Tania León is a highly regarded composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. She has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo and independent films. Recent commissions include: the score for the opera, The Little Rock Nine, with a libretto by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas's College of Fine Arts and Communications, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and the Fred Darragh Foundation; Acana for orchestra; and Inura for voices, strings and percussion.
Appearances as guest conductor include those with the Symphony Orchestra of Marseille, France the Gewandhausorchester Orchestra, Germany and Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato, Mexico among others. Tania León's honors include the New York Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award, the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, was co-founder of the American Composers Orchestra "Sonidos de las Americas Festivals" and New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic. She has lectured at Harvard University, served as visiting professor at Yale University and as guest composer/conductor at the Hamburg Musikschule, Germany, the Beijing Central Conservatory, China and the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin and SUNY Purchase Colleges. She served as US Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A Professor at Brooklyn College since 1985, she was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. In 2010 Ms. León was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Mary Madigan has led the advancement of music performance, artists, and post-classical repertoire from positions at Boosey & Hawkes, Meet The Composer, Concert Artists Guild, The New School, the Vermont Mozart Festival, and her own business Madigan New Music. She is a colleague of many of new music's creators, performers, and presenters throughout North America and Europe.
Mary's attendance of the performing arts traverses genres and continents from the Bang On A Can Marathon in NYC, to the Settembre Musica festival in Turin; from the experimental theater of NYC's Elevator Repair Service, to Luciano Chessa's avant-garde Vietnamese dan bao performance in an old Hollywood silent movie house; from the Pascal Dusapin premiere of Faustus, the Last Night at the Opéra de Lyon, to the John Luther Adams premiere of Become Ocean at Carnegie Hall. The MATA Festival, Opera America, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music have hosted Mary to serve on discussion and grant panels, and last summer she led a public conversation with Syrian composer/clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at The Watermill Center on Eastern Long Island.
A former choral singer and trumpeter, Mary performs with the ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara, for whom she recently led a successful fundraising campaign to acquire a new set of instruments from Bali. Mary holds a graduate certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies, and this year she completed graduate studies at Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.
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