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Music Alumna Courtney Bryan Wins MacArthur "Genius Grant"

Courtney Bryan

Composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, who earned a master’s degree in music from Mason Gross School of the Arts, was named today as a member of the 2023 Class of MacArthur Fellows.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has administered the prestigious awards, also known as “genius grants,” annually to 20–30 individuals in fields such as physics, public health, visual arts, and American history since 1981. Fellows each receive a five-year, $800,000 grant. Recipients cannot apply for MacArthur Fellowships; they must be nominated.

Bryan, whose socially conscious work is steeped in jazz, classical, and sacred music, studied jazz piano performance at Mason Gross. She is one of 20 new fellows recognized by the foundation.

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