The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation's visionary multi-year grant enables CMS to commission and present the works of three emerging female composers over the course of three seasons. The 2019-20 season supports a new work by American composer Alexandra du Bois, which will receive it's world premiere at the New Milestones concert Expanded Pitches: Schoenberg's String Trio on March 12, 2020 in the Rose Studio. The 2020-21 season will support Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri, who's work will be featured in the New Milestones Rhyme and Repetition concert on February 4, 2021 in the Rose Studio. The 2021-22 composer will be announced at a later date.
The Toulmin Foundation has made numerous grants to support commissions for female composers, focusing its grantmaking on a broad diversity of voices that need to be heard. The Toulmin Foundation makes similar awards to emerging female playwrights and choreographers in the fields of theater, opera, and ballet. The Toulmin Foundation carries on the principles of its founder, Virginia B. Toulmin, a long-time patron of the arts, who believed in equal access and opportunity for women.
Hear Alexandra du Bois talk more about her new work Heron. Rain. Blossom., which will receive it's World Premiere Thursday, March 12 in the New Milestones: Expanded Pitches concert.