Thursday, April 29, 2021 "Colburn School Awards Social Innovation Grants to Support BIPOC Community" including recording of works of Black composers

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Apr 29, 2021

The Colburn School's Center for Innovation and Community Impact has announced the recipients of the 2021 Social Innovation Grants that directly support members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. Grant recipients will each be awarded up to $2,500 and will have 12 months to complete community engagement projects that benefit the BIPOC community or commission new works involving BIPOC composers or choreographers. The Social Innovation Grants are a part of Colburn School's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, which are generously funded by foundations and individuals from around the country.

Grant recipients and projects:


Max Opferkuch (Conservatory of Music, Clarinet)

Recording Album for Clarinet and Strings by Black Composers. Funding will enable Max to record an album of works by Black composers for clarinet and strings during the 2021-22 academic year, centered around Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor. Other works are in development, but possibilities include Strum or Starburst by Jessie Montgomery and Adoration by Florence Price. The ensemble will record in collaboration with Colburn School's AV team in one of the Colburn halls at a future date.

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