,000
To support the New Orleans International Composers Competition. Funds are requested for the selection process and the final performance of works by the three composer finalists.

Minnesota Orchestra, $35,000
To support the Composer Institute for emerging American composers. The project will include reading sessions of new orchestral work, advanced instrumental sessions led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians, and advanced training seminars.

National Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
To support Composer Portrait: Brahms, an exploration of orchestral works by Johannes Brahms. Concerts will take place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, $22,500
To support Northern Lights, a winter festival exploring Finland's search for a national identity through the music of Jean Sibelius. Concerts will be performed in Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Englewood, and Red Bank.

New World Symphony, $50,000
To support the Musician Professional Development Program. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program will use performances, multidisciplinary coaching, and community outreach activities to prepare young artists for musical leadership positions in the orchestral field.

New York Philharmonic, $100,000
To support the American Creations Festival. The orchestra will perform the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's Shotoku Taishi - The World in Flower for orchestra and chorus and works by Christopher Rouse, Elliott Carter, and Stephen Albert at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The project will include discussions with composers, symposia, master classes, and conductors' roundtables.

Oakland East Bay Symphony, $12,500
To support premiere performances of new works by American composers. The project will include works by Hector Armienta, Kenji Bunch, Laurence Rosenthal, and Chen Yi.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $15,000
To support a multi-state tour featuring different concert programs. The repertoire will include premieres of commissioned works by Daniel Schnyder and Robert Aldridge. The orchestra will perform 17 concerts at venues in 10 states.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, $50,000
To support the Late Great Works Festival. This project is an exploration of works composed late in life by composers such as Mahler, Wagner, Berio, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. Concerts will be complemented by discussions and pre- and post-concert events.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, $10,000
To support the presentation of George Frederic Handel's opera Atalanta in San Francisco, Berkeley, Lafayette, and Palo Alto, California. The performances, directed by music director Nicholas McGegan, will be preceded by free concert lectures.

Pittsburgh Symphony, $60,000
To support the Composer of the Year residency activities with composer Jennifer Higdon, including a commission. The composer will participate in residency activities such as master classes, reading sessions for emerging composers, mentoring composition students, and community events.

Post-Classical Ensemble, $10,000
To support the production of DVDs of 1930s films with new performances of film scores by Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland. The two DVDs will consist of Thomson's The Plow That Broke the Plains and The River, and Copland's The City.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $55,000
To support Music of Our Time, commissions and performances of contemporary American works. The orchestra will premiere works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jake Heggie, and Stephen Prutsman.

San Francisco Symphony, $100,000
To support Gershwin, Bernstein, and Yiddish Theater, a festival exploring the influence of Jewish culture on music in America between 1900 and the 1940s. The San Francisco Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, will perform three different programs at Davies Hall.

San Francisco Symphony (consortium), $25,000
To support the Cleveland-San Francisco Exchange, a consortium project with the Cleveland Orchestra to present each orchestra in the other's home city. Plans include performances by the Cleveland Orchestra in Davies Hall in San Francisco.

Santa Rosa Symphony, $10,000
To support Vienna's Golden Age Festival, featuring the music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. The Santa Rosa Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony Chamber Players, under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, will perform in several venues.

Seattle Symphony, $45,000
To support the New Europe Festival, a project celebrating Central and East European music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, concerts of music by Bartok, Kodaly, Janacek, Dohnanyi, Kurtag, and Lutoslawski will be presented.

Utah Symphony and Opera, $35,000
To support Poets & Passions, a celebration of British poets and composers through music, opera, film, and lectures. Under the direction of Keith Lockhart, the orchestra will perform symphonic works by George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Youth Orchestra of the Americas, $18,000
To support a three-week residency program for emerging young musicians from the Americas. The Youth Orchestra of the Americas will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.


American Film Institute (consortium), $40,000
To support a consortium project featuring a series of presentations of American social documentaries from the 1930s accompanied by live music and narration. The Post-Classical Ensemble will perform live music.

American Symphony Orchestra League, $150,000
To support services designed to strengthen peer-learning networks, communication, and research within the orchestra field. The project will assist nearly 900 member orchestras of every size and type in all 50 states.

Association of California Symphony Orchestras, $20,000
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.

Cabrillo Music Festival, $10,000
To support a professional development program for conductors. In partnership with the Conductors Guild, the training will offer emerging conductors the opportunity to lead small and large ensembles, program contemporary works, and collaborate with composers.

Carnegie Hall, $100,000
To support Inventive American Artists, a series of presentations featuring American musicians. The series will include performances by the Kronos Quartet and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, with conductor David Robertson, performing educational concerts, a composer workshop, and a week-long professional training seminar for musicians.

Sphinx Organization, $65,000
To support the artistic development of the Sphinx Symphony, a unique ensemble of professional African American and Latino musicians from orchestras and institutions around the country. The Sphinx Symphony will perform two concerts at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, each featuring young soloists.

Young Concert Artists, $20,000
To support the presentation of the Young Concert Artists Series of recitals and concerti debuts in New York City and Washington, DC. The project will include the commissioning of a new work by a young composer and will provide career management for emerging classical performers and composers.