FY11 Access to Artistic Excellence (part 1)


Announced November 23, 2010

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

Alabama Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $15,000
To support Reflect and Rejoice: A Community Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the tribute will include performances including the premiere of a new work by composer Adolphus Hailstork, a spoken-word performance, and educational activities for school children.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra, $25,000
To support a residency by Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Two week-long visits are planned that will include master classes for university music students, lectures to school students and adults at Jewish community centers, radio broadcasts, and the commissioning and performance of a new work by the composer.

Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, NY, $22,500
To support the American Music Festival: Nurturing New Generations of Creative Artists. The five-day festival will feature commissions by numerous American composers including Aaron J. Kernis, Joan Tower, Zhou Long, and Michael Daugherty who will each mentor a group of emerging composers who also will be commissioned to create new works.

American Composers Orchestra, $50,000
To support the So Far...Festival of 21st Century American Music. The nine-day festival will feature works by 50 young composers; 15 ensembles including the orchestra and other ensembles such as Either/Or and eighth blackbird, 10 or more concerts; outreach programs; broadcasts and other media events; and professional meetings.

Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, $30,000
To support Handel and Vivaldi Fireworks, a series of baroque musical performances on tour in various U.S. cities. Music director Jeannette Sorrel and French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky will collaborate on these engagements, each complemented by master classes at major conservatories; pre-concert lectures; and outreach activities.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $35,000
To support the Atlanta Symphony's A King Celebration project. In partnership with Morehouse College, the project will highlight the legacy of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through performances, educational outreach activities, and a national radio broadcast.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, (on behalf of Tanglewood Music Center), $55,000
To support the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center. The four-day festival, directed by composer Charles Wuorinen, will feature chamber music and orchestral performances by resident musicians and guest artists of works by 15 to 20 contemporary composers including the premiere of a commissioned work by Wuorinen.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, $75,000
To support performances featuring guest conductors with related educational activities. Conductors Sir Mark Elder, Susanna Mälkki, and Thomas Adès will conduct Friday evening concerts in an informal format designed to attract a younger audience and will be broadcast on WGBH-FM radio.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $20,000
To support world premiere performances of a new work for violin and orchestra by composer Daron Hagen. Violinist Michael Ludwig will be the featured soloist of the work that is tentatively titled Songbook (Concerto for violin and orchestra).

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $80,000
To support a residency with conductor Riccardo Muti. Performances in Chicago and at Carnegie Hall in New York City will include a concert version of Giuseppi Verdi's Otello and works by composers Anna Clyne, Edgar Varese, and Dmitri Shostakovich and will take place as part of Muti's inaugural season as music director.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $50,000
To support stipends and training for pre-professional musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Culminating in four full orchestra concerts, the musical training will include rehearsals, performances, and community engagement activities, under the direction of conductor Cliff Colnot, guest conductors, and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Cleveland Orchestra, $80,000
To support the Contemporary Soloists project of the Cleveland Orchestra with guest artist eighth blackbird. Approximately 19,000 people will attend performances and 60,000 listeners will hear radio broadcasts on WCLV-FM.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support world premiere performances of a new work for gamelan and orchestra by composer Stewart Copeland. Titled "Gamelan D'Drum," the performance will feature Dallas-based gamelan ensemble D'Drum and will be preceded by master classes with the composer and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $20,000
To support a performance of composer Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8: Symphony of a Thousand and related educational activities.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $75,000
To support performances of a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and related educational activities. All nine Beethoven symphonies plus the three Leonore Overtures, the Fidelio Overture, and Creatures of Prometheus will be performed, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, over a three-week period.

Eugene Symphony Orchestra, $12,500
To support American Encounters: John Harbison. The week-long residency will include performances of his recent compositions, a radio broadcast, and educational activities led by the Harbison.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, $20,000
To support concerts and radio broadcasts featuring young guest artists. French pianist Lise de la Salle and American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke will be featured on two concert programs each performed at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, and the Royce Hall on the campus of University of California, Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, $100,000
To support the presentation of Aspects of Adés, a festival celebrating the life and work of composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adés. As curator for the events, Adés will conduct and perform on the programs, each featuring one of his commissioned works or music never performed in Los Angeles.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, $15,000
To support American Masters, a concert featuring the premiere of a commissioned work by Terence Blanchard with related educational activities.

Minnesota Orchestra, $50,000
To support the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, a professional development project. As many as eight composers, selected competitively, will participate in the week-long institute, which will enable them to hear first-hand their work performed by a full orchestra.

The Minnesota Sinfonia, $15,000
To support orchestral concerts. Free concerts featuring works by composers Henri Vieuxtemps, Antonín Dvořák, William Grant Still as well as works by living American composers including two recent commissions by Jay Fishman and Joseph Adams are planned in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

National Repertory Orchestra, $10,000
To support Riverwalk Center Concerts, professional development for emerging orchestral musicians. Under the direction of music director Carl Topilow and guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, the project will include master classes, a summer seminar program, and performances.

National Symphony Orchestra, $60,000
To support presentations commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's 1961 inauguration and the historic concert performed at Constitution Hall.

New Century Chamber Orchestra, $12,500
To support the Featured Composer Residency by American composer Mark O'Connor.

New World Symphony, $65,000
To support the Musician Professional Development Program. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program will use performances, coaching, and community outreach activities to prepare more than 80 gifted young musicians for musical leadership positions in the orchestral field.

New York Philharmonic, $80,000
To support the New York Philharmonic's commissioning and performance of a new work by composer John Corigliano to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The work for mezzo-soprano and full orchestra will use text from "One Sweet Morning," a poem by E. Y. "Yip" Harburg.

Oregon Symphony, $20,000
To support Music in the Time of War, performances of 20th century compositions created under the influence of war, including Unanswered Question by Charles Ives and The Wound-Dresser by John Adams.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $40,000
To support the Living Music Initiative, which includes the commissioning and performance of a new song cycle by Augusta Read Thomas, premiere performances of new works by emerging composers, and revival performances of a previously commissioned work by Fred Lerdahl.

Pacific Symphony, $50,000
To support The Passion of Philip Glass, a festival celebrating the composer's musical legacy. The festival will be directed by music director Carl St. Clair and artistic adviser Joseph Horowitz and will showcase The Passion of Ramakrishna, Glass's work for orchestra and chorus commissioned in 2006.

Philadelphia Classical Symphony, $10,000
To support the American Mosaics project, a new orchestral work based on the culture of the Lenni-Lenape Indians of Delaware by composer Brent Michael Davids of the Mohican (Nenape) nation. Its premiere will be complemented by a screening of the 1920 silent film The Last of the Mohicans with a live performance of the composer's film score, directed by music director Karl Middleman and the composer, and will include a number of performances and school concerts.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, $75,000
To support The Living Composers Collection: New Sounds for Philadelphia Audiences. The orchestra will perform new works by composers Osvaldo Golijov, Jimmy Lopez, Magnus Lindberg, Christopher Rouse, James MacMillan, and Jonathan Leshnoff at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $70,000
To support the Composer of the Year, an artist residency with composer Joan Tower. In addition to a performance of her work, Tambor, Tower will host a reading session and symposium for young composers and visit local universities.

Post-Classical Ensemble, $17,500
To support Celebrating Ives, a festival honoring the American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). Through scripted, inter-disciplinary presentations of readings, chamber works, songs, and connecting commentary developed by artistic director Joseph Horowitz, the programs will bring to life the composer's work and his time and place.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $65,000
To support the Living Composers Project featuring performances of a new work by American composer Gabriela Frank, as well as works by John Adams, Rudolf Barshai, Elliott Carter, and Matthias Pintscher.

San Francisco Symphony, $75,000
To support an artist residency by pianist Yuja Wang. Under the direction of music director Michael Tilson Thomas, the 23-year old Wang and the orchestra musicians will be engaged in chamber and orchestral performances, open rehearsals, master classes, and related community engagement events, including national public radio broadcasts of performances.

Seattle Symphony, $25,000
To support the Alan Hovhaness Festival and other performances of contemporary musical works, including the world premiere of Symphonic Poem by composer-in-residence Samuel Jones.

Toledo Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support Road to Carnegie Hall, a touring project featuring the orchestra's performances at Carnegie Hall in New York. As one of seven orchestras invited to perform at Carnegie Hall's inaugural "Spring For Music Festival," the ensemble is part of the new initiative to present mid-sized symphony orchestras devoted to performing music of our time.


American Music Center, $35,000
To support online services for new American music. Services for composers and contemporary musicians and enthusiasts will include www.NewMusicBox.org, a monthly Web magazine about artists and issues in the new music community; the American Music Center Online Library, a searchable encyclopedic database of contemporary American composers; and Counterstream Radio, an online radio station.

Aspen Music Festival and School, $20,000
To support the Aspen Music Festival and School's Shakespeare Festival. Programming will explore the influence of William Shakespeare's literary works on classical and contemporary music through performances of works such as Hamlet by Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Association of California Symphony Orchestras, $25,000
To support professional and leadership development and technical assistance programs for California orchestras. Plans include webinars and "Ask the Expert" conference calls; an annual statewide conference; and workshops for artistic and administrative staff, trustees, and volunteers from more than 150 orchestras.

Ballet Austin, $20,000
To support the creation and presentation of a new full-length ballet choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Mills. The musical score, based on a non-vocal transcription of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, will be performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the ballet will feature large dancer-manipulated shadow puppets created by ShadowLight Productions.

Bard Music Festival, $25,000
To support the Bard Music Festival. Led by resident ensemble the American Symphony Orchestra, the festival will explore the world and music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius by presenting a range of musical forms including orchestral, chamber, and choral concerts with associated educational activities.

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, $12,500
To support the 24th annual Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. The summer festival will feature chamber and orchestral concerts, open rehearsals, public workshops, the Young Artists Program, and educational outreach concerts.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, $25,000
To support a professional development program for conductors and composers. The training program, led by conductors Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier, will offer 20 emerging conductors the opportunity to lead small and large ensembles in rehearsals and a public performance, program contemporary works, and collaborate with composers.

California Summer Music, $10,000
To support the Composition Program. The project will comprise residencies for emerging composers, the creation and premiere of new chamber works, a free public concert of works by established living composers, and residency activities with guest composer Judith Shatin.

Carnegie Hall, $100,000
To support the American Mavericks Festival. The centerpiece of the festival will be a five-concert residency by the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.  Live and online educational and community programs also will be featured.

Chorus America Association (consortium), $20,000
To support the Choral/Orchestral Conducting Master Class. In partnership with the Mannes College, a four-day conducting workshop for 40 to 50 early- to mid-career conductors will take place involving Mannes orchestra musicians and a professional chorus at the New School of Music in New York City.

Concert Artists Guild, $30,000
To support the career development of emerging classical musicians through national concert engagements.

International Contemporary Ensemble Foundation, $15,000
To support ICElab, a project of commissioning, residency workshops with six emerging American composers, and premiere performances in concerts across the country.

League of American Orchestras, $140,000
To support the League's strategic services designed to strengthen orchestras through learning and leadership development, research, and communications within the orchestra field. The League will focus attention on best-practice models through a series of field-wide forums and an annual national conference for more than 1,200 participants.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, $30,000
To support the presentation of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the outdoor summer festival in Fairmont Park, located near the center of Philadelphia. Programming will feature full orchestral repertoire, as well as lecture-demonstrations with guest artists and students from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Meet The Composer, $75,000
To support the Creative Ventures initiative. The project will offer composers networking opportunities through regional workshops and meetings and new web content, provide technical assistance to composers and presenters involved in artist residencies, and enable organizations to present programs at national and regional music service organizations' conferences.

Monadnock Music, $15,000
To support Sound Unbound, free community concerts in rural southwestern New Hampshire towns. Each week during the two-month festival, a composer and a poet will be in residence at the festival.

Music Academy of the West, $15,000
To support a guest conductor residency program. Professional conductors, including Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, and James Gaffigan, will conduct young instrumentalists in orchestral and chamber music repertoire as part of their professional training during the summer festival. summer festival.

Ojai Festivals, $17,500
To support the Ojai Music Festival. The 65th annual music festival will be curated by soprano Dawn Upshaw, who will serve as the 2011 festival music director and featured vocalist in performance, as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Maria Schneider Orchestra.

Sphinx Organization, $55,000
To support the artistic development of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional African American and Latino musicians from orchestras and institutions around the country.

Toledo Opera, $10,000
To support a concert program of selections from Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The Romance of the Ring will be performed by guest singers and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Conlin.

Washington Performing Arts Society, $25,000
To support music presentations featuring soloists and ensembles. Presented at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the concerts will feature soprano Renee Fleming; violinists Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and Itzhak Perlman; pianists Maurizio Pollini and Simone Dinnerstein; as well as the Boston Symphony, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), and NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan).

Young Concert Artists, $50,000
To support the Young Concert Artists Series, the professional development program of recitals and concerto debuts in New York City and Washington, DC. Also included is the commissioning of a new work by a young composer, career management for emerging classical performers and composers, and residencies in schools and community centers while the artists are on tour.