Jenny Bilfield
Jenny Bilfield, President and CEO, Washington Performing Arts

Jenny Bilfield was appointed Washington Performing Arts’ president and CEO in April 2013. The organization is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts and, most recently, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.

Jenny Bilfield was appointed Washington Performing Arts’ president and CEO in April 2013. The organization is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts and, most recently, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. Bilfield has broadened Washington Performing Arts’ organizational capacity through re-branding, numerous partnerships (including the SHIFT Festival with the Kennedy Center, and the 11th Street Bridge Park/Building Bridges Across the River), launching the Mars Urban Arts Initiative, commissioning numerous new works, and producing the landmark concert, Of Thee We Sing, at Constitution Hall to honor Marian Anderson. She has been recognized among the “30 Key Influencers in the Arts: Movers and Shakers” by Musical America and as twice by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Washington.” 

Previously, Bilfield was artistic & executive director of Stanford Lively Arts and artistic director of Stanford Live at Stanford University where she as part of the 7-member core team to plan, program and open Bing Concert Hall. Bilfield received accolades for her programming, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of top "10 Notable Classical Music Developments of the Decade." Her active role in the Silicon Valley community was recognized with the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award, and with a Proclamation from the Mayor and City Council of Palo Alto, CA.

Bilfield has held numerous leadership roles in the arts, including the presidency of music publisher Boosey & Hawkes. As executive director of the National Orchestral Association and founder of the New Music Orchestral Project, Bilfield received an Adventuresome Programming award from ASCAP, and the Helen M. Thompson Orchestra Leadership award from the League of American Orchestras. She is a member of the Federal City Council in Washington, and on the steering committee for ArtsActionDC.

Michael Djupstrom
Michael Djupstrom, Pianist, Composer and winner of the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize (2013)

The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Pew Fellowship), New Music USA, S&R Foundation (Grand Prize, Washington Awards), Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. 

The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Pew Fellowship), New Music USA, S&R Foundation (Grand Prize, Washington Awards), Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. The Music Teachers National Association named him its 2005 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Recent commissions have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Tanglewood Music Center, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, Lake George Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, International Opera Theater, the Lyra Society, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and the Cavatina Duo, among others.

Djupstrom’s music continues to receive local Philadelphia performances by Network for New Music, Dolce Suono, and Lyric Fest, by ensembles across the country including Music from Copland House, the Definiens Project, Dinosaur Annex, Juventas, Sounds New, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and has been heard abroad at concerts and broadcasts in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Chile, Colombia, Taiwan, China, and Japan. In recent seasons, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Symphony in C, Shasta Symphony, and International Opera Theater have presented his works for larger forces.

As a pianist, Djupstrom has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia-based new music ensemble Relâche. His interest in chamber music led to national tours as a founding member of the Phoenix Trio and concerts for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, the British Library, S&R Foundation, Astral Artists, and many other presenting organizations. His festival appearances include Hong Kong’s “Intimacy of Creativity,” Music From Angel Fire, Tanglewood, Brevard, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and he has performed in major metropolitan cities throughout the world, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington DC, Houston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shenzhen, and Aix-en-Provence. He has recorded for American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” Radio Television Hong Kong’s Radio 4, and the Equilibrium, American Modern, and Meyer Media labels.

An active and committed teacher, Djupstrom directs the composition seminar, is Coordinator of the composition department, and is a member of the Musical Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. He previously taught piano at Settlement Music School, theory and orchestration for Boston University, and ear training at the University of Michigan and has been a guest teacher and presenter at Rice University, Westminster Choir College, Montana State University, Rowan University, Shasta Community College, the International School of Brussels, the Paris Conservatory, and Yichao Music Training Center in Shenzhen, China.

Djupstrom received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with composers Bright Sheng, Susan Botti, William Bolcom and Karen Tanaka. Djupstrom pursued further studies in Paris with Betsy Jolas, whom he later worked for as assistant. He also holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpour. 

www.michaeldjupstrom.com 

Robert Dwyer
Robert Dwyer, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Until retiring from the practice of law at the end of 2013, Robert Dwyer spent his entire career at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.  Bob had significant experience in advising both private and public corporations, as well as private and publicly supported nonprofit organizations. He was formerly partner–in-charge of Dorsey’s New York office and a past member of Dorsey’s Management Committee and Policy Committee.

Until retiring from the practice of law at the end of 2013, Robert Dwyer spent his entire career at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.  Bob had significant experience in advising both private and public corporations, as well as private and publicly supported nonprofit organizations. He was formerly partner–in-charge of Dorsey’s New York office and a past member of Dorsey’s Management Committee and Policy Committee. Bob has a degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a certified public accountant in the State of Minnesota on inactive status and also serves on a number of nonprofit boards and committees.  

Washington Awards committee member since 2001

Diane Kanca
Diane Kanca, Partner, VouteLohrfink Magro & McAndrew, LLP

Diane Kanca is a trial lawyer with 32 years of legal experience in commercial litigation, complex litigation, public works projects and appeals. She is retained to act as special counsel on cases throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. She has been a featured speaker at the American Bar Association Conferences, the New York City Bar Association, and lectures on multiple aspects of commercial litigation, complex case management, and medical-legal liability.

Diane Kanca is a trial lawyer with 32 years of legal experience in commercial litigation, complex litigation, public works projects and appeals. She is retained to act as special counsel on cases throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. She has been a featured speaker at the American Bar Association Conferences, the New York City Bar Association, and lectures on multiple aspects of commercial litigation, complex case management, and medical-legal liability. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the District of Connecticut, the District of Puerto Rico, and the Western District of Texas.

Ms. Kanca is an advisory member of ColibriScentique, LLC, the only woman-owned fragrance manufacturing company in the U.S. She is also a registered nurse, having worked in medical-surgical, emergency, oncology and intensive care areas. She has a lifelong love of music, and is proficient at the piano.

Washington Awards committee member since 2001

Philip Kennicott
Philip Kennicott , Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post

Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). He is also a National Magazine Award finalist (2015) and an Emmy Award nominee (2006). He has served as classical music critic of the Detroit News, the St.

Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). He is also a National Magazine Award finalist (2015) and an Emmy Award nominee (2006). He has served as classical music critic of the Detroit News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Washington Post (1999-2001), and is a regular reviewer for Gramophone, a former contributing editor to The New Republic and a frequent contributor to Opera News, among other publications. 

Jason Moran
Jason Moran, Jazz Pianist, Composer, Educator and Artistic Director for Jazz, Kennedy Center

Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX, in 1975 and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX, in 1975 and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

Moran has recorded nine critically acclaimed albums for Blue Note Records. Now he runs his own record label, YES RECORDS. His rich and varied body of work is actively shaping the current and future landscape of jazz. He has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, Sam Rivers, Meshell N’degeocello and many others. Moran scored Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated film SELMA, and his cross-discipline collaborators include the artists Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Stan Douglas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, Theaster Gates and Kara Walker. Commissioning institutions of Moran’s work include the Walker Art Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Monterey Jazz Festival, among many others.

Moran has a long-standing collaborative practice with his wife, the singer Alicia Hall Moran. Their collaboration, WORK SONGS, was commissioned by the 72nd Venice Art Biennial along with his first mixed-media installations STAGED: Savoy Ballroom and Three Deuces.

Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Klaus Ottmann
Klaus Ottmann, Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs, The Phillips Collection

Klaus Ottmann is deputy director for curatorial and academic affairs at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. At the Phillips, he has curated the exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models; Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet; and Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture; and oversaw the installation of the Phillips’s new permanent installation, the Laib Wax Room. Dr. Ottmann has curated more than 50 international exhibitions, including Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe.

Klaus Ottmann is deputy director for curatorial and academic affairs at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. At the Phillips, he has curated the exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models; Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet; and Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture; and oversaw the installation of the Phillips’s new permanent installation, the Laib Wax Room. Dr. Ottmann has curated more than 50 international exhibitions, including Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe. Works 1970–2011; Still Points of the Turning World: SITE Santa Fe’s Sixth International Biennial; Life, Love, and Death: The Work of James Lee Byars; and Wolfgang Laib: A Retrospective. His publications include Yves Klein by Himself: His Life and Thought (2010), Thought Through My Eyes: Writings on Art, 1977–2005 (2006), and The Essential Mark Rothko (2003). He is currently working on two forthcoming exhibitions for the Phillips: an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Dutch artist Karel Appel and a works on paper show with American painter George Condo.

Caitlin Teal Price
Caitlin Teal Price, Photography Artist

Caitlin Teal Price (b. 1980, Washington, DC) received her BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2002, and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2009. She has exhibited both nationally and abroad and her work is part of numerous private and permanent collections including the National Gallery of Art and the Robert V. Fullerton Museum. Her work has been published frequently in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week and The Washington Post Magazine.

Caitlin Teal Price (b. 1980, Washington, DC) received her BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2002, and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2009. She has exhibited both nationally and abroad and her work is part of numerous private and permanent collections including the National Gallery of Art and the Robert V. Fullerton Museum. Her work has been published frequently in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week and The Washington Post Magazine. She currently teaches photography at American University and her forthcoming monograph, Stranger Lives, will be released by Capricious Books in the Fall of 2016.