Investing in the musical life and legacy of Philadelphia

2017 Grantees

The Musical Fund Society granted $50,000 to 13 organizations for projects in the 2016–17 season.


Black Pearl Chamber OrchestraSupport for the preparation and performance of third Citywide Side by Side event, with auditioned amateurs rehearsing and performing alongside members of Black Pearl and featuring as soloist the winner of PHL Live’s classical competition.$3,515
BowerbirdSupport for “That Which Is Fundamental,” a four-concert festival exploring the life and work of Julius Eastman (1940–90), including several works not performed since the 1970s, the commission of new works responding to Eastman’s creative output, and supporting activities.$4,515
The CrossingSupport for the commissioning of Philadelphia-based composer Joshua Stamper's multi-disciplinary, site-specific work ’mid the steep sky’s commotion. $3,815
Curtis Institute of MusicSupport for the 2016–17 composer-in- residence program, with Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho in residence. The culmination of the residency is a public concert of her works as part of Curtis’s free Student Recital Series.$4,665
Dolce Suono EnsembleSupport for “American Canvas,” a recording project encompassing three works commissioned by Dolce Suono from Andrea Clearfield, Jennifer Higdon, and Shulamit Ran. The resulting CD, released by Innova Recordings, is to be launched at an interactive concert event.$4,315
Lyric FestSupport for two performances of “It’s Elementary—Songs of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water,” featuring songs commissioned from Michael Djupstrom and John Musto. Additional repertoire, also based on the “Elements” theme, will include works from a variety of cultures and song traditions, from Handel to Lerner and Loewe.$3,715
Mendelssohn Club of PhiladelphiaSupport for the performance of Honegger’s King David, featuring dramatic interaction, dance, and theatrical lighting to focus the audience’s attention and bring out important musical nuances.$3,415
Network for New MusicSupport for a program involving the creation of new poetry by MacArther Award-winning poet Susan Stewart, and new chamber music by five emerging and established American composers. The project features two concert performances, pre- and post-concert events, and an integrated educational component with Masterman High School music students.$4,585
PiffaroSupport for a concert by Piffaro and the Choral Arts Philadelphia, celebrating the holiday season with a program of villancicos, motets, and dances from Central and South America. The concert is part of a larger season-long theme featuring Renaissance music from Spain and the New World.$4,415
PRISM QuartetSupport for three recordings on the XAS label: “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral,” featuring five saxophone quartets commissioned by PRISM; “The Book of Days,” a work for saxophone quartet and jazz piano by Uri Caine; and “Ba Yin” a work by Chen Yi for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble.$3,915
Tempesta di MareSupport for a program of chamber music from the collections of the Itzig sisters, whose lifelong interest in the music of Bach influenced Mozart and contributed directly to the Bach revival in the 19th century.$4,215
Temple University Music Preparatory DivisionSupport for the Festival of Young Musicians, celebrating the 30th anniversary for the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, which serves 120 exceptionally motivated and dedicated students.$3,915
Tri-County Concerts AssociationSupport for the 75th Annual Youth Festival, a music education and performance program for aspiring young musicians living in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.$1,000