For Immediate Release
Contact: Nichole L. Knight, 

New York, NYChamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $107,500 through its 2022 Ensemble Forward program supported by the New York Community Trust. This funding will provide key support for coaching sessions and a newly introduced recording initiative to help artists at a pivotal point in their careers.

Since 2019, CMA’s Ensemble Forward program has supported emerging New York City-based ensembles that perform Western European classical and contemporary music through a key ensemble coaching component. Each grantee ensemble works with a coach of its choosing to develop its distinctive sound. This year, CMA has also added a pilot cohort of recording grantees who will partner with a professional producer to learn valuable skills in the studio recording process while creating a high-quality demo that can be used for booking, marketing, and applying to future funding opportunities.

Six grants totaling $39,000 have been awarded to coaching grantees while $52,000 has been awarded to eight recording grantees. An additional $16,500 supports the recording projects’ in-studio production. The program’s professional development and networking opportunities will help the ensembles build their careers and enlarge their professional circles. All grantee ensembles are based in New York City.

“I am thrilled by the support we are able to offer these young artists,” said Kevin Kwan Loucks, CMA’s chief executive officer. “The pandemic has been particularly hard for this cohort who are just starting their careers. We are grateful to the New York Community Trust’s support for helping these grantees pivot and develop rewarding sustainable careers.”

The 2022 Ensemble Forward Grantees are:


Coaching Grantees

Coaching Projects

BlackBox Ensemble
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, piano, percussion, soprano, conductor/trumpet
Coach: Alan Pierson (conductor)

Ensemble Decipher
Instrumentation: percussion, viola, vocals, piano, plus electronics
Coach: Bora Yoon (composer/vocalist) 

Esenca Duo
Instrumentation: flute, guitar
Coach: David Leisner (guitar)

Pathos Trio
Instrumentation: two percussions, piano
Coach: Jeffrey Milarsky (conductor)

Instrumentation: euphonium/flugabone, tuba/sousaphone, plus electronics
Coach: Marcus Rojas (tuba)

Spark Duo
Instrumentation: trumpets/flugelhorn, clarinets, plus electronics
Coach: Jessica Meyer (viola/composer)

Recording Projects

Instrumentation: violin, cello

Bowery Trio
Instrumentation: clarinet, cello, piano

Dara + Kyle
Instrumentation: cello, piano

Lilac 94
Instrumentation: two harps

Lotus Chamber Music Collective
Instrumentation: two violins, viola, cello

Pathos Trio 
Instrumentation: two percussions, piano

Singularity Saxophone Quartet
Instrumentation: four saxophones

The Brass Project
Instrumentation: two trumpets, French horn, two trombones, tuba



Recording Grantees

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, strengthen, and support the chamber music community. With a membership including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications including Chamber Music magazine and the weekly e-newsletter, Accent.  

A public charity, THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. It is a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.