Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ucross Residents From left to right: Du Yun S10, Stacy Garrop F14, Missy Mazzoli F12

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

DSO-Logo.jpgUcross began a collaboration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers in 2010. The prize is granted annually to a living woman composer, of any age or nationality, in the spirit of recognizing and supporting the creation of new orchestral works by women.  It is the only annual symphony sponsored award in the world exclusively for female composers. Winners of the award compose an original orchestral work that is performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  The DSO also provides a cash award of $10,000 and Ucross gives a one-month residency to the composer. 

The award is named in honor of Elaine Friedman Lebenbom, the first woman composer to earn a music degree from the University of Michigan. Award winners who have come to Ucross for residencies include Du Yun (2010)- pictured above far left, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music; Missy Mazzoli (2012) - pictured above far right; and Stacy Garrop (2014) - pictured above center.  Ucross has also provided residencies to composers Ke-Chia Chen (2016) and Maria Lithell (2016) who were highly ranked candidates for the award.

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, makes its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, in Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin has been the DSO’s Music Director since 2008.

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