Updated May 28, 2024

2024 Beverly Sills Award Announced

Leah Hawkins has been awarded the Met Opera's 2024, $50,000 Beverly Sills Award. Her 2023-24 Met performances were in Verdi’s Requiem, as soprano soloist, and as Louise/Betty in the house … »Read

Peter Sellars Stages the Road to the Apocalypse

Environmental themes run through much of director Peter Sellars’s work. In his 2019 Salzburg Idomeneo , the god Neptune sought revenge on the human race for spoiling the oceans. His libretto … »Read

Symphony Percussionist Denied Tenure Will Fight Back

In classical music, the infrequency with which a Black musician finds individual success is all too well known. Blind orchestra auditions may have helped to increase the number of women in … »Read

Virginia Opera CEO to Exit

Peggy Kriha Miller, who joined the Virginia Opera as general director and CEO in October 2020, will be leaving in 2025, citing her desire to prioritize her family. Miller, who succeeded President … »Read

MET O Concertmaster Grabs Another Conducting Gig

David Chan, concertmaster of New York’s MET Orchestra for the past 24 years, is expanding his portfolio as a conductor, becoming the new principal conductor for the Apollo Orchestra. Since … »Read

At 75, NYC Ballet Is in Peak Form

NEW YORK (AP)—The New York City Ballet is on a roll, celebrating its 75 th anniversary with artistic and fiscal health, much credit due to its artistic leaders of the past five years, … »Read

Justice Dept. Sues Live Nation/Ticketmaster

WASHINGTON (AP)— The Justice Department sued Ticketmaster and its parent company last week,  accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America and asking a court … »Read

Herb Albert School Gets $5M

Berry Gordy, founder of Motown, formerly Motown Records, has pledged a $5 million gift to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, established as a standalone music school in 2008 by a gift of $30 … »Read

Florida Grand Opera Elevates Its Interim

Florida Grand Opera, now in its 82 nd season, has promoted its interim general director to the post permanently. Maria Todaro arrived last October taking over from Susan Danis, whose emphasis on … »Read

Homeless Man Sues Classical Music Blaster

All Bruce Gaylord, currently living in a homeless encampment in San Rafael, CA., wanted was a good night’s sleep. But on Friday, May 17, the neighboring East Bay Tire Company had introduced … »Read



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Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard of the New Artist of the Month before, we predict you will soon.

Ian Niederhoffer, conductor
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May 2024
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New Artists of the Month
April 2024
Sarah Saviet, violinist
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March 2024
Sarah Dufresne, soprano
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February 2024
Ben Goldscheider, horn player
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January 2024
William Thomas, bass
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December 2023
Jonas Frølund, clarinetist
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November 2023
Stephanie Childress, conductor
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October 2023
Lee Reynolds, conductor
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September 2023
Hillary Simms, trombonist
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August 2023
Huang Yi, conductor
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July 2023
Elijah McCormack, male soprano
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June 2023


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