Don Byron

Don Byron is a jazz performer and composer who primarily plays the clarinet. He has collaborated and performed with Mario Bauza, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Joe Henry, among many others. Byron has served as the artistic director of jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and been an artist-in-residence at New York’s Symphony Space. He has written music for the dance companies of Donald Byrd, Mark Dendy, and Ellen Sinopoli. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artist Fellowship, and a Rome Prize for Composition. Byron attended the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with George Russell. He was a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2010.


Bassist, composer, and Pew Fellow Jymie Merritt discusses the early influence of Duke Ellington on his artistic practice, his interest in digital composition tools, and more.

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WHYY is the region’s leading public media company and PBS/NPR member station serving one of the nation’s top 10 markets, with more than 2.9 million households in the 5-county greater Philadelphia region, the State of Delaware, and all of Southern New Jersey.

The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.

Paula Marincola and Melissa Franklin reflect on a quarter-century of direct support to artists—how we got started, how the program has evolved, and what we’ve learned.

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Vera Nakonechny, a 2008 Pew Fellow, is a Ukrainian embroiderer, bead worker, and weaver.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cara Starke is director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

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In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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The Academy of Vocal Arts produced the Philadelphia premiere of Ottorino Respighi’s rarely performed 1934 opera La Fiamma.

Over the past 25 years, Pew Fellows have been recognized with numerous prestigious grants and awards, and have had their work presented in 49 US states and more than 60 countries.

Percussionist and Pew Fellow Pablo Batista presents El Viaje (The Journey), a new performance work.

Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.

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Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun is a textile artist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.