Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon was born December 31, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. As one of the most frequently performed living classical music composers, Higdon enjoys commissions from the America’s top orchestras and has received a Pulitzer Prize and several Grammy Awards for her works.  Besides composing as many as ten major works for orchestras, small chamber …

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop, conductor and violinist, is currently the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the first female music director of a major American orchestra.  She was born on October 16, 1956 in New York City and her parents were professional musicians.  After briefly attending Yale University, she transferred to the Juilliard School where …

Esperanza Spalding

Female instrumentalists have been a rarity in jazz music, but Esperanza Spalding, only 25 years old, is an irresistible and intriguing performer who is forging new paths in the jazz world.  With the ability to not only play double bass, sing, and compose music, but also to do all of these things simultaneously in performance, …