Photos: Liana Rasmussen

"He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once."
– Robert Browning


The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization Inc., established in 1996 by their daughter, Claudette Sorel, is a 501©(3) private foundation. Ms. Sorel was a child piano prodigy. She is the youngest graduate of The Juilliard School completing her degree at age nine. She became a distinguished professor of piano, at SUNY, Fredonia. Ms. Sorel passed away in 1999. Through our Medallion program The Sorel Organization intends to create opportunities for women in composition, conducting, piano, voice, and film scoring. Our mission is to keep musical excellence alive and to help stretch the boundaries for women in music.

Newly Awarded Grants

Recording Grant Recipients

Jessie Montgomery, composer and violinist, "Strum"
     a selection of String quartets
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Gao Hong, composer and pipa master, "Lutes Around the World"
     a collection of Pipa concerto
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Emily Doolittle, composer, "Selected Chamber Works"
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Grace Elizabeth Smith, pianist, "Melange"
     In honor of Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian woman composer and the first woman conductor of Brazil

Songfest, Rosemary Hyler Ritter, Director/Founder, "Commissions"
     A collection of works commissioned for the Songfest Festivals

Emerging Artists Program

Martha Guth, Soprano,
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Sorel Commissioning Grant

Eve Beglarian, Choral Work
     premiering April 18, 2013 - Church of the Ascension

Judith Lang-Zaimont, Symphonic Work
     premiere to be determinded

The American Pianist Association
     APA's Christel De Haan Classical Fellow Award
     5 Solo piano works
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Composer in Residence

Abbie Betinis, Santa Fe Desert Chorale
     Summer of 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dobrinka Tabakova, Orchestra of the Swan
     For the celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
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2012-2013 Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition

Choral Composition Contest Winners Announced:

Stacy Garrop, 1st place
Melinda Bargreen, 2nd place
Sheena Phillips, 3rd place
The concert was on April 18th, 2013 at the Church of the Ascension, New York, NY
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Click here for the 2013 Semi-finalists in the Choral Medallion Competition