Michael Djupstrom
Michael Djupstrom, Pianist, Composer and winner of the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize (2013)

The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Pew Fellowship), New Music USA, S&R Foundation (Grand Prize, Washington Awards), Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. 

The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Pew Fellowship), New Music USA, S&R Foundation (Grand Prize, Washington Awards), Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. The Music Teachers National Association named him its 2005 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Recent commissions have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Tanglewood Music Center, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, Lake George Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, International Opera Theater, the Lyra Society, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and the Cavatina Duo, among others.

Djupstrom’s music continues to receive local Philadelphia performances by Network for New Music, Dolce Suono, and Lyric Fest, by ensembles across the country including Music from Copland House, the Definiens Project, Dinosaur Annex, Juventas, Sounds New, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and has been heard abroad at concerts and broadcasts in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Chile, Colombia, Taiwan, China, and Japan. In recent seasons, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Symphony in C, Shasta Symphony, and International Opera Theater have presented his works for larger forces.

As a pianist, Djupstrom has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia-based new music ensemble Relâche. His interest in chamber music led to national tours as a founding member of the Phoenix Trio and concerts for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, the British Library, S&R Foundation, Astral Artists, and many other presenting organizations. His festival appearances include Hong Kong’s “Intimacy of Creativity,” Music From Angel Fire, Tanglewood, Brevard, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and he has performed in major metropolitan cities throughout the world, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington DC, Houston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shenzhen, and Aix-en-Provence. He has recorded for American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” Radio Television Hong Kong’s Radio 4, and the Equilibrium, American Modern, and Meyer Media labels.

An active and committed teacher, Djupstrom directs the composition seminar, is Coordinator of the composition department, and is a member of the Musical Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. He previously taught piano at Settlement Music School, theory and orchestration for Boston University, and ear training at the University of Michigan and has been a guest teacher and presenter at Rice University, Westminster Choir College, Montana State University, Rowan University, Shasta Community College, the International School of Brussels, the Paris Conservatory, and Yichao Music Training Center in Shenzhen, China.

Djupstrom received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with composers Bright Sheng, Susan Botti, William Bolcom and Karen Tanaka. Djupstrom pursued further studies in Paris with Betsy Jolas, whom he later worked for as assistant. He also holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpour. 

www.michaeldjupstrom.com 

Robert Dwyer
Robert Dwyer, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Until retiring from the practice of law at the end of 2013, Robert Dwyer spent his entire career at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.  Bob had significant experience in advising both private and public corporations, as well as private and publicly supported nonprofit organizations. He was formerly partner–in-charge of Dorsey’s New York office and a past member of Dorsey’s Management Committee and Policy Committee.

Until retiring from the practice of law at the end of 2013, Robert Dwyer spent his entire career at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.  Bob had significant experience in advising both private and public corporations, as well as private and publicly supported nonprofit organizations. He was formerly partner–in-charge of Dorsey’s New York office and a past member of Dorsey’s Management Committee and Policy Committee. Bob has a degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a certified public accountant in the State of Minnesota on inactive status and also serves on a number of nonprofit boards and committees.  

Washington Awards committee member since 2001

Mary Early
Mary Early , Director of HEMPHILL Fine Arts

Mary Early (born 1975, Washington, DC) is a sculptor based in Washington DC and the director of HEMPHILL Fine Arts, a Washington, DC gallery founded in 1993.

Mary Early (born 1975, Washington, DC) is a sculptor based in Washington DC and the director of HEMPHILL Fine Arts, a Washington, DC gallery founded in 1993. She studied visual art, film and video at Bennington College and has exhibited at the United States Botanic Garden, Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington DC, Galerie Im Ersten, Vienna, Austria, Schloss Salem, Salem, Germany, Kunstlerbund Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany, and the American University Museum, Washington, DC among other regional and national galleries.

Early’s work is included in the collections of the US Department of State/Embassy of Panama, Kimpton Hotels, and the District of Columbia Art Bank, among other public and private collections. She is a recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant, DC Commission on Arts & Humanities, Washington DC (2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2007).  She serves on the boards of Hamiltonian Artists and Washington Sculptors Group and is a co-chair of the Bennington College Alumni Cooperative, DC Chapter. She has a particular interest in public art and community engagement, as well as the materials and processes of contemporary sculpture.

 

Sarah Ewing
Sarah Ewing, Director, S.J. Ewing & Dancers

Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian born dancer and choreographer, a CityDance Ignite Artist and serves as the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers.  She creates both theater based and site specific work with a keen interest for the intersection of arts and technology.  As a choreographer, Ewing presented her first original work in 2001 at the Melbourne Concert Hall, Australia.

Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian born dancer and choreographer, a CityDance Ignite Artist and serves as the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers.  She creates both theater based and site specific work with a keen interest for the intersection of arts and technology.  As a choreographer, Ewing presented her first original work in 2001 at the Melbourne Concert Hall, Australia. She is the recipient of Artist Fellowship Grants as well as Project, Event and Festival Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Capitol Hill Community Foundation has supported her artistic work for the last two seasons through their arts grants program and in 2018 she will create TRANSIT, a new work for the Dupont Underground, for CulturalDC's Inaugural Space4: Performing Arts season with the support of CityDance.   In a co-presentation with Dance Place, Ewing will present the final development of her Analog project in August 2018.  Earlier iterations of the project have been presented at the Phillips Collection, Harman Hall, Bread for the City and 2M.   

Ewing was awarded a 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a 2013 Dance Metro DC Dance Connect Commission Grant and was selected for CulturalDC's Mead Theater Lab Project. Ewing has presented her work in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Atlas Performing Arts Center and as a collaborator in the 2012 Source Festival Artistic Blind Date Series, where she was a performer and choreographer in the multi-media performance piece, FILTER.  Ewing was selected to present work in VelocityDC at Harman Center for the Arts in 2013, 2014 and 2017.  In 2015, Ewing was accepted into the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observers Class, a mentorship program for performing arts professionals based in New York City.  Ewing trained as a dancer at the New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington, NZ), Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy (Newcastle, Australia) and West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Perth, Australia).

S. J. Ewing & Dancers has presented work throughout the U.S. at Green Space (NYC), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (M.A.), White Wave Dance Festival (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (N.Y.C), Your Move JC (N.J.), Dance Gallery Festival (TX), CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore (M.D), Detroit City Dance Festival (MI), as well as the Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture (Paris, France).

 

Diane Kanca
Diane Kanca, Partner, VouteLohrfink Magro & McAndrew, LLP

Diane Kanca is a trial lawyer with 32 years of legal experience in commercial litigation, complex litigation, public works projects and appeals. She is retained to act as special counsel on cases throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. She has been a featured speaker at the American Bar Association Conferences, the New York City Bar Association, and lectures on multiple aspects of commercial litigation, complex case management, and medical-legal liability.

Diane Kanca is a trial lawyer with 32 years of legal experience in commercial litigation, complex litigation, public works projects and appeals. She is retained to act as special counsel on cases throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. She has been a featured speaker at the American Bar Association Conferences, the New York City Bar Association, and lectures on multiple aspects of commercial litigation, complex case management, and medical-legal liability. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the District of Connecticut, the District of Puerto Rico, and the Western District of Texas.

Ms. Kanca is an advisory member of ColibriScentique, LLC, the only woman-owned fragrance manufacturing company in the U.S. She is also a registered nurse, having worked in medical-surgical, emergency, oncology and intensive care areas. She has a lifelong love of music, and is proficient at the piano.

Washington Awards committee member since 2001

Philip Kennicott
Philip Kennicott , Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post

Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). He is also a National Magazine Award finalist (2015) and an Emmy Award nominee (2006). He has served as classical music critic of the Detroit News, the St.

Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). He is also a National Magazine Award finalist (2015) and an Emmy Award nominee (2006). He has served as classical music critic of the Detroit News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Washington Post (1999-2001), and is a regular reviewer for Gramophone, a former contributing editor to The New Republic and a frequent contributor to Opera News, among other publications.