Grants Awarded to Faculty and Alum Compositions
Commissioned works for string quartets by Professor Kurt Rohde and lecturer and alum Christopher Castro (PhD, composition, ‘18) have been awarded grants by the Chamber Music America (CMA) Classical Commissioning program. The grants support professional U.S.-based ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of classical contemporary chamber works by American composers.
Rohde’s work for two violins, viola, cello, and electronics was commissioned by the Lydian String Quartet based in Roslindale, MA, and Castro’s composition for two violins, viola, cello, and soprano was commissioned by the Lyris Quartet based in Los Angeles.
Both quartets have performed in residence for the Department of Music.
Twelve grants totaling $209,900 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning program, part of a wider distribution of $1,290,450 through the CMA’s six programs supporting small chamber ensembles affected by the pandemic.
This funding will provide key support for the creation, performance, and presentation of small ensemble works, community engagement/audience-building initiatives, and artist/ensemble development.
For details about the other recipients, visit The Strad website.