April 11, 2022
Conductor Delta David Gier wins 2022 Ditson Conductors Award presented by Columbia University

Conductor Delta David Gier is the recipient of the 2022 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music presented by Columbia University.  Maestro Gier was cited as “…remarkable in his dedication to contemporary American music. As longtime conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra he has shown an unstinting commitment to programming American orchestral works, many of the premiers. He has developed the program Bridging Cultures, which is devoted to promoting the music of indigenous and diverse communities. He is a model of the engaged conductor.”

The Ditson Conductor’s Award has been awarded by Columbia University since 1945 to encourage public performance of the music of American Composers. It is a component of the Alice M. Ditson Fund established by the University in 1940 to support the work of talented musicians. Previous recipients include David Zinman, Alan Gilbert, George Manahan, Leonard Bernstein, Marin Alsop, Oliver Knussen and John Adams.

Conductor Delta David Gier and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra were recipients of 2016 Bush Foundation Prize for Community Innovation which cited, in particular, The Lakota Music Project as embodying the spirit of the Bush Prize. Maestro Gier and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra were also recipients of a 2015 Mellon Foundation grant for their Bridge Project with the Lakota Nation.


For additional information about Conductor Delta David Gier, please contact William Reinert Associates, Inc.

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