Updated Jun 9, 2023

New Chief Conductor for Vienna Symphony

The Vienna Symphony has named Czech conductor Petr Popelka to be its chief conductor, starting next season in the position of designate and taking over in full as of 2024-25. He succeeds … »Read

Popular Composer of Vast, Chilly Soundscapes

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is one of the hottest commodities in today’s classical music world. The Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham … »Read

New Top Exec at Sharon's The Industry

The Los Angeles–based experimental opera producer  The Industry has selected Tim Griffin as its next executive director. He succeeds Cordelia Istel, who has served in an interim … »Read

An Elgar Masterwork by the Masters

LONDON--The Hallé has an unrivalled relationship with the music of Edward Elgar, and with The Dream of Gerontius in particular. Not only was the oratorio’s (notoriously underprepared) … »Read

Update on Diversity in American Orchestras: The Needle Barely Moves

The League of American Orchestras has issued a new report, Diversity in the Orchestra Field 2023. It reveals that, although relative progress has been made during the period from the 2013-14 … »Read

Changing of the Guard at the Academy of Vocal Arts

K. James (Kevin) McDowell is to retire as president and artistic director of the Academy of Vocal Arts, having transformed the near 90-year-old Philadelphia-based school during a remarkable, … »Read

New CEO for the Apollo Theater

The Apollo, the iconic Harlem performing arts center dedicated to Black arts and culture, has tapped Michelle Ebanks as its next president and CEO. Recently in the same position with Essence … »Read

French Director Creates Anti-American Butterfly

ATHENS – The Greek National Opera (GNO) opened the annual  Athens-Epidaurus Festival   on June 1 in the 5,000-seat Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an 1,800-year-old open-air performance … »Read

Garsington Hires ENO Casting Director; Royal Phil Taps Artist in Residence

Michelle Williams, head of casting for the English National Opera since 2016, is to be the new director of artistic administration for the Garsington Opera as of next September. She succeeds Laura … »Read

Safeway Alienates the Neighbors with Classical Music

Some businesses continue to weaponize classical music, using it to deter loiterers and in at least one case, antagonizing the neighborhood in the process. A resident of a San Francisco apartment … »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.

Elijah McCormack, male soprano
New Artist of the Month
June 2023
James Díaz, composer
New Artist of the Month
May 2023
Sameer Patel, conductor
New Artist of the Month
April 2023
Brandon Acker, plucked instrument specialist
New Artist of the Month
March 2023
Emma O'Halloran, composer
New Artist of the Month
February 2023
Anne Marie Stanley, mezzo-soprano
New Artist of the Month
January 2023
Nina Shekhar, composer
New Artist of the Month
December 2022
Zlatomir Fung, cellist
New Artist of the Month
November 2022
Jonathan Swensen, cellist
New Artist of the Month
October 2022
Lauren Fagan, soprano
New Artist of the Month
September 2022
Anna Geniushene, pianist
New Artist of the Month
August 2022
Limmie Pulliam, tenor
New Artist of the Month
July 2022


Since 1960, each year Musical America honors several outstanding musicians with an award for excellence.


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