Small change for farflung orchestras

Small change for farflung orchestras


norman lebrecht

October 22, 2014

The League of American Orchestras has just announced pairing grants for 12 composers and orchestras. Good idea. Helps get the new music out there. But the amount is just $7,500 per orchestra. Barely enough to pay for one extra orch rehearsal and a new outfit for the composer… Is that going to make a difference?

The ‘lucky’ comps and orchs are:

Clarice Assad and Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Douglas Cuomo and Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago)
Annie Gosfield and Chautauqua Symphony (NY)
Takuma Itoh and Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Jingjing Luo and Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ)
Missy Mazzoli and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Rick Robinson and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston)
Carl Schimmel and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (New Orleans) 
Laura Schwendinger and Richmond Symphony Orchestra (VA)
Derrick Spiva and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra    
Sumi Tonooka and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (Sioux Falls)
Dan Visconti and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (Little Rock)

press release follows




New York, NY (October 22, 2014) – Twelve orchestras and composers have been selected to receiveMusic Alive: New Partnerships grants of $7,500 each, the League of American Orchestras andNew Music USA announced today. Matching composers and orchestras who have not previously worked together, the program will support a series of one-week residencies between 2014 and 2016, each culminating in the performance of an orchestral work from the composer’s catalog. Orchestras with operating budgets of approximately $7 million and below were eligible to apply.
“These new Music Alive residencies provide communities across the country with invaluable opportunities to hear the music of our time while connecting in-person with these talented composers,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Supporting orchestras in their commitment to perform the works of living American composers has always been an institutional priority for the League, with programs such as Ford Made in America and the ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming historically playing an important role at the organization.”


  • Rooter says:

    How about the Southern North Dakota Phil.??

  • David FIsk says:

    Well, every dollar counts, Norman, and we’re happy to have been selected! (But I’m amused by your adjective. Farflung from each other I’ll grant you, since Richmond VA, Los Angeles, Chicago etc are hardly remote locations).