The League of American Orchestras recently announced the four recipients of its Grants to Outstanding Women Conductors. They are Mihaela Cesa-Goje, Mei-Ann Chen, Alondra de la Parra, and Annunziata Tomaro. Grants of $10,000 are awarded to each recipient, to be used for expenses associated with activities outlined in their successful grant applications. The grants are given on a highly competitive basis to women conductors who are current members of the League and are committed to a career with American orchestras; they are intended for conductors ready for national and international recognition and for candidacy for top conducting posts. Mihaela Cesa-Goje is an advocate of new music and is also winner of the 2009 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship; Mei-Ann Chen is the newly appointed music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and is currently a League conducting fellow with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, following two years as a League conducting fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Alondra de la Parra is founder and artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York City; Annunziata Tomaro is music director of the Phoenix Ensemble and since 2007 has been music director of the College-Conservatory of Music Concert Orchestra and the contemporary ensemble Café Momus in Cincinnati. For more information about the grant recipients, visit The Women Conductors Grant Program is made possible through the generous support of the Gabilan Foundation, The Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation, Sage Foundation, and Argosy Foundation.

Posted April 27, 2010