Colburn School awards grants for student projects with BIPOC composers, choreographers, and community members

Posted on: May 13, 2021

“Four students at the Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music … have been awarded 2021 Social Innovation Grants from the Los Angeles-based institution’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact,” writes Tom Jacobs in Tuesday’s (5/11) San Francisco Classical Voice. “The students will receive up to $2,500 apiece and will have one year to either complete a project that benefits the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community, and/or commission new works involving BIPOC composers or choreographers. Violinist Gregory Lewis will use his grant to support the Heartbeat Music Project … which offers tuition-free music education to K-12 students on the Navajo Reservation…. Clarinetist Max Opferkuch will record an album of works by Black composers for clarinet and strings…. Trumpeter Melissa Muñoz will use her grant to support the annual workshop of Brass Out Loud, an organization committed to supporting brass players from traditionally underrepresented groups such as people of color, women, and LGBTQ musicians…. Oboist Eder Rivera will use the grant money to support the Honduras Oboe Foundation, a nonprofit that ‘seeks to promote musical and instrumental education by teaching the oboe in a socially inclusive manner in Honduras, Central America.’ ”