Dana Jessen Wins Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Award
August 14, 2023
The Cleveland Arts Prize has announced the 2023 winners of their 63rd edition of the awards. Bassoonist Dana Jessen, Oberlin Conservatory of Music associate professor of contemporary music and improvisation, won an award for mid-career artists. A soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and new music specialist, Jessen has presented dozens of world premiere performances throughout North America and Europe with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Dal Niente, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, S.E.M. Ensemble, and the Amsterdam Contemporary Ensemble.
The Cleveland Arts Prize (CAP) promotes creativity in northeast Ohio by honoring artists for artistic excellence and recognizes community leaders who help regional arts flourish. CAP winners will be honored at an October 26 awards event at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jessen joins a long roster of Oberlin College and Conservatory faculty and alumni who have been honored with Cleveland Arts Prize awards including Baroque oboist Debra Nagy BM ’00 & MM ’02, harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell ’90, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, writer Dan Chaon, African American music and jazz studies professor Wendell Logan, conductor Louis Lane, art historian Ellen Johnson, harpist Alice Chalifoux, painter John Pearson, and composers H. Leslie Adams, ’55, Margaret Brouwer ’62, Lewis Nielson, Dennis Eberhard, Edward Miller, Walter Aschaffenburg, and Herbert Elwell.
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