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Guild Affiliates Named MacArthur Fellows

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Sep 21, 2011

Two affiliates of Guild member institutions have received prestigious "Genius Awards" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Francisco J. Nunez, a conductor, composer, pianist, and founder and Artistic Director of the Young People's Chorus of NYC, is shaping the future of choral singing for children.  His vision of young voices from inner-city to elite schools singing new music of the highest quality underpins all that he does.  Melding this vision with expertise, passion, and entrepreneurship, Nunez has elevated the youth chorus to the ranks of serious contemporary music, commissioning and performing some of the most challenging works for youth choirs. Read more.

Alisa Weilerstein, artist in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, is a young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition.  As a soloist with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors, Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship.  Read more.

About the Fellows Program

The MacArthur Fellows program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.

There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.  Read more.

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