Chamber Music Tulsa to Receive $35,000 Grant

from the National Endowment for the Arts

Chamber Music Tulsa has been approved for a $35,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the premiere performances and community-engagement activities related to new works commissioned by Chamber Music Tulsa to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre.


Chamber Music Tulsa's project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from Chamber Music Tulsa” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Chamber Music Tulsa is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”


Chamber Music Tulsa Executive Director Bruce Sorrell states: “This is Chamber Music Tulsa’s first NEA grant, and we are honored to be one of only four arts organizations in Oklahoma to receive funding in this round. Our planning began more than two years ago to participate in the Race Massacre Centennial commemoration. We made a commitment to building equity in our field by commissioning new works from Black composers.”


The grant supports performances and activities related to three commissions:

  • Tulsa native Barron Ryan has composed a piano trio (piano, violin, cello) titled “My Soul is Full of Troubles.” Ryan will be the pianist for the first performances of his trio. The performance dates will be announced soon.

  • Social-justice artist and composer Anthony R. Green is composing a string quartet that will be video-recorded by the Thalea String Quartet as part of Any Given Child Tulsa in April and May this year. All 3,000+ fourth graders in Tulsa Public Schools will have access to this presentation. Chamber Music Tulsa also plans to host a community residency with the Thalea String Quartet featuring the work when it is safe to do so.

  • Corey Dundee is composing a new string quartet that will be premiered by the Verona Quartet next season on Chamber Music Tulsa’s concert series. Dundee will be in residence in Tulsa to lead community conversations, give pre-concert lectures, and offer an open rehearsal with the quartet to discuss the new work and his experience working on this project.


Sorrell adds, “Commissioning composers to write new chamber music is a bold act of hope. It is a statement of our belief that creating art that reflects who we are matters now and for the future, and it connects us to chamber music’s living tradition.”


Click here for more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Gavilán Brothers Concert and Film

Now Streaming through May 15, 2021

The Havana-born Gavilán brothers perform original music from their breathtaking album, “Brothers,” composed by Aldo López-Gavilán and arranged for violin and piano by Ilmar Gavilán. 


Ilmar performed on Chamber Music Tulsa's series in November 2019 as part of the Harlem String Quartet. While the Quartet was in Tulsa, they also performed for all the 4th Graders in Tulsa Public Schools as part of Any Given Child-Tulsa. The Harlem Quartet was a huge hit with all of our audiences, regardless of age.


Aldo’s authentic voice has a genre-defying sound rooted in European classical traditions, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Drawing from this range of colors, Aldo's compositions weave a layered tapestry that have been described as magical, optimistic, and at its core, deeply soulful. 


For this virtual event, tickets are $15 per device. Gather your family and friends to watch this exciting performance. You can enjoy this pre-recorded performance starting May 8. All ticket-buyers to the Gavilán brothers live concert or livestream receive access, at no additional cost, to an award-winning documentary film about the Gaviláns.

Chamber Music Tulsa's 

2020-2021 Season Update

The 2020-2021 concert weekends have been canceled and rescheduled for the 2021-2022 season beginning this September. We look forward to resuming the 2021-2022 season later this year. Stay tuned for more information! 


The early music concert featuring Ars Lyrica Houston, co-sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 13, 2021. If you purchased tickets for that, they will be honored at that concert. We have decided not to mail out tickets. Instead, we will have a list of names at the front door!




To the many Black artists in the chamber music field: we honor you, we see you, we value our relationships, and we look forward to a better, more just future. There is so much work to do.