Congratulations to clarinet professor Robert DiLutis and voice professor Linda Mabbs, who are among the 89 artists who received a prestigious Individual Artist Award (IAA) from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). Awarded only once every three years, the IAA provides funding for career advancement to artists who create exceptional work that enhances the cultural vitality of the state of Maryland. In determining the awards, an out-of-state jury reviewed nearly 400 submissions and, without any other information about the artists, made their recommendations based on artistic merit alone.
Professor Mabbs’ application included recordings from the School of Music’s 2012 Art of Argento Festival, a 10-day celebration of American composer Dominick Argento at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She plans to use her grant to support the publication and publicity of her latest recording, which features works for soprano by Benjamin Britten.
Professor DiLutis, whose submission included works for solo clarinet, will apply his grant funds to a new concert series he initiated this past fall with the Riverdale Arts Council. Titled “Music at Riversdale,” the series features School of Music students and alumni, and takes place at the Riversdale Mansion.
A celebration in honor of Maryland’s 2014 Individual Artist Awardees will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, May 19 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.