The awards honor American orchestras for programming music composed in the last 20 years.
The San Francisco Symphony won first place among the largest orchestras (with budgets over $13.8 million). The Los Angeles Philharmonic won second prize, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra was third.
In the category for orchestras with budgets between $5.2 million and $13.8 million, the Rochester Philharmonic won first prize. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra won in the $1.7 milllion-$5.2 million category; the Albany Symphony won in the $450,000-$1.7 million category. The New England Philharmonic won first prize among the smallest orchestras, those with budgets under $450,000.
The Brown University Orchestra was the winner among college ensembles; the Chicago Youth Symphony won in the youth-orchestra category. The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music won in the festival orchestras category.
The New York-based American Composers Orchestra won the John S. Edwards Award for its commitment to new American music; the Boston Symphony won the Morton Gould Award for innovative programming. The Minnesota Orchestra was presented with the Leonard Bernstein Award, which is given for Educational Programming.
A complete list of award winners is below.
John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music
American Composers Orchestra, Steven Sloane, Music Director and Conductor
Robert Beaser, Artistic Director
Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming
Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine, Music Director
Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo V‹nska, Music Director
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses more than $13.8 Million
First Place: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director
Second Place: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director
Third Place: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $5.2 - $13.8 Million
First Place: Rochester Philharmonic, Christopher Seaman, Music Director
Second Place: Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Music Director Laureate
Third Place: Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Carl St. Clair, Music Director
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $1.7 - $5.2 Million
First Place: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director
Second Place: Memphis Symphony Orchestra, David Loebel, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman, Music Director
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $450,000 - $1.7 Million
First Place: Albany Symphony Orchestra, David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, Artistic Director
Third Place: Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano, Music Director and Conductor
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $450,000 or less
First Place: New England Philharmonic, Richard Pittman, Music Director
Second Place: San Jos_ Chamber Orchestra, Barbara Day Turner, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, Nan Harrison Washburn, Music Director and Conductor Collegiate Orchestras
First Place: Brown University Orchestra, Paul Schuyler Phillips, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: The University of Wyoming Orchestras, Dr. Michael Griffith, Director of Orchestral Activities
First Place: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Second Place: New York Youth Symphony, Paul Haas, Music Director
Third Place: Portland Youth Symphony, Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor and Music Director
First Place: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Marin Alsop, Music Director and Principal Conductor