1. Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, Dennis Keene, Artistic Director, New York, NY

  2. Musica Sacra, Kent Tritle, Artistic Director, New York, NY

  3. Melodia Women's Choir, Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director, New York, NY

  4. Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Joshua Habermann, Music Director, Santa Fe, NM


  1. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Artistic Director, Tallinn, Estonia

  2. The New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden, Artistic Director, New York, NY

  3. The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein, Music Director, New York, NY

  4. Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis, Artistic Director, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

  5. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Schulze, Artistic Director, Baltimore, MD

  6. The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Schulze, Artistic Director, Flagstaff, AZ

  7. The New York Youth Symphony, Joshua Gersen, Music Director, New York, NY

  8. The Janacek Philharmonic, Heiko Mathias Foerster, Artistic Director, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Chamber Groups

  1. The Catalyst Quartet, String Ensemble,

  2.      Jessie Montgomery, composer/violinist, New York, NY


  1. Limon Ballet, Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director, New York, NY

  2. Jose Limon, founder of the organization, was dedicated to the collaborative spirit of commissioning new works or using live musicians. This perfect synergy is realized today with their leadership team. Join us in our effort to continue his vision.

Festivals, Workshops & Master classes

  1. The Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival, Daniel Ferro*, Founder, New York, NY

  2. VISI Song Festival, Rena Sharon, Vancouver, BC

  3. Songfest, Rosemary-Hyler-Ritter, Director, Colburn Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA

  4. The Buddy Baker Film Scoring Workshop, Ron Sadoff, Director, NYU Steinhardt School

Emerging Solo Artists

Arts organizations that would like to employ the following artists may approach us for grant opportunities:

  1. Tami Petty, Soprano

  2. Martha Guth, Soprano

  3. Silvie Jensen, Mezzo Soprano

  4. Lucille Beer, Contralto

  5. Anna Shelest, Solo Piano

  6. Vanessa Perez, Solo Piano

  7. Kinga Augustyn, Violin

  8. Emily Bear, Jazz & Classical Piano, (child prodigy division)

Collaborative Pianists

  1. Marnie Hauptson

  2. Sunglee Victoria Choi

  3. Erika Switzer

  4. Taisiya Pushkar

Competitions, Conventions & Residencies

  1. The Annual Claudette Sorel Piano Competition

  2. The Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition

  3. The Sorel Medallion in Symphonic Composition

  4. The Sorel Medallion in Recording

  5. The Alexander/Buono Competitions in Piano, Voice, Flute & Strings

  6. The American Pianists Association, Joel Harrison, Executive Director

  7. The Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship

  8. New Triad for Collaborative Arts, Arlene Shrut, Founder

  9. National Opera Association Convention

  10. Orchestra of the Swan Residency, David Curtis, Artistic Director

  11. Santa Fe Desert Chorale Residency, Joshua Habermann, Music Director


  1. The Claudette Sorel Film Scoring Scholarship-NYU Steinhardt School

  2. The Claudette Sorel Fellowship in Solo Piano, SUNY Fredonia

  3. The Claudette Sorel Endowment for the commissioning of women composers for:

  4.      The New York Philharmonic

Sorel's Esteemed Composers List

The following composers have either placed in our Medallion programs, won our Recording Grants or have been commissioned through a Sorel Grant:


  1. Lera Auerbach

  2. Pauchi Sasaki

  3. Leanna Kirchoff

  4. Lisa Bielawa

  5. Christina Whitten Thomas

  6. Jenni Brandon

  7. Judith Cloud

  8. Chaiyu Hsu

  9. Martha Sullivan

  10. Abbie Betinis

  11. Jocelyn Hagen

  12. Augusta Read Thomas

  13. Jennifer Higdon

  14. Dobrinka Tabakova

  15. Dorothy Frisch

  16. Marilyn Shrude

  17. Stacy Garrop

  18. Melinda Bargreen

  19. Sheena Phillips

  20. Judith Lang-Zaimont

  21. Nancy Wertsch

  22. Bora Yoon

  23. Eve Beglarian

  24. Jessie Montgomery

  25. Gao Hong

  26. Libby Larson

  27. Emily Doolittle

  28. Lori Laitman

  29. Sarah Kirkland Snider

  30. Margaret Brouwer

  31. Missy Mazzoli

  32. Gabriela Lena Frank

  33. Emily Bear

  34. Chris Lastovicka

  35. Christine Donkin

  36. Lucia Caruso

  37. Sally Lamb McCune

  38. Allison Sniffin

  39. Nina Siniakova

  40. Yea-Kyung

  41. Mira Eom

  42. Annie Hsieh

Board of Directors


    Walter Killmer, President & Treasurer

    Judy Cope, Vice President & Executive Director

    Rhina Rodrigues, Treasurer


Honorary Consultants

    Neeme Järvi

    JoAnn Falletta

    Gerard Schwarz

    Dennis Keene

    David Curtis

    Niels Muus

Advisory Board

    Mark Adamo

    Wende Persons

    David Dubal

    Lera Auerbach

    Peter Schickele

    Barbara Petersen

    Emma Lou Diemer

    Fran Richard

    Ronald Sadoff

    Tania Leon

    Margo Garrett

    Anna Shelest

    Judith Zaimont

    Tony Caramia

    Timothy Blair

    Cosmo Buono

    Barry Alexander

    Pedro da Silva

    Dmitri Shelest

    Kevin Deas

    Lori Laitman

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Born in Paris of French-Hungarian parentage, Claudette Sorel was trained in the United States under famous teachers as Olga Samaroff Stokowski, Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. At the age of 10, she made her New York Town Hall debut and the following year performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her scholastic honors include graduating high school in three years as valedictorian, and simultaneously attending The Juilliard School with complete fellowship. She graduated from there with highest honors and as its youngest graduate. Upon the death of Mme. Samaroff, the Curtis Institute of Music granted her a five year fellowship and she received its Artist Diploma with highest honors. This was accomplished while Miss Sorel was also a student at Columbia University from which she received a Mathematics Degree-Cum Laude. At Columbia she studied musicology with Mitchell, Ussachevsky and Beeson. Miss Sorel made more than 2,000 concert, recital, and festival appearances and has played with 200 major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, NBC Symphony, and London Philharmonic. One hundred of those performances were as soloist in the MacDowell Concerto No. 2 which is featured on a CD. She recorded for RCA Victor, Monitor and Musical Heritage. Miss Sorel has given premiere performances of works by Lukas Foss, Harold Morris, Paul Creston, Peter Mennin and others. Her numerous awards and citations from the time she was 12 include the Ford Foundation Concert Artist Grant and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award (as its youngest winner). She judged for countless international and national music competitions.
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Miss Sorel has held professorships at the University of Kansas, Ohio State University, and the State University of New York, where she was the chairman of the piano department for 13 years. She was designated by the Trustees of SUNY the youngest and only woman "Distinguished University Professor," among a faculty of 30,000.

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.



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 expand the boundaries for women in music.