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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News July 2014
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music E-News

O'Neill National Music Theater Conference 2014
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Music Theater Conference Artistic Director Paulette Haupt and The War Dept. composer/lyricist Jim Bauer watch Zakiya Young in rehearsal. Photo: A. Vincent Scarano

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music to Expand Grant and Sponsorship Programs

Staff Transition Supports New Programmatic Initiatives
O'Neill National Music Theater Conference 2014
Paulette Haupt, Avi Amon and Julia Gytri engage in a talk back with the public and aspiring actors after the final performance of The White City.

Carousel, Glimmerglass Festival 2014
Ben Edquist (right) as Jigger Craigin in Carousel at the 2014 Glimmerglass Festival. 
Photo: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival

Martha Clarke
Director/Choreographer Martha Clarke (above) mentored Kurt Weill Fellow Michael Leibenluft during The Threepenny Opera at Atlantic Theater Company. Photo: Brescia e Amisano/Teatro alla Scala

Matthew Gardiner
Director/Choreographer Matthew Gardiner mentored Kurt Weill Fellow Paige Kiliany during The Threepenny Opera at the Signature Theatre. Photo: Courtesy of Signature Theatre

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is pleased to announce expanded programmatic initiatives and new staff appointments during what President Kim Kowalke describes as “the beginning of a new phase in the Foundation’s history.” He explains, “The twelve-member Board of Trustees of the Foundation has made available the financial resources necessary to increase funding for grants and sponsorships substantially, expand existing programs, and embark upon new initiatives that will significantly advance the organization’s mission. Staff appointments will enhance the Foundation’s ability to respond to these new opportunities.” 

New Program Initiatives

Three program initiatives have recently been launched, each of which advances a central goal in the organization’s mission, namely to “nurture talent, particularly in the creation, performance, and study of musical theater”:

Staff Transitions

The launch of the initiatives coincides with the retirement of longtime Foundation Director and Vice President, Carolyn Weber, effective August 31, 2014. Kim Kowalke spoke of Carolyn’s impact during her years at the Foundation: “Having joined the Foundation in 1998, Carolyn has been a key member of our team, playing a leadership role in the Kurt Weill centenary celebrations and many major initiatives thereafter, nurturing the growth of the Lotte Lenya Competition into an international event with ongoing influence on the career development of winners, overseeing the expansion of the grant program to include sponsorships and mentorships, interacting dynamically and productively with our publishing partners and producing organizations, handling complex licensing questions and business affairs—all with an integrity and ease of manner that concealed the prodigious commitment and effort she gave to these varied and sundry responsibilities. Her contribution has been enormous.” Reflecting on her tenure, Carolyn said, “It has been a great joy to work alongside my colleagues and the Board of the Kurt Weill Foundation over the past 16 years. I’ve loved collaborating with arts organizations and academic institutions on Weill projects and encouraging the growth of young artists through the Lenya Competition and related activities. With the excellent staff now in place, the Foundation is poised to expand these exciting new ventures.”

read more to learn about new staff appointments.


Lenya Competition Featured in Opera News

The August 2014 issue of Opera News magazine spotlights the Lotte Lenya Competition in a lively two-page feature by arts writer Barry Singer (New York Times, New Yorker). Having attended the finals in April, Singer describes the 2014 competition in detail and pinpoints the reasons the Lenya Competition is unique.

"The Lotte Lenya Competition asks singers to do the impossible," he writes. "And why not? Musical theater, whether on an operatic or a Broadway stage, is an impossible construct, a teetering musical mass levitated by artistry, energy and alchemy. While other vocal competitions just ask singers to sing, the Lenya Competition asks its contestants to create their own one-person musical narrative out of found materials and make us believe that it is all true...."

read more
Opera News August 2014
"No vocal contest better targets today's total-package talents."

Carlos Kalmar
Carlos Kalmar
Photo: Jay Moreau/Oregon Symphony

storm large
Storm Large
Photo: Jennie Baker Photography
August Performance Highlights
The Seven Deadly Sins
Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I.
August 6

The Seven Deadly Sins
Britt Festival, Jacksonville, Oregon (USA)
Teddy Abrams, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I.
August 15

Der Protagonist
Edwin Cahill, director; Bradley Moore, music director.
August 23

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar


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