Updated Feb 23, 2024

The Day of Wrath, Perfectly Executed

LONDON--A program that opens with nine minutes of Giacinto Scelsi and ends with 20 minutes of Galina Ustvolskaya is perhaps not for the fainthearted. Unless, of course, you are the intrepid … »Read

More Millions for the Cleveland O

A $4.6 million gift to the Cleveland Orchestra from Myrna and Jim Spira will help underwrite artistic programming, the pension and annual funds, and endow the Myrna and Jim Spira Bass Clarinet … »Read

New Artistic Leadership for Central City Opera

Central City Opera (CCO), apparently fully  recovered from its AGMA battles that nearly scuttled the 2023 season, has named stage director Alison Moritz as its new artistic director. The last … »Read

Two Choral Groups Lose Their Leaders

At the conclusion of the 2024-25 season, Neville Creed [pictured], for 30 years the artistic director of the London Philharmonic Choir, will retire. He will remain connected with choir as Chorus … »Read

NSO Plants Trees to Mitigate Environmental Damage from Tour

Beginning in early 2020, the pandemic shut down almost everything but online activities by symphony orchestras for nearly two years. During that time, there were several heartfelt musings by … »Read

New Music in the West Loop: Saxes and Trumpet Onstage

CHICAGO—Scott Johnson left us a year ago, and the musicians he touched are still saying goodbye. The composer and guitarist died in New York City on March 24, 2023 at the age of 70. Starting … »Read

Wallace Foundation Studies Audience Building & Finds No 'Magic Bullet'

In Search of the Magic Bullet , a report released by the Wallace Foundation, summarizes insights gained from a four-year initiative that saw the funder invest nearly $41 million in grants … »Read

City of Birmingham Arts Groups Face Drastic Cuts

The City of Birmingham (U.K.), which declared bankruptcy last September, has announced some drastic cuts over the next two years  to tackle a £300m budget shortfall. Arts groups are … »Read

Orchestra on Tour: A Logistical, Environmental Challenge

Taking a symphony orchestra on the road has many of the challenges of a small military campaign, fortunately without any of the attendant bloodshed. When the National Symphony Orchestra recently … »Read

Met Opera in 2024-25: 6 New Stagings, 4 New Directors

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 season, which opens September 23 with Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded , continues emphasizing contemporary operas, this time all tried and tweaked elsewhere … »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.

Sarah Dufresne, soprano
New Artist of the Month
February 2024
Ben Goldscheider, horn player
New Artist of the Month
January 2024
William Thomas, bass
New Artist of the Month
December 2023
Jonas Frølund, clarinetist
New Artist of the Month
November 2023
Stephanie Childress, conductor
New Artist of the Month
October 2023
Lee Reynolds, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2023
Hillary Simms, trombonist
New Artist of the Month
August 2023
Huang Yi, conductor
New Artist of the Month
July 2023
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


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