FY10 Access to Artistic Excellence (part 1)


Announced December 8, 2009

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

Adrian Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the premiere of Divinum Mysterium for viola and orchestra by composer Kenneth Fuchs performed by the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and related educational activities. Soloist for the premiere will be London Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist Paul Silverthrone, for whom the work was written.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $12,500
To support Reflect and Rejoice: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. In partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the tribute will include performances, spoken word, education, and outreach.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra, $12,500
To support a residency by composer Paul Lansky. Three multiple-day visits are planned that will include master classes and lectures for university music students, pre-concert Composer Conversations, performances curated by Lansky, and the commission and state-wide tour performances of a new work by the composer.

Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, NY, $25,000
To support the American Music Festival, Beyond Our Borders. Through numerous commissions, performances, and educational activities, the month-long festival will explore music and musicians from different traditions and cultures.

American Composers Orchestra, $32,500
To support the Playing It Unsafe initiative. Through a series of activities designed to help composers develop new ideas that stretch their artistic vision, the initiative will be a season-long research and developmental laboratory for the creation of risk-taking new orchestral music.

American Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support the presentation of rarely performed works by established composers and Classics Declassified, an audience education series. Plans include performances of works by composers Henry Cowell, Boris Tchaikovsky, Boris Tishchenko, Robert Schumann, Gustav Holst, Arthur Bliss, Luigi Dallapiccola, Hans Werner Henze, and Albert Roussel.

Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, $15,000
To support The Monteverdi Experience, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Vespers of 1610. The weekend-long festival will include performances, a national tour, a radio broadcast, podcasts, and symposia that will explore the artistic, cultural, and sociopolitical context of the Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $35,000
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.

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, $12,500
To support residencies by California composers. Composer Gabriela Lena Frank will serve as the season-long composer-in-residence where she will collaborate with music director Joana Carneiro, create a new work for orchestra, take part in school programs, and mentor emerging Bay Area composers selected for residencies in the Under Construction concert series.

Boise Philharmonic, $7,500
To support the Classic Collaborations, a series of concerts with related educational activities. Each concert in the series will integrate symphonic music with vocal music, theater, or dance along with participating area opera, theater, and dance companies.

Boston Symphony Orchestra (on behalf of Tanglewood Music Center), $45,000
To support the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center. The 70th anniversary festival will honor the resident composers who have led composition activities for the festival over the past seven decades.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, $75,000
To support premiere performances of orchestral works and related educational activities. Three works by composers Elliott Carter, John Harbison, and Peter Lieberson will be premiered in three programs under the direction of Music Director James Levine.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $22,500
To support the premiere of a percussion concerto by composer Eric Ewazen and related educational activities. Titled Drums over the Niagara, the new work will be performed with Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Canton Symphony Orchestra, $11,000
To support a performance of composer Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs and related educational activities. The soloist will be mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor.

Chicago Sinfonietta (consortium), $10,000
To support chamber music concerts with dancers. In partnership with the Joffrey Ballet, a series of three concerts using four to eight musicians and one or two dancers will take place at the ballet's new facility in downtown Chicago.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $80,000
To support the Pierre Boulez 85th Birthday Tribute. Plans include a month-long series of concerts and related educational activities featuring works by French composer and conductor Boulez along with composers who influenced his creative development, and artists he has mentored.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $30,000
To support Main Stage to Your Stage, a series of performances and educational activities. Plans include programs that will pair classical masterworks with 20th-century works on subscription concerts as well as performances and residency activities in schools.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $45,000
To support stipends and training for musicians in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Through a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule, pre-professional musicians will be trained by orchestra musicians and guest conductors.

The Cleveland Orchestra, $52,500
To support the Contemporary Masterworks project of The Cleveland Orchestra. Emerging international composers will be featured in concert, including Cleveland native Susan Botti, Marc-Andre Dalbavic (France), Johannes Maria Staud (Austria), Julian Anderson (Britain), and Matthias Pintscher (German-born).

Colorado Symphony Orchestra, $17,500
To support performances of John Adam's On the Transmigration of Souls with related educational activities. Three performances of the work are planned together with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $15,000
To support the Contemporary Music Festival. In partnership with The Ohio State University, the five-day festival of new music will feature performances of works by composer-in-residence Augusta Read Thomas.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $22,500
To support the commissioning and premiere of a new work by Danish organist and composer Poul Ruders and a presentation of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto with related educational activities. The new work by Ruders will be a concerto for organ and orchestra and will feature Mary Preston, the symphony's resident organist as soloist.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $50,000
To support commissions, performances, and related educational activities. Composers whose works will be premiered include John Williams, Jennifer Higdon, Billy Childs, Roberto Sierra, John Corigliano, and Cindy McTee.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra, $12,500
To support Hollywood: Its Contributors & Influence on American Music, a series of concerts and educational activities. As part of the orchestra's multi-year Exploring our American Voice initiative, the series of events will explore American film music through concerts for adults and children.

Eugene Symphony Orchestra, $12,500
To support American Encounters: Steven Stucky. The series will include performances of Stucky's recent compositions, a radio broadcast, and educational activities by the composer.

Houston Symphony, $17,500
To support The Planets: An HD Odyssey. With recent high definition photography from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's fleet of planetary space probes projected above the stage, Holst's The Planets will be performed.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, $22,500
To support the commissioning and presentation of a new work by composer William Bolcom, performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, with related educational activities. The new work titled The Green Concerto will be scored for string trio and orchestra and will have multimedia elements created by Wendall Harrington.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, $16,000
To support a series of performances of new and rarely heard works and related educational activities. The two programs will be conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, and at Royce Hall on the University of California/Los Angeles campus in Westwood.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, $100,000
To support the Americas and Americans Festival with related educational activities. The six-week festival of orchestral, folk, and popular music concerts will be directed by incoming Music Director Gustavo Dudamel.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000
To support Made in Louisiana: A Musical Quilt. The concert will examine the ethnically diverse musical repertoire of New Orleans as experienced by the composer Louis Moreau Gottschalks.

Minnesota Orchestra, $42,500
To support the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. The professional development project will be co-directed by the institute's composer and new music adviser Aaron Jay Kernis and artistic planning associate Beth Cowart.

National Symphony Orchestra, $50,000
To support Perspectives, an artist residency with American composer John Adams. The residency will feature the Washington premieres of his orchestral works The Wound-Dresser, featuring baritone Eric Owens; City Noir; and Dharma at Big Sur with violinist Leila Josefowicz performing on a six-string electronic guitar.

New Century Chamber Orchestra, $12,500
To support the Featured Composer Residency by American composer William Bolcom. Activities will include the commissioning of a new work for the chamber orchestra and its premiere performances in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Shifting Patterns: Eastern and Western Cultural Influences in Contemporary American Music. Composers-in-residence Jin Hi Kim and Augusta Read Thomas will be involved with school residencies, chamber music concerts, and performances of commissioned chamber works.

New York Philharmonic, $70,000
To support an artist residency by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at the New York Philharmonic. The residency will include performances of violin concerti written specifically for her by composers Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Sebastian Currier.

New York Pops, $10,000
To support The Best of Lerner and Loewe, a concert program celebrating the collaborations between librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. Music director conductor Steven Reineke will direct the program at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Oakland East Bay Symphony, $16,000
To support a performance project celebrating music director Michael Morgan's 20th anniversary with the orchestra. The project will include world premieres of new work by composers Rebecca Mauleon and Benedikt Brydern.

Orange County's Pacific Symphony, $47,500
To support The Greatest Generation, an American composers festival. Programming will feature music composed during, and in response to, the Great Depression and World War II, as well as the premiere of a commissioned work echoing this theme by American composer Michael Daugherty.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $21,000
To support multi-state touring on the East Coast. The orchestra will perform concerts in multiple venues in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, $60,000
To support Philadelphia Firsts, the orchestra's first performances of works by composers Kalevi Aho, Richard Danielpour, and Bright Sheng. The concerts will be performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, $15,000
To support the concert presentation of George Frideric Handel's opera Orlando (1733). Under the direction of music director Nicholas McGegan, the performances on period instruments will be presented in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Palo Alto.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $50,000
To support the Composer of the Year, an artist residency with composer Richard Danielpour. The orchestra, with guest conductor Leonard Slatkin, will perform the composer's Pastime, a co-commissioned work with the Atlanta Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic which was premiered in 2006, and Rocking the Cradle (2007), which will be conducted by music director Manfred Honeck.

Post-Classical Ensemble (consortium), $13,500
To support Interpreting Liszt, a four-day music festival. In partnership with Georgetown University, the orchestra will provide lectures and performances of works by composer and virtuoso pianist Franz Liszt (1811-1886) on campus at the university and at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000
To support a community performance project featuring works by Chevalier de Saint Georges, Pastor Alonzo Morris, William Grant Still, Sergei Prokofiev, and George Gershwin. Under the direction of music director Michael Morgan, the orchestra will perform with the Paradise Baptist Church Choir at the Guild Theater and the Community Center Theater in Sacramento.

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, $27,500
To support the Living Composers Series. Performances will take place at Powell Hall in St. Louis and during a California tour and will comprise programs of contemporary composers' works juxtaposed with other masterpieces which demonstrate thematic or compositional links in the music or between composers.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $40,000
To support the Living Composers Project. The orchestra will perform new works by American composer Steven Stucky and Italian composer Michele Dall'Ongaro, as well as works by John Adams, Thomas Ades, Louis Andressen, and Gyorgy Kurtag.

San Francisco Symphony, $70,000
To support a composer residency by British composer George Benjamin. As part of the orchestra's Project San Francisco, the composer will conduct concerts of his works and participate in education programs during his two-week residency.

Seattle Symphony, $21,000
To support American Composers Project, featuring works by John Adams, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein. Music director Gerard Schwarz and guest conductor Robert Spano will lead orchestral performances, public lectures, and discussions at Benaroya Hall.

South Bend Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Remembered in Music: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The concert, for a full orchestra and chorus, will perform a program illustrating the ideals of Dr. King's philosophy of a unified and collaborative community.

South Carolina Philharmonic, $10,000
To support the commissioning, premiere, and recording of a new double piano concerto by American composer John Fitz Rogers. Music director Morihiko Nakahara will conduct the premiere performance featuring duo pianists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Tempesta di Mare (consortium), $8,000
To support Learning from Maestro Vivaldi. In partnership with Pro Musica Rara, performances will take place at two churches in Philadelphia and at Towson University Center for the Arts in Baltimore.


American Music Center, $27,500
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; the American Music Center Online Library, a searchable, encyclopedic database of contemporary American composers; and Counterstream Radio, an online radio station.

Association of California Symphony Orchestras, $27,500
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.

Astral Artistic Services, $10,000
To support solo recitals and orchestral concerts with roster artists as soloists in Philadelphia and New York City. Plans include solo recitals, concerts of piano trios, and orchestral performances with roster artists as soloists.

Bard Music Festival, $15,000
To support the Bard Music Festival. The festival will explore the world and music of Austrian composer Alban Berg and his contemporaries by presenting a range of musical forms including symphonic, orchestral, and choral concerts.

Bravo! Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek, $12,500
To support the 23rd 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, $13,500
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, $80,000
To support the Japan Festival. Maestro Seiji Ozawa will serve as artistic director of a festival of presentations showcasing Japan's cultural traditions alongside its openness to cutting-edge technologies and ideas.

Chorus America (consortium), $40,000
To support a conference collaboration for choruses and orchestras. Holding annual conferences simultaneously in Atlanta in June 2010, Chorus America and the League of American Orchestras will program cross-disciplinary events with content important to both groups.

Concert Artists Guild, $20,000
To support career development of emerging classical musicians through national concert engagements. In diverse venues across the country, 75 performance opportunities will enable 18 artists/ensembles on the Concert Artists Guild roster to polish their performance and communication skills.

Conductors Guild, $15,000
To support conductor training workshops. Participants will receive instruction from experienced conductors and have the opportunity to conduct orchestral, opera, and wind ensembles at venues around the country.

Early Music Foundation, $10,000
To support English and German Roots of the American Orchestra concerts. Two programs performed by the resident Orchestra of Original Instruments are planned of music from the 17th- through the early 19th-centuries with related educational activities.

Eastern Music Festival, $10,000
To support the Eastern Music Festival including concerts, educational, and outreach activities. The festival will feature chamber and orchestral concerts for adults and children by resident faculty musicians and guest artists.

Emmanuel Music, $10,000
To support presentations of the works of composers Joseph Haydn and Arnold Schoenberg with related educational activities. Solo piano and orchestral music will be presented highlighting the two Viennese composers.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, $50,000
To support Gospel Across America, a festival that will showcase and explore the impact of American gospel music. Artists will include Richard Smallwood with Vision; NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients Shirley Caesar and Mavis Staples; Kirk Franklin; the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, the National Symphony Orchestra; and Take Six, an a cappella ensemble.

Kent State University, $12,500
To support the professional development of advanced chamber music students at the Kent/Blossom Music program. Nationally selected, post-secondary music students will spend summer weeks under the mentorship and instruction of Cleveland Orchestra musicians, the Miami Quartet, and other prominent faculty members.

League of American Orchestras, $150,000
To support services designed to strengthen orchestras through learning and leadership development, research, and communications within the orchestra field. The League of American Orchestras will assist nearly 1,000 member orchestras of every size and type in all 50 states.

Meet The Composer, $50,000
To support the Creative Frontiers initiative. The program is designed to expand the service organization's reach by utilizing regional, virtual, and networking opportunities.

Monadnock Music, $15,000
To support free community concerts in rural southwestern New Hampshire towns in the Monadnock region. Summer concerts, performed by musicians in residence, will take place in churches and meeting houses during the two-month festival.

Ojai Festivals, $16,000
To support the Ojai Music Festival. The 64th annual music festival will feature the premiere of Little Hill, a new work by composer and conductor George Benjamin, who will serve as this year's festival music director.

OK Mozart International Festival, $12,500
To support the 26th annual OK Mozart International Festival. Performances will be held throughout the Bartlesville community and will include music for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and chorus.

Philharmonic Society of Orange County, $12,500
To support an artist residency, Steve Reich: A 75th Birthday Celebration. The project will feature a new work commissioned work by Reich composed for string quartet, premiered by the Kronos Quartet at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

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, $13,500
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.

Washington Chorus, $30,000
To support the Washington premiere of American composer Steven Stucky's oratorio August 4, 1964, written for orchestra, chorus, and four soloists. The performance, directed by music director Julian Wachner, will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Washington Performing Arts Society, $30,000
To support the presentation of orchestral concerts featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. All concerts will be performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Young Concert Artists, $30,000
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 career management for emerging classical performers and composers.