Eastman School’s Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation & Research Announces Eight Grant Recipients

November 9, 2017

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For Media Only: Rick Kessel (585-274-1052, rkessel@esm.rochester.edu)

Research studies, cutting edge performances, and impactful outreach initiatives in North America receive funding

The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research, a division of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, has announced eight grant recipients for its Fall 2017 cycle. The projects were selected out of ninety proposals received from throughout North America. The following projects were awarded funding:

*Research Category*

Natalie Farrell (Indianapolis, IN)

Indy Classical: Hip Consumerism and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/New Amsterdam Partnership

Ryan Ebright (Perrysburg, OH)

New Music Theater and the New Music Ensemble

*Innovative Project Category*

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lakota Music Project Music Composition Academies

Yarn/Wire (Queens, NY)

Yarn/Wire/Currents – Concert Series of New Works for Piano and Percussion Quartet in NYC

Zohn Collective (Rochester, NY)

Collaborative Performance in Guadalajara, Mexico with Puppet/Theater Company La Coperacha

Maria Finkelmeier, Masary Studios (Boston, MA)

Pindrop Series Concert at Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville, MA

Cantata Profana (Brooklyn, NY)

Seven Sins of Love – Theatrical Chamber Music Performances at National Sawdust

Khemia Ensemble (Martin, TN)

Immersive Concert Experience at National Sawdust

“We are thrilled with the quality of the applications received this fall, as well as the breadth and depth of projects and ideas represented,” said Jim Doser, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership. “The eight proposals that were selected for funding represent truly innovative projects and important research initiatives that align with the mission of the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research”.

Grantees will complete their projects over the next year, and results of their projects will be available on the Paul R. Judy Center website.  Selected work will also be featured in the Center’s new magazine INNOVATE. MUSIC. LEAD.  The first issue of the free publication is now available here.

Endowed by Paul R. Judy, founder of the Symphony Orchestra Institute and chairman of The Chicago Philharmonic Society, The PRJC Center for Innovation and Research is a division of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. The Center’s research and programming emphasizes the 21st-century evolution of the innovative ensemble, influenced by the symphony orchestra and the chamber music traditions, with a focus on creative, artist-centered ensembles that reflect new models of artistic innovation, organizational relationships, and operational sustainability.

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About the Eastman School of Music:

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division– about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 per cent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Seven Pulitzer Prize winners have taught at Eastman, as have several Grammy Award winners. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.