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Spotlight: Contests & Awards
1st Berliner International Music Competition

Berlin Philharmonie
Piano • Strings • Voice
No travel required (video selection)
Winners' recitals: June 14, 2017
Deadline: March 10, 2017
info@berlinercompetition.com

Spotlight: Contests & Awards
Olga Kern International Piano Competition

PO Box 14314
Albuquerque, NM 87191-4314
UNITED STATES
(505) 814-5355


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Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute

2 Cove Rd.
South Salem, NY 10590-1023
(914) 582-3915

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Sitka Summer Music Festival

PO Box 3333
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-6774


Spotlight: Music Schools & Departments
Boston Conservatory at Berklee

8 Fenway
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 912-9153


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Spotlight: Musical Instruments, Accessories, Cases & Repairs
Yamaha Corp. of America

6600 Orangethorpe Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620


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Scholarships and Grants

Musical America routinely updates the list of scholarships and grants in an effort to keep current and ensure opportunities for musicians. If you know of a scholarship or grant not mentioned in our lists, please send us a message.

Performing Arts Industry Events and Conferences

January 4-6, 2018 Fort Worth, TX Conductors Guild Annual Conference
January 4-7, 2018 New York, NY Chamber Music America
January 4-7, 2018 New Orleans, LA National Opera Association Annual Convention
January 12-16, 2018 New York, NY Arts Presenters Conference
January 23-25, 2018 Baltimore, MD International Ticketing Association Annual Conference
January 25-28, 2018 Anaheim, CA National Association of Music Merchants Show
January 31-February 4, 2018 Portland, OR Music Library Association Annual Meeting
February 17-21, 2018 Boston, MA National Association for Campus Activities National Convention
March 7-10, 2018 Fort Worth, TX American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 7-10, 2018 Atlanta, GA American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 14-17, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
March 17-21, 2018 Orlando, FL National Association of Broadcasters Show
April 7-12, 2018 Las Vegas, NV National Association of Broadcasters Show
May 7-11, 2018 Minneapolis, MN International Congress on Acoustics
May 23-25, 2018 Edmonton, AB Canadian University Music Society Conference
May 23-26, 2018 Milan, Italy Audio Engineering Society Convention
May 24-28, 2018 Minneapolis, MN Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference
May 30 - June 1, 2018 Calgary, AB Orchestras Canada National Meeting
June 6-9, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Dance/USA Annual Conference
June 8-10, 2018 Denver, CO Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
June 11-15, 2018 Leeuwarden, Netherlands International Society for the Performing Arts
June 13-15, 2018 Chicago, IL League of American Orchestras Annual Conference
June 14-16, 2018 St. Louis, MO Theatre Communications Group National Conference
June 15-17, 2018 Denver, CO Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
June 18-23, 2018 Louisville, KY Guitar Foundation of America Convention
June 20-23, 2018 Chicago, IL Chorus America Conference
June 20-23, 2018 St Louis, MO Opera America
June 22-26, 2018 Las Vegas, NV National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference
June 25-30, 2018 Chicago, IL Musica Sacra Conference
June 27-30, 2018 Redlands, CA American Harp Society Conference
July 2-6, 2018 Kansas City, MO American Guild of Organists
July 6-11, 2018 Ostend, Belgium ClarinetFest Conference 2017
July 11-14, 2018 Lancaster, PA Piano Technicians Guild Convention
July 15-18, 2018 Austin, TX League of Historic American Theaters Annual Conference
July 15-19, 2018 St. Louis, MO The Hymn Society Annual Conference
July 22-25, 2018 Toronto, ON International Association of Venue Managers Conference
August 9-11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conference
August 9-12, 2018 Orlando, FL National Flute Association Conference
August 23-25, 2018 Brazil International Tuba-Euphonium Conference
August 26-29, 2018 Chicago, IL InterNoise Conference 2018
August 27-30, 2018 Las Vegas, NV Western Arts Alliance Conference
August 28 September 1, 2018 Granada, Spain International Double Reed Society Annual Conference
September 5-8, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Arts Midwest Conference
September 25-28, 2018 Orlando, FL Radio Show
October 1-4, 2018 Orlando, FL Performing Arts Exchange
October 8-11, 2018 Eugene, OR Arts Northwest Annual Conference
October 11-13, 2018 Vancouver, BC College Music Society National Conference
November 1-4, 2018 San Antonio, TX Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
November 1-4, 2018 San Antonio, TX American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 3-4, 2018 Seattle, WA National Council of Acoustical Consultants Conference
November 12-17, 2018 Montreal, QC CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) 
November 12-17, 2018 Montreal, QC Canadian Arts Presenting Association
November 14-17, 2018 Baltimore, MD Conference for Community Arts Education
November 15-18, 2018 Dallas, TX American Music Therapy Association Conference
November 15-18, 2018 Albuquerque, NM Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
November 16-20, 2018 Washington, DC National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting
February 27 - March 2, 2019 Kansas City, MO American Choral Directors Association National Conference
March 6-9, 2019 Denver, CO American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 16-20, 2019 Spokane, WA MTNA National Conference
March 20-23, 2019 Louisville, KY US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference

Ask Edna
Edna Landau’s blog
Edna LandauEdna Landau—doyenne of the music business, long-time managing director of IMG Artists and director of career development at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles—writes Ask Edna exclusively for MusicalAmerica.com to provide invaluable advice to music students and young professional artists. Read more about Edna’s impact on the performing arts.

Send your questions to Edna Landau at AskEdna@MusicalAmerica.com and she’ll answer through Ask Edna. Click the links below to read Edna’s recent columns on the critical aspects of launching and managing and professional music career.

Arts Administration

Career Etiquette

Communicating with Your Audience

Finding a Manager

For Chamber Music Ensembles

Listening to Your Inner Voice

Managing Your Own Career

Publicity and Promotion

The Orchestral World

When It Comes to Recording

During Edna’s 23 years as managing director of IMG Artists, she personally looked after the career of violinist, Itzhak Perlman and launched the careers of musicians such as pianists Evgeny Kissin and Lang Lang, violinist Hilary Hahn, and conductors Franz Welser-Mõst and Alan Gilbert.

Edna believes young musicians can grow their own careers, with “hard work, blind faith, passion for the cause, incessant networking and a vision that refuse[s] to be tarnished by naysayers.”

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New Artist of the Month: Vocalist Lucy Dhegrae

January 1, 2018 | By Bruce Hodges, Musical America

“It's not about the 'beautiful' voice; it's about what the voice can do,” says Lucy Dhegrae, singer and director of the annual Resonant Bodies Festival. Dhegrae founded RBF in 2013 with the idea of “challenging and transforming the role of the vocal recitalist,” not to mention the listening context of the audience. Singers express themselves freely, with few artistic boundaries or outside input.

The festival is comprised of a series of concerts over a three-day period. Each concert features three vocalists, who curate his or her own 45-minute sets of what is generally unusual, cutting-edge repertoire—with or without other musicians, visual elements, or choreography, as they see fit. The result is a festival humming with the energy of dozens of the world's most creative vocalists, including Dhegrae. She is a savvy administrator and fundraiser as well: Initially a New York City phenomenon, RBFs have now blossomed in Chicago, Los Angeles, Banff, and Sydney.  

Last fall in New York, for example, Hai-Ting Chinn introduced her fanciful Science Project: An Opera with Experiments (her first crack at composition), in which she donned a hoop skirt with orbiting planets, and sang texts by Carl Sagan, while playful graphics on an overhead screen evoked a chalkboard. In 2016, tenor Peter Tantsits, a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, chose Milton Babbitt's knotty 1961 Vision and Prayer as the centerpiece of a set that included works by William Croft, Anna Thorvaldsdottír, and Pascal Dusapin—with Henry Purcell thrown in as an outlier.

A memorable, sold-out opening to the 2015 festival featured sopranos Tony Arnold, Lucy Shelton, and Dawn Upshaw. Arnold chose an eclectic program of Jason Eckardt, John Cage, and Beat Furrer. Shelton unveiled three world premieres, from Susan Botti, Eric Nathan, and Icli Zitella. And Upshaw showcased a world premiere from Sheila Silver, and a recent work by Shawn Jaeger (who happens to be Dhegrae's husband).

Dhegrae grew up in Lansing, MI. “My great-grandmother (on my mom's side) was a professional contralto,” she says, describing a family fully comfortable being onstage. “My grandmother was a dancer and performer. My mom was always in choirs and took me as a baby to rehearsals. I grew up singing in choirs.

“I got into doing classical voice because I was a kind of failed pianist—I quit piano because of back problems—and began singing late in my junior year of high school, and then started winning prizes. I also did flute for awhile, since if you did marching band, you could get out of gym…[plus] I could play piccolo and tuck it into my pocket.”

She also explored jazz, both on both piano and flute, and played in a high school jazz trio. “Wynton Marsalis came to our high school, Wycliffe Gordon, too. I didn't have a typical singer path.” At one point she even considered going into medicine—specifically laryngology.

Dhegrae holds a BM (2008) in vocal performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance and an MM (2012) from Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. For the record, she prefers the term vocalist to soprano.

Music is not all that informs Dhegrae's far-reaching mind. She is surprisingly candid about an incident of sexual assault that took place ten years ago, and about the process of putting her life back together. “What happens when you're the victim of an assault is that you're kind of cut off—you have to bring your body back. I did a lot of body-based therapy [as opposed to talk therapy], which made a huge difference. The idea is not to stigmatize healing.”

“I feel like people don't know how to heal, or what is possible.”

She adds, referencing the recent news about James Levine, “When someone who has committed multiple acts of sexual violence goes unchecked, you can bet that there are dozens of people standing by—I’m not talking about the victims—actively looking the other way. It is this culture that we have to change. We all have to be more comfortable speaking out, carrying as Peter Sellars says, 'a zone of justice' around us at all times.”

The incident has inspired her to create a 45-minute piece, based on the best-selling book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD. Five brief vignettes will be linked with live electronic interludes by composer Angélica Negrón.

Simultaneously, her solo career continues. Last fall she was luminous in two recent works, The Cold Pane (2013) by Shawn Jaeger and Waterlines (2005/2012) by Christopher Trapani, both with the Talea Ensemble. In March 2018 she will make her first trip to India, to appear in the inaugural Panorama Punjab festival. She is also commissioning new works by women, and is a regular with the 21-member new music group, Contemporaneous, founded by conductor David Bloom.

In April 2018, Resonant Bodies will storm Chicago for the first time, appearing at Constellation, a venue aligned with contemporary music and jazz. Among the nine notable artists are Alejandro Acierto, Sophia Burgos, and Pamela Z. In addition, RBF has an ongoing database of contemporary vocal music—currently 868 works and counting, from over 300 composers worldwide.

Dhegrae beams, “I'm proudest of the way that we do the curation, giving freedom to the artists. So often that's not the case. I'm proud that we give the singers control over things they're passionate about. Their performances have energy. They take risks.” And that’s exactly the point.

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