The 2019 WPA Performance Grant cycle was our most exciting – and most challenging – so far!  We had a record breaking 92 applicants and all of the judges were impressed with the variety of engaging programs that are planned for the coming years!  Unfortunately, difficult decisions needed to be made in offering funding, as we were not able to offer awards to every applicant.  As in years past, the judges gave preference to ensembles that planned to perform two works by women composers, with one of those works being from a historic composer.  Judges were also looking for engaging outreach and enrichment opportunities – whether they were as elaborate as in-person conversations with composers or scholars, or as simple as a YouTube video conversation with the ensemble’s conductor discussing the work in advance of the concert.

The current group of winners includes a groundbreaking range of performances with a mix of historic and contemporary composers, and educational outreach opportunities that will thrill and and charm new and returning audiences.  As we think about ways to #ListenWider in the future, the judges are thrilled to be able to support these ensembles and their endeavors to broaden the impact of orchestral music in their communities.

In the coming year, we ask everyone to look for ways that you can help support our efforts to encourage exciting, diverse and inclusive programming so that we can increase the total funding available in the coming year!  One way you can help is by purchasing a WPA 2020 Calendar – perfect for your home, office, or studio!

Find a complete list of our 2019 grant winners below, and stay tuned to our Events Calendar.  (Know of an upcoming event featuring orchestral works by women that should be included in our calendar?  Let us know through this form!)

5th Wave Collective
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Albany Symphony
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
Arapahoe Philharmonic
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
California Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
Chicago Sinfonietta
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Coastal Symphony of Georgia
Community Women’s Orchestra
Crozet Community Orchestra
Diablo Symphony Orchestra
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra
Grant Park Music Festival
Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (with the Women Composers Festival of Hartford)
Landsdowne Symphony Orchestra
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Mid-Texas Symphony
Monteux Heritage Orchestra
Montgomery Philharmonic
Nashville Symphony
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
New Jersey Youth Symphony
New Texas Symphony Orchestra
New York Youth Symphony
North/South Chamber Orchestra
Oakland Civic Orchestra
Oberlin Phlox Ensemble
Portland Columbia Symphony
Quad City Symphony
Raleigh Civic Symphony Association
Santa Rosa Symphony
Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
South Florida Symphony Orchestra
Southeast Iowa Symphony
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
SSMF Sewanee Symphony
Susquehanna University Symphony Orchestra
Symphony of the City of New York
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
The Chappaqua Orchestra
The Dream Unfinished
The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra
The National String Symphonia
Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
Walla Walla Symphony
Winona Symphony Orchestra
Yakima Symphony Orchestra
York Symphony Orchestra