CMA News | July 25, 2022 | By CMA Staff

Chamber Music America Awards Over $95,000 to Emerging Ensembles 

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Nichole L. Knight, nknight@chamber-music.org  

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $97,500 in grants through its 2022 Ensemble Forward program supported by the New York Community Trust. This funding will provide key support for coaching sessions and a newly introduced recording initiative to help artists at a pivotal point in their careers. 

Since 2019, CMA's Ensemble Forward program has supported emerging New York City-based ensembles that perform Western European classical and contemporary music through a key ensemble coaching component. Each grantee ensemble works with a coach of its choosing to develop its distinctive sound. This year, CMA has also added a pilot cohort of recording grantees who will partner with a professional producer to learn valuable skills in the studio recording process while creating a high-quality demo that can be used for booking, marketing, and applying to future funding opportunities.


Six grants totaling $39,000 have been awarded to coaching grantees while $58,500 has been awarded to nine recording grantees. Additionally, the program's professional development and networking opportunities will help the ensembles build their careers and enlarge their professional circles. All grantee ensembles are based in New York City.

“I am thrilled by the support we are able to offer these young artists,” said Kevin Kwan Loucks, CMA's chief executive officer. “The pandemic has been particularly hard for this cohort who are just starting their careers. We are grateful to the New York Community Trust's support for helping these grantees pivot and develop rewarding sustainable careers.”  
 

The 2022 Ensemble Forward Grantees are:

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2022 Ensemble Forward Coaching Grantees.

Coaching Projects

 

Blackbox Ensemble

Instrumentation: flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, piano, percussion, soprano, conductor/trumpet

Coach: Alan Pierson (conductor)

Ensemble Decipher

Instrumentation: three percussion/electronics, viola, vocals/electronics, piano/electronics

Coach: Bora Yoon (composer/vocalist) 

Esenca Duo

Instrumentation: flute, guitar | Coach: David Leisner (guitar)

Pathos Trio

Instrumentation: two percussion, piano 

Coach: Jeffrey Milarsky (conductor)

RhinoPuff

Instrumentation: euphonium/flugabone, tuba/sousaphone, plus electronics | Coach: Marcus Rojas (tuba)

Spark Duo

Instrumentation: trumpets/flugelhorn, clarinets, plus electronics | Coach: Jessica Meyer (viola/composer)

Recording Projects

ARKAI

Instrumentation: violin, cello

Bowery Trio

Instrumentation: clarinet, cello, piano

Cramer Quartet

Instrumentation: two violins, viola, cello

Dara + Kyle

Instrumentation: cello, piano

Lilac 94

Instrumentation: two harps

Lotus Chamber Music Collective

Instrumentation: two violins, viola, cello

Pathos Trio 

Instrumentation: two percussion, piano

Singularity Saxophone Quartet

Instrumentation: four saxophones

The Brass Project

Instrumentation: two trumpets, French horn, two trombones, tuba

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2022 Ensemble Forward Recording Grantees.

Ensemble Forward is supported by the New York Community Trust. 

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 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 instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications including Chamber Music magazine and the weekly e-newsletter, Accent.  


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.

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