Updated Apr 7, 2020

Opera Theater of St. Louis Cancels 2020 Season

Hope for the dissipation of the coronavirus contines to fade, as orchestras and opera companies announce the cancellations of their subscription series. Festivals, too, are beginning to follow … »Read

Indianapolis Symphony Musicians Put on Unpaid Furlough

The Indianapolis Symphony, whose performances have been cancelled through May 27, has  placed its musicians and stagehands on unpaid furlough and laid off about half of its administrative … »Read

National Symphony Orchestra
Musicians Reinstated. Updated

Score One for the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra musicians, the first group of employees to be furloughed by Kennedy Center on the very day the CARES Act was signed. A statement … »Read

NY Phil Reinstates 2 Fired Players

The New York Philharmonic has been forced to reinstate the two musicians it  fired in September 2018, principal oboe Liang Wang and associate principal trumpet Matthew Muckey. Beyond citing … »Read

'Nick' Webster, Former NY Phil Chief, Has Died

Albert K. (“Nick”) Webster, chief administrator of the New York Philharmonic from 1975-1990, died on April 3. He was in his early 90s. Webster arrived at the Philharmonic in 1962 as … »Read

Three Orchestras, Three New Conductors

In some rare but welcome business-as-usual news, three orchestras have named new key conductors within the last 48 hours. Up first was Denmark’s   Odense Symphony Orchestra, which named … »Read

Pauline Oliveros's Lunar Opera Presented Tonight as Fund Raiser

On April 7, over 250 artists will gather online for a performance of Pauline Oliveros’s six-hour The Lunar Opera: Deep Listening for _Tunes . The brainchild of Sean Griffin, a founder of the … »Read

Austrian Arts Groups Cancel Seasons Though June

At a press conference today, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a ban on all public events in the country through the end of June. As a result, the following organizations have announced … »Read

Salzburg Whitsun Festival Cancelled

With Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s order today that all public events are banned through the end of June, Cecilia Bartoli, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, … »Read

Thanks to Covid-19, Brown Paper Tickets Is a 'Mess'

During the past several weeks, Brown Paper Tickets (BPT), a grass-roots ticketing alternative to such industry giants as Ticketmaster, has encountered a perfect storm. The wave of concert … »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.

Theo Hoffman, baritone
New Artist of the Month
April 2020
Zack Winokur, director
New Artist of the Month
March 2020
John Brancy, baritone
New Artist of the Month
February 2020
Maxim Lando, pianist
New Artist of the Month
January 2020
Hao Zhou, violinist
New Artist of the Month
December 2019
Michele Gamba, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2019
Lucia Lucas, baritone
New Artist of the Month
October 2019
María Dueñas, violinist
New Artist of the Month
September 2019
Elena Schwarz, conductor
New Artist of the Month
August 2019
Salome Jicia, soprano
New Artist of the Month
July 2019
Gabriella Smith, composer
New Artist of the Month
June 2019
Emmet Cohen, pianist
New Artist of the Month
May 2019


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