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Finalists Announced for a Storied Competition, Live & Unmasked

November 6, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Now in its 60 th consecutive year of launching careers, Young Concert Artists this week has been live screening a group of singers and instrumentalists under the age of 30 chosen to participate in Sunday’s finals in Merkin Concert Hall. As … » Read

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MSM Names Hugh Masekela (Jazz) Scholars

November 4, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and the ELMA Music Foundation, in partnership with the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, have named two new “Masekela Scholars” for the 2020–21 academic year. Zoe Molelekwa (Jazz Arts, piano) … » Read

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The Compleat MTT on 'American Masters'

October 23, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Earlier this year, the pandemic quashed the celebratory retirement concerts for Michael Tilson Thomas’s 25 years as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. But not to fear: the maestro gets his due on Oct. 23 when the “American … » Read

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Competitions: Award Winners & New Deadlines

October 9, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Despite growing fears of a second wave of Covid-19 in France, La Maestra , a new international competition for women conductors, forged ahead Sept. 15-18. A joint project by the Philharmonie de Paris and the Paris Mozart Orchestra, the … » Read

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Ford, Bloomberg, et al. to Give $156M to Black, Latinx, Asian Arts Groups

September 25, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Sixteen major donors and foundations have combined resources to come up with over $156 million to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in response to the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. About half the amount is … » Read

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Music Theater Scholarship Results Deemed a 'White Wash'

September 24, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Sept. 18 decision by the Rob Guest Endowment to cancel this year’s competition for Australia’s richest musical theater scholarship has created a firestorm Down Under. The problems began in August, when the Endowment selected 30 … » Read

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Van Cliburn Competition Postponed to 2022

September 22, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Back in March when the repercussions of the pandemic began to become apparent and lockdown became rule of law, event planners everywhere adopted one or two of three strategies: reschedule, move online, or cancel. Most chose option one and/or two. … » Read

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Covid-19 or No, Key Conducting Competition Resurrected in Italy

September 17, 2020 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN--On November 16, 1956, Guido Cantelli was named music director of La Scala. On November 17, 1956, in his native Novara, he conducted his final concert. One week later, on his way to conduct the New York Philharmonic, he was killed when his … » Read

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Anthony McGill Wins 2020 Avery Fisher Prize

September 15, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize. He represents the only African American to receive the award, … » Read

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Competition Update: Virtual Wins & a Few New Contests

August 28, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Pianist Martin James Bartlett never got to greet Piano Cleveland audiences with a hearty “Hello Cleveland,” as immortalized in the 1984 film This is Spinal Tap . But the 24-year-old British pianist took first prize on August 9 in … » Read

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