The Sorel Organization is committed to creating change in today's music world by focusing our grant support to: 

  1. Amplify the voices of underrepresented composers

  1. Advance gender and racial equity in classical music

  1. Expand the classical music canon for future generations


Project to diversity classical recordings wins national radio contest

All Classical Portland, the Pacific Northwest’s 24-hour classical radio station, launched the Recording Inclusivity Initiative in January with the goal to address the lack of widely available recordings by women composers and composers of color. “If we don’t have them, we can’t play them,” stated CEO Suzanne Nance, who is leading the effort to make new recordings and recruiting classical stations across the country to join the Initiative. On November 9th ACP’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative was voted winner of Current’s 2021 “Local That Works” contest, which recognizes excellence in public media content and community engagement. The Sorel Organization is supporting the creation of a database for stations to share recordings and expand the playlists of classical stations nationwide. Read more here.

Watch ACP’s  Recording Inclusivity Initiative video

Claudette Sorel Rediscovered commemorative 2CD set reveals the artistry and musical curiosity of a late, great pianist and advocate for women in music

The Sorel Organization is thrilled to share the news of the release of a commemorative CD set celebrating the musical artistry of the late, great Sorel Organization founder, Claudette Sorel. She was first and foremost a pianist, and a phenomenal one at that.

Claudette Sorel Rediscovered spotlights gems from her out of print recordings on two discs of solo pieces and American concertos. We honor her legacy as a musician and as a philanthropist fiercely dedicated to creating opportunities for women in music through her charitable foundation.  Read more

JoAnn Falletta joins

Sorel Organization Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Sorel Organization is thrilled to welcome the acclaimed, Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta as its newest member! Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn is a vibrant trailblazer and inspiration for the advancement of women in the arts and the expansion of classical music’s canon. Her association with the Sorel Organization dates back to 1996 when her friend Claudette Sorel launched the foundation with JoAnn as a founding Advisory Board member.

About JoAnn Falletta

Voices of Ascension launches Astronautica: Voices of Women in Space  

Nine women composers have set the words of women astronauts to music in Astronautica: Voices of Women in Space, which received its online premiere in January 2021.  Commissioned by Voices of Ascension, with support from the Sorel Organization, Astronautica is an hourlong presentation conceived and performed by Trio Triumphatrix that creatively blends voices, music, and video created from NASA footage. Click the image to view the teaser video.  

Watch Astronautica On Demand.

Amplifying Voices unites 30+ orchestras to address inequities in classical music

New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program, launched in January 2020 to promote marginalized voices in orchestral music, is growing to include at least 35 orchestras, which are working together to shift the canon for future generations. This increasing momentum, made possible by new funding from the Sorel Organization, ASCAP and  Wise Music Trust, demonstrates recognition amongst orchestras that new and inclusive approaches to programming are critical for future relevance. The Sphinx Organization kick-started this initiative with a generous contribution from the Sphinx Venture Fund.  

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Winner named in the Fifth Annual Claudette Sorel Piano Competition.

Claudette Sorel was a former child prodigy who encouraged the talents of young musicians throughout her career as a performer and educator. View the finals of the Fifth Annual Claudette Sorel Piano Competition for pianists, ages 15-18, produced by the Fredonia School of Music, where Claudette taught for many years and was the first woman to be named Distinguished University Professor in New York State's University System. The 2020 winner is revealed at the end of the broadcast.

Watch here. 

American Composers Forum Explores What the 19th Amendment Means for Women in Music in 2020

The American Composers Forum (ACF), in partnership with the media platform I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL), has launched a new initiative called “UNEVEN MEASURES: Artists Reflect on the 19th Amendment in 2020.” The centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving white women the right to vote, provides an opportunity to celebrate this historic moment while highlighting the complexity of women’s suffrage and exclusion to participation, even in 2020. From August 18 (the ratification date) through the Presidential election on November 3, ACF and ICIYL are inviting artists to share what the 19th Amendment means to them through UNEVEN MEASURES, a series dedicated to advancing gender equity in 2020, and prioritizing racial equity.

Learn more.

A New Album Re-Creates the Work of the First Known Female Composers in America

Women have been contributing to America’s musical life for centuries. The album Voices in the Wilderness, featuring music by 18th-century female composers in Pennsylvania’s Ephrata Cloister, is due out in Spring 2021. 

Listen to NPR’s Morning Edition feature

Forte—A Film by David Donnelly, supported in part by The Sorel Organization, received its Washington DC premiere at The Kennedy Center on March 12, 2020.

Lucia Caruso, an Argentinian composer and pianist who lives in New York City, both stars in and scored the music for Forte, about three groundbreaking women in the arts.


Judy Cope

12.27.1958 - 9.18.2019

It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the news of the passing of Sorel Organization Executive Director Judy Cope on September 18, 2019 after a brave battle with brain cancer. Judy touched so many lives and careers through her spirited advocacy for women in music. The world is a dimmer place without her special light.

The Sorel Organization has established The Judy Cope Fund for Women in Music, with proceeds from the fund to further special projects in Judy’s memory. To contribute, click here.

Read Judy’s obituary in The New York Times.

Former Kid Piano Prodigy Emily Bear Returns to

The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The Sorel Organization provided a grant for Emily’s tuition for NYU's summer Screen Scoring Workshop when she was 10 years old, the youngest participant ever, by far. She has gone on to become a a Billboard best-selling jazz pianist, songwriter, and multi-genre composer.

watch the segment

Settling the Score: Women Conductors Talk About the Slow Road to Equality

Eight of the world’s 100 top conductors are now women, compared to just

one in 2013

Composer Lera Auerbach dedicates the premiere performances of her work “Eva's Complaint - O Flowers That Will Never Blossom” for Orchestra, co-commissioned by The Sorel Organization, to the life of Judy Cope.

New Sorel Classics Release:

Pianist Anna Shelest surveys music by women composers of the last three centuries in her new album ‘Donna Voce’

First Prize Winner of the Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition Dobrinka Tabakova announced BBC Concert Orchestra new Composer In Residence

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