[ award winners ]

2009–2010

$7,500 Grants

Richard Rosenberg ’77MM, Conducting
To support Mr. Rosenberg’s research into the works of 19th-century American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, including recovery and editing of two unpublished, never-performed operas and numerous other works for military band and orchestra, with the final aim of publishing, performing and recording them.

$5,000 Grants

Adrian Anantawan ’06MM, Violin
To support the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative, a unique collaborative project at Bloorview Kids Rehab (Toronto) between a composer, musicians, researchers, music therapists, and a musically talented young person with disabilities. Funds will go towards the creation and performance of a new chamber work using the ‘Virtual Musical Instrument’ (VMI). The first of its kind in the world, the VMI allows children with special needs to translate physical gestures and movements into musical notes.

Theresa Calpotura ’06MM, Guitar
Yuri Liberzon ’07MM, Guitar
Steve Lin ’05MM, Guitar
To support the establishment of residencies in seven public schools located in the San Francisco Bay area. The funding will allow the presentation of 36 educational performances in classrooms, make free and discounted tickets available for students to attend classical music concerts, and help start a new non‐profit organization that will offer music performances and education to students and their families.

Dean Corey ’71MM, Horn
To support bringing ‘Musical Me,’ a non‐directed approach to music listening for use in the classroom (kindergarten to eighth grade), to ten more classrooms in Orange County, CA. ‘Musical Me’ is a five‐year program that includes selections from the early Renaissance to 21st-century music and can be used to enrich an existing program or fulfill a need where no music program exists.

Sarah Beth May ’98MM, Composition
Support for ‘Community College Composers – National Call for Scores,’ a nationwide composition competition specifically for community college students, encouraging the creation and performance of new music by students traditionally not afforded these opportunities. The three finalists will have their chamber works performed and the event will be hosted at Northwest Vista Community College, San Antonio, TX.

John-Michael Muller ’05MM, Violin
To support ‘Lantern Music,’ a project in Nanjing, China, for college‐aged musicians to receive chamber music coaching and also give outreach performances in local rural schools and migrant worker villages. The project will include 20 concerts, involve 20 college‐aged musicians, and present free, live classical music to over a thousand audience members.

Carsten Schmidt ’99DMA, Piano
Chester Biscardi ’80DMA, Composition
To support three educational projects of the Staunton Music Festival, VA: the SMF Emerging Composers Program for young composers with a gift for writing art song; the SMF Young Artist Fellowship program for pre-formed voice and piano duos in conjunction with a Schubert and Brahms Festival; and the SMF Music‐Story project, aimed at engaging primary and middle school children of Staunton in active listening to classical music.

Karisa Werdon ’05MM, Oboe
To support a new model of music education in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in New York City college preparatory schools. Funding will be used to introduce students to instruments they would otherwise not have the opportunity to study, sustaining lessons and band sectionals, allowing students to take field trips to concerts, and helping KIPP NYC host their end-of-year concert.

$4,000 Grants

Nicholas DiEugenio ’09MM, Violin
To support ‘Pieceworks,’ presenting therapeutic and educational concerts to injured soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital and Brooke Army Medical Center. The project revolves around the creation of a Quilt of Valor, which inspires the repertoire of the musical program and is presented to one injured soldier at the end of each performance. Each program also includes a newly commissioned work.

$3,500 Grants

Kirstin Fife ’84MM, Violin
To support the purchase of instruments for homeless children at Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center, Los Angeles, a transitional living program for homeless women and children. The children will participate in lessons over eight weeks, culminating in a chamber concert. The instruments will be donated to Hope Gardens to perpetuate the program.

Kimberly Perlak ’01MM, Guitar
To support the Holland Guitar project – Austin, TX, an educational project focused on the relevance of classical guitar to youth with special emphasis placed on its African‐American roots (Justin Holland, 19th-century African‐American guitarist/composer). During the two‐week project, each school will host a performance and discussion of Holland’s compositions, culminating in a one‐day arts festival featuring student performance, visual art and writing..

David Rentz ’05MM, Choral Conducting
To support C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a chorus dedicated to performing exclusively contemporary music, by funding its commissioning competition. Five finalists will be asked to write a new choral work, will participate in the rehearsal process, and will also receive a recording and a premiere performance of their work.

$3,000 Grants

Philip Stanger ’92MM, Guitar
To support Synch2Beep, a web application created by Mr. Stanger that uses ‘crowd sourcing’ (the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group/crowd of people in the form of an open call) in the world of music. The site facilitates submissions and communications from musicians all over the world for a variety of projects, thereby creating a global online community of musicians.