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


For an update of the Sorel Organization’s recent strategies and directions in charitable giving, click here to view the newsletter shared by the Board of Directors in late February 2021. Sign up for Sorel Organization news updates

The Sorel Forward 

A Celebration of Women in Music

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2 PM       

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Join us as we honor the legacy of pianist, teacher, and philanthropist Claudette Sorel.

Details here

A look inside the uniquely made-for-TV-and-online opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser by a winner of Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition Lisa Bielawa

Kronos Quartet and soprano Rowen Sabala (Vireo). Photo by David Soderlund

The top 35 female composers in classical music

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Claudette Sorel Piano Competition at Fredonia School of Music.

Read the story here

Zohra – The Afghan Women’s Orchestra – is winner of Freemuse Award 2017

The Sorel Legacy Medallion 

Congratulations to the 2016 Sorel Medallion Contest Winners!

Martha Sullivan - 1st place

Jocelyn Hagen - 2nd place  

Winners will receive a New York debut with Voices of Ascension and $5,000 and $2,000 cash prizes. The 1st place winner will also have a performance in the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon, UK, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard.

From left to right Arlene Shrut - the 2016 Legacy Medallion winner, Jocelyn Hagen - the 2nd place winner, Martha Sullivan - the 1st place winner, Judy Cope - Executive Director, the Sorel Organization.

Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton

Fascinating article on women conductors, including artists supported by the Sorel Organization

The Sorel Legacy Medallion honors the work of female artists whose careers reflect lifetime achievement in music through performance, training, or service. Each recipient shall be recognized for excellence in her field and for advancing the contributions of women in the arts. The long-term commitment of the Legacy Medallion is to support high visibility projects, assist women in gaining prominence in the musical world, and promote their identities as role models for other professionals. 

The Sorel Organization is proud to announce the first recipient of the Sorel Legacy Medallion, Dr. Arlene Shrut. Arlene has been one of collaborative piano’s highest profile females in a discipline that has suffered a pronounced gender gap.  As a teacher and visionary, Arlene also shoulders responsibility for training the “musicians of tomorrow” by evaluating changing trends of both the art and profession of music in our culture. 

Photo by Beth Caron

In an effort to honor its recipient in the highest fashion, the Sorel Organization seeks to customize each Legacy Medallion award.  Dr. Shrut’s prize will focus on partnerships with organizations and schools for collaborative public performances, including master works, new compositions, and master classes.  On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Charitable Foundation, Inc. we congratulate Dr. Arlene Shrut for her accomplishments in Collaborative Piano Arts. For more information about her work and creative projects, please visit www.arleneshrut.com

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