Congratulations to WPA Performance Grant Winners!

Since establishing our Performance Grants in 2012 we have been delighted with the ever growing enthusiasm and innovativeness of each application.  As we continue to reach out to new ensembles, the WPA Board of Directors agreed last year to begin offering the grants twice annually (Spring and Fall) to best suit the programming needs of not only traditional ensembles, but also Festivals and Summer Series.

Our first round of Spring Applications were just received, and we are delighted to award funding to ensembles from across the United States.  The best applications included works by more than one woman, included one historic and one contemporary work, and demonstrated robust outreach efforts, whether through digital means (educational videos, podcasts, etc.) or through community connections (patterning with other organizations, composer events in classrooms, etc.)

The winners include:

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
San Francisco, CA

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston, MA

Burlington Chamber Orchestra
Shelburne, VT

Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
Santa Cruz, CA

California Chamber Orchestra
Murrieta, CA

Chicago Composers Orchestra
Chicago, IL

DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Naperville, IL

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
Winter Park, FL

National String Symphonia
Frederick, MD

New York Classical Players
New York, NY

Oakland Symphony
Oakland, CA

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle, WA

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
Seattle, WA

The Dream Unfinished
Brooklyn, NY

Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
New York, NY

Congratulations to all of the winners!  We look forward to great concerts in the coming months, and more diverse and inclusive programs in future seasons!

Look for information about the Fall application cycle in September!  (And subscribe to our Newsletter to be sure you don’t miss the announcement!)  You can always reach out with any questions you have about programming ideas or accessibility of historic & contemporary publications at [email protected].