2005 MacArthur Fellows Announced



Marin Alsop

If you haven’t gotten a phone call yet, you didn’t snag one of this year’s 25 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grants—$500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years.

No composers made the cut this round, though the conductor Marin Alsop continues her streak of recognition this year (hear that, Baltimore—you got a genius!). The principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music was cited for “introducing a varied and challenging repertoire with a unique presentation approach and newly interpreting classical music to orchestras and audiences alike.”

Also in the line-up are violinmaker Joseph Curtin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for innovations in the materials and acoustics of his craft, and Sphinx Organization Founder and President Aaron Dworkin of Detroit, Michigan, for “opening access for increased numbers of minorities to careers in classical music and giving voice to diverse talent and perspective in American symphonies.”