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Sphinx Announces Annual Excellence Awards

July 16, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, with a stated mission of “transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts,” has announced three recipients of the 2021 Medal of Excellence. The award, which includes a $50,000 … » Read

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Opera America IDEA Grants Deadline July 30

July 16, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The deadline to apply for Opera America’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) grants is fast approaching. Composer/librettists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American (ALAANA) and who can demonstrate … » Read

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NEA Announces Grants Postponed by the Pandemic

July 7, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced 1,144 new awards totaling more than $84mn to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. These grants are unrelated to the special funding … » Read

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Steven Schick Wins Columbia's Ditson Award

June 29, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Columbia University has awarded the 2020 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music to Steven Schick, conductor, author, and world-renowned percussionist. In announcing the selection, which carries with it a $5,000 … » Read

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Mahler Comp Underway, Americans Barred; Other Contests Move Online, Postpone

June 29, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Competition for conductors begins June 29, the first significant, in-person competition since the coronavirus lockdowns. Apart from the two American semifinalists barred from entering the EU due to the … » Read

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Cliburn Competition Ups the Ante--
A Lot

June 19, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
On June 17, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced a series of changes that will take effect for the 16 th competition, scheduled from May 27 to June 12, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. Among the most significant are a 94 percent … » Read

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American Pianists Ass'n Awards $50,000 to Five Finalists

June 15, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Back in March, just as the pandemic’s shut-down was hitting the industry, the American Pianists Association (APA) announced the five 2021 finalists who would, over the next 13 months, perform a variety of solo and ensemble concerts in … » Read

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Competitions: Moving Online, Postponed, or Cancelled

May 19, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Held online for the first time, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition concluded its 47th edition on May 10, awarding the $3,500 first prize in its senior string division to the Balourdet Quartet, a student ensemble at the Rice … » Read

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Curtis Establishes Alumni Relief Fund

May 18, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Curtis Institute has established a relief fund for its alumni. The Emergency Relief for Curtis Alumni (ERCA), which currently holds $500,000, much of it from trustees Nina and Lupo von Maltzahn, will provide grants of up … » Read

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“Virtu[al]oso,” a New, Virtual Piano Competition

May 7, 2020 | Zachary Lewis, Musical America
CLEVELAND--Yaron Kohlberg isn’t just president of Piano Cleveland, presenter of the now postponed, quadrennial Cleveland International Piano Competition. He’s also a pianist and a 2007 second-prize winner. The 29 participants (out of … » Read

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