CMA Announces $450,000 in Grants for Residencies and Commissions

Thirty U.S.-based ensembles and presenters receive support

Classical/Contemporary: Susan Dadian, program director
212.242.2022 ext 13; sdadian@chamber-music.org
Jazz: Jeanette Vuocolo, program director
212.242.2022 ext 17, jvuocolo@chamber-music.org

NEW YORK, NY — Chamber Music America (CMA), celebrating its 34th year of service to ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of grants supporting the composition of new works and ensembles’ community-based residencies. CMA will distribute $450,000 to ensembles and presenters through three of its major grant programs: Residency Partnership, Classical Commissioning, and New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development. The grantees were selected this spring by independent review panels of musicians and other music professionals.


Grants totaling $90,904 have been awarded to eight presenters and four ensembles for projects presenting classical/contemporary, jazz, and/or or world music activities outside traditional performance venues and in community settings, with the goal of broadening public appreciation for small-ensemble music.

The program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Following are the 2011 grant recipients and their residency projects:

Contemporary Arts, Inc. (presenter; Baltimore, MD) 
Residency Location: Baltimore
Project: Jazz clinics and concerts for students and the general public
Ensemble Partner: Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra
Community Partners: Randallstown High School, Jubilee Arts, Maryland Academy of Music and School
Grantee contact: Barbara Harrell Grubbs, executive director bhgrubbs@verizon.net

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association (presenter; Dawson, MN)
Residency Location: Dawson and Boyd, MN
Project: chamber music coaching for local student and adult amateur string players in small rural communities; performances for general public and seniors
Ensemble Partner: Artaria Quartet
Community Partners: Dawson-Boyd High School string program; Johnson Memorial Health Services
Grantee contact: Luanne Fondell, performing arts director lfondell@dwby.k12.mn.us

Firebird Ensemble (ensemble; Cambridge, MA)
Residency Location: various New Hampshire venues
Project: music for underserved New Hampshire residents, including the homeless, mental health center inpatients, children and seniors
Community Partners: The Walden School; Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; Crotched Mountain; Keene Public Library; Hundred Nights/ Open Door (homeless center); RiverMead Retirement Community
Grantee contact: Kate Vincent, director firebirdensemble@yahoo.com

Grand Canyon Music Festival (presenter; Grand Canyon, AZ)
Project: masterclasses on Latin American and Caribbean musical forms for students and elders
Ensemble Partner: Duo Binelli-Ferman, bandoneon and piano
Community Partners: Grand Canyon Unified School District, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (a public middle and high school); The Peaks Assisted Living Community
Grantee contact: Clare Hoffman, artistic director clare@i-2000.com

Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture (presenter; Chicago, IL)
Residency Location: Chicago’s South Side
Project: Jazz activities and performance, in accessible community settings
Ensemble Partner: Geof Bradfield’s African Flowers
Community Partners: Hyde Park School of Dance, Kenwood Academy, Hyde Park Jazz Society
Grantee contact: Irene Sherr, executive director irene@hypachicago.org

Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (ensemble; Brooklyn, NY)
Residency Location: Plainville, MA
Project: A celebration of the applicant’s hometown, Plainville, via student-generated music, visual art, and writing
Community Partners: Plainville public schools, Lion’s Club.
Grantee contact: jeremy@jeremyudden.com

Morehead State University (presenter; Morehead, KY)
Residency Location: Rowan County, KY
Project: performances integrating the folk music of eastern Kentucky
Ensemble Partner: Cavani String Quartet (Carbondale, IL)
Community Partners: Rowan County Public Schools; Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Morehouse State University and Community Orchestra.
Grantee contact: Dr. Gordon Towell, professor of music g.towell@moreheadstate.edu

The Cavani String Quartet, as the top-ranked string quartet applicant to the Residency Partnership Program, receives the Guarneri String Quartet Residency grant, made possible by a generous gift from the Sewell Family Foundation.)

New Trad Octet (ensemble; Brooklyn, NY)
Residency Location: Brooklyn
Project: six-week course for elementary school students, using music to illustrate cultural blending in American culture
Community Partners: NYC Public School 8, Community Roots School, Brighter Choice Community School
Grantee contact: Jeff Newell, director jeff@new-trad.com

NYJAZZ Initiative (presenter; New York, NY)
Residency Location: Manhattan Project: A jazz residency in K-12 public schools
Ensemble Partner: The NY Jazz Quintet
Community Partners: Public School District 3, NYC
Grantee contact: Rob Derke, artistic director, robderke@nyjazz.org

Orlando Chamber Soloists (ensemble; Orlando, FL)
Residency Location: Various venues throughout the Black Hills and Pine Ridge Reservations, SD
Project: Classical concerts, educational programs for children and families, professional development/apprentice program
Community Partners: Apple Springs Resort; Dahl Arts Center; SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Clubs; Black Hills Children’s Home
Grantee contact: Michael Hill BassOrlando@aol.com

Rockport Music (presenter; Rockport, MA)
Residency Location: Boston’s North Shore
Project: Interdisciplinary, interactive performances for public school children; free community concert
Ensemble Partner: Hausmann Quartet
Community Partners: Rockport Public Schools, Gloucester Public Schools, Pathways for Children; Salem Public Schools
Grantee contact: Stephanie Woolf, director of education, swoolf@rockportmusic.org

UW World Series (presenter; Seattle, WA)
Residency Location: Seattle
Project: chamber music and orchestra coaching; concerts; community performances
Ensemble Partner: Marian Anderson String Quartet (Bryan, TX)
Community Partners: Bailey-Gatzert Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Seattle Music Partners, Ladies Musical Club
Grantee contact: Andrea Hermanson, institutional giving officer, aherman@uw.edu


A total of $159,550 was awarded to nine ensembles and presenters chosen from among 91 applications. The program provides support to U.S.-based professional classical, contemporary and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.

The Classical Commissioning Program is made possible through the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Following are the program’s 2011 grant recipients and the composers they have commissioned:

Anubis Quartet (ensemble; Chicago, IL)
Instrumentation: saxophone quartet
Composer: Marcus Balter
Grantee contact: David Wegehaupt, administrative managerdavid.wegehaupt@gmail.com

Bang on a Can All-Stars (ensemble; Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: cello, double-bass, piano, guitar, clarinets, percussion and electronics
Composer: Tyondai Braxton
Grantee contact: Tim Thomas, director of development tim@bangonancan.org

Brooklyn Rider (ensemble; Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: string quartet
Composer: Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin
Grantee contact: Nicholas Cords, violist nicholascords@me.com

Chintimini Chamber Music (presenter; Corvallis, OR)
Composer: Kenji Bunch
Collaborating Ensemble: Ivy Street Ensemble (Denver, CO)
Instrumentation: violin, viola, piccolo, flute and alto flute
Grantee contact: Joan Caldwell, chair dcaldwell26@comcast.et

Dilijan Chamber Music Series (presenter; Glendale, CA)
Composer: Gabriela Lena Frank
Collaborating Ensemble: Arnold/Pogossian Duo
Instrumentation: soprano, violin, and percussion
Grantee contact: Vatsche Barsoumian, executive director dilijan@larkmusicalsociety.com

Duo Diorama (ensemble; Chicago, IL)
Composer: Huang Ruo
Instrumentation: violin and piano
Grantee contact: Winston Choi, pianist wichoi@yahoo.com

The Gramercy Trio (ensemble; Newton, MA)
Instrumentation: piano trio
Composer: Gunther Schuller
Grantee contact: Sharan Leventhal, violinist info@gramercytrio.com 

janus trio (ensemble; Bozrah, CT)
Instrumentation: flute, viola and harp
Composer: Paul Lansky
Grantee contact: Amanda Baker Amanda@janustrio.org

Parker Quartet (ensemble; Saint Paul, MN)
Instrumentation: string quartet
Composer: Jeremy Gill
Grantee contact: Karen Kim, violinist kkim52@gmail.com


Nine composer/musicians were selected from among 116 applicants to receive a total of $199,500 for the creation and performance of new works in the jazz idiom. The program also funds activities that extend the life of the work and allow the ensemble leader to acquire or increase career-related business skills.

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, the New Jazz Works program is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Following are the musician/composers who have received 2011 New Jazz Works grants to create works for their ensembles:

Bobby Avey (Brooklyn, NY)
Composing for: The Bobby Avey Ensemble (Bobby Avey, piano; Thomson Kneeland, bass; Jordan Perlson, drums) and guest artists Ben Monder, guitar, and Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone
Grantee contact: bobbyavey@gmail.com

Alan Blackman (Baltimore, MD)
Composing for: Blackman, Murray, Russo (Alan Blackman, piano, Fender Rhodes; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums) and guest artists Donny McCaslin, saxophone, and Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Grantee contact: iplayjazzpiano@hotmail.com

Geof Bradfield (Chicago, IL)
Composing for: The Geof Bradfield Ensemble (Geof Bradfield, saxophones, woodwinds; Victor Garcia, trumpet, percussion; Jeff Parker, guitar; Ryan Cohan, piano; Clark Sommers, bass; George Fludas, drums, percussion) and guest artist Vincent Gardner, trombone
Grantee contact: geofbrad@yahoo.com

Michael Dessen (Irvine, CA)
Composing for: The Michael Dessen Trio (Michael Dessen, trombone, computer; Christopher Tordini, bass; Daniel Weiss, drums)
Grantee contact: m@mdessen.com

Douglas Detrick (Bronx, NY)
Composing for: Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble (Douglas Detrick, trumpet; Hasem Assadullahi, saxophone; Steve Vacchi, bassoon; Shirley Hunt, cello; Ryan Biesack, drum set)
Grantee contact: douglasdetrockgroup@hotmail.com

Remy Le Boeuf (Brooklyn, NY)
Composing for: The Le Boeuf Brothers (Remy Le Boeuf, saxophones, clarinet/oboe; Pascal Le Boeuf, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Henry Cole, drums; Mike Ruby, tenor saxophone; Tallie Brunfelt and Jeremy Blanden, violins; Kim Uwate, viola); Isaac Melamed, cello)
Grantee contact: remyleboeuf@gmail.com

Todd Sickafoose (Oakland, CA)
Composing for: Tiny Resistors (Todd Sickafoose, bass, piano; Steve Cardenas and Adam Levy, guitars; Ara Anderson, trumpet; John Ellis, saxophone, clarinet; Alan Ferber, trombone; Jenny Scheinman, violin; Allison Miller, drums, percussion)
Grantee contact: eary@earycanal.com

Chris Lightcap (Brooklyn, NY)
Composing for: Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Chris Lightcap, double bass; Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, tenor saxophones; Craig Taborn, piano, Wurlitzer; Gerald Cleaver, drums)
Grantee contact: eary@earycanal.com

Ben Wendel (Brooklyn, NY)
Composing for: Kneebody (Ben Wendel, saxophone, effects; Shane Endlsey, trumpet, effects; Adam Benjamin, Fender Rhodes, effects; Kaveh Rastegar, electric bass, effects; Nate Wood, drums) and guest artist Alfred Darlington (aka Daedelus), computer, Monome
Grantee contact: benwendel@benwendel.com


CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving 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. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine, and a website, www.chamber-music.org.

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 the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. Visit www.ddcf.org.