CMA Announces Grantees for 2021 Performance Plus and Ensemble Forward Programs

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nichole Knight

New York, NY (February 8, 2021)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $320,900 through its two professional development grant programs, Performance Plus and Ensemble Forward, which focus on strengthening and supporting the artistic development of ensembles at pivotal stages in their careers.

Details for each program, as well as the 2021 grantees follow:

Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

2021 Performance Plus Grantee Photos

2021 Performance Plus Grantees (L-R as listed)

A total of $233,700 was awarded to 15 ensembles through the Performance Plus program, which supports U.S.-based female-led jazz ensembles by connecting them with an experienced jazz artist-educator for six evaluative listening sessions with the goal of enhancing the ensemble’s performance. The listening sessions will culminate in a recording session resulting in a high-quality demo for use by the grantee ensemble.

Alex Hamburger Quartet (Silver Spring, MD)
Leader: Alex Hamburger | Artist-Educator: Ingrid Jensen

Annie Booth Sextet (Lakewood, CO)
Leader: Annie Booth | Artist-Educator: Art Lande

Caroline Davis' Portals (Brooklyn, NY)
Leader: Caroline Davis | Artist-Educator: Nicole Mitchell

The Christie Dashiell Quartet (Silver Spring, MD)
Leader: Christie Dashiell | Artist-Educator: Dianne Reeves

Diana Herold & Helium (Amenia, NY)
Leader: Diana Herold | Artist-Educator: Steve Nelson

Emi Makabe Ensemble (Brooklyn, NY)
Leader: Emi Makabe | Artist-Educator: Jason Moran

Janice Maisonet and The Galactic Trio (San Juan, PR)
Leader: Janice Maisonet | Artist-Educator: William Cepeda

JAZZphoria (Pinole, CA)
Leader: Jean Fineberg | Artist-Educator: Ellen Seeling

Jazz Xpressions (Youngsville, NC)
Leader: Lydia Salett Dudley | Artist-Educator: Carmen Lundy

Lisa Parrott's 'We Love Ornette!' Project (Brooklyn, NY)
Leader: Lisa Parrott | Artist-Educator: Denardo Coleman

Lucy Yeghiazaryan Quartet (New York, NY)
Leader: Lucy Yeghiazaryan | Artist-Educator: Houston Person

The Mimi Jones Band (Bronx, NY)
Leader: Mimi Jones | Artist-Educator: Rufus Reid

Sonic Asylum (New York, NY)
Leader: Arcoiris Sandoval | Artist-Educator: Billy Childs

Voba (Maplewood, NJ)
Leader: Suzzanne Douglas | Artist-Educator: Kate McGarry

VORTEX (Brooklyn, NY)
Leader: Shoko Nagai | Artist-Educator: Patrick Zimmerli

Funded by The New York Community Trust

2021 Ensemble Forward Grantee Photos

2021 Ensemble Forward Grantees (L-R as listed)

Eighteen grants totaling $87,200 have been awarded through the Ensemble Forward program, an initiative built to support young New York City-based ensembles that perform Western European classical and contemporary chamber music. CMA provides grant funds for the ensembles to work with established chamber music coaches to help them develop their distinctive ensemble sound. In addition, the grant offers information and resources to help the ensembles build their careers and creates networking opportunities to enlarge their professional circles. All grantee ensembles are based in New York City.

American Stories
Coach: Nadia Sirota | Instrumentation: Violin, piano

Apply Triangle
Coach: Andy Kozar | Instrumentation: Flutes, clarinets, piano/keyboard

Bowery Trio
Coach: Pavel Vinnitsky | Instrumentation: Clarinet, cello, piano

Coach: Monica Ellis | Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn

Dara Hankins & Kyle P. Walker Duo
Coach: Astrid Schween | Instrumentation: Cello, piano

Coach: John Pickford Richards | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello

Esenca Duo
Coach: João Luiz | Instrumentation: Flute, guitar

Coach: Tyshawn Sorey | Instrumentation: Violin, piano

Coach: David Bloom | Instrumentation: Soprano, countertenor/percussion/electronics, flutes/harp/percussion/voice, flutes/percussion/voice, clarinets/electronics, violin/electronics, violin, viola, cello, piano/synthesizer/keyboards

Coach: Zara Lawler | Instrumentation: Flute, cello

Lotus Chamber Music Collective
Coach: Curtis Stewart | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello

Pathos Trio
Coach: Eric Cha-Beach | Instrumentation: Piano, two percussion

Project eGALitarian
Coach: Eric Reed | Instrumentation: Two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba

Spark Duo
Coach: Caleb Burhans | Instrumentation: Trumpet, clarinet/bass clarinet, electronics

Sputter Box
Coach: Nick Revel | Instrumentation: Soprano, clarinets, percussion

The Brass Project
Coach: Raymond Mase | Instrumentation: Two trumpets, French horn, two trombones, tuba

Trio Solace
Coach: Jeffrey Zeigler | Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano

Troika Percussion
Coach: Maria Finkelmeier | Instrumentation: Percussion trio

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, strengthen, and support the chamber music community. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions —including western and non-western classical, contemporary, jazz, and evolving genres. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications including Chamber Music magazine and the weekly e-newsletter, Accent.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

A public charity,The New York Community Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. It is a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.