Jennifer Higdon 2013
DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.
Jennifer Higdon, one of America's most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto. Her Percussion Concerto won the 2010 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Her work has been commissioned and performed by orchestras throughout the world.
Jennifer is the recipient of many other national and international awards recognizing her commitment to the highest level of artistic achievement and the quality of her work across a diversity of musical genres. These include a Pew Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her commissions range from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the Santa Fe Opera; from Eighth Blackbird to the Tokyo String Quartet.
A gifted teacher, she holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she has inspired a generation of young composers and musicians from around the world.