The Steven Schick Prize
for Acts of Musical Imagination and Excellence


The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Association celebrates the innovative and impactful musical
contributions of our Maestro Steven Schick as he transitions into the Musical Director Emeritus
position on July 1, 2022.


We celebrate with the establishment of a fund to support a $10,000 Prize in his name.
This Prize will be awarded annually for an imaginative musical project or performance that
underscores the values of artistically adventurous art making, with special focus on awareness
of the social, community, and bi-national dimensions of our region and our rapport with the natural world. 


The Prize will support the creation of art that
complements the LJS&C’s mission to perform an imaginative mix of contemporary and traditional
music. We seek to create a broader opportunity for our diverse artistic community to join this
movement, thus honoring the musical innovation modeled by Maestro Schick


Details of the Prize criteria was developed by
a special committee of Board members, patrons, and community representatives.
The goal is to raise $200,000 to form a special fund, the income of which will be used for the annual Prize.  

The Steven Schick Prize for 

Acts of Musical Imagination & Excellence 

Sponsor: The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 

Purpose

To acknowledge in perpetuity, the profound contribution made by Steven Schick to the development and elevation of the LJS&C, to become the premier “community orchestra and chorus” in San Diego, recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and imaginative performances of contemporary and traditional orchestral music. 

Overview: 

The LJS&C will create and fund an annual prize to be awarded to a local community individual, organization or other artistic entity for contributing to the enrichment and continuation of Steven Schick’s LJS&C music legacy, further inspiring the power and potential of community-based music and artistic endeavors, and the fulfillment of the LJS&C mission. 

The prize will be awarded for an active, artistic contribution (performance, concert set, world premiere, installation, improvisation, collaboration etc.) that will complement and enhance the artistic mission of the LJS&C. 

It is expected the Prize will become a significant catalyst for artistic innovation in San Diego and environs, and through a music connection, will contribute to fulfilling the strategic initiatives contained within the recently completed LJS&C Strategic Plan. The publicity will increase community awareness of the LJS&C and the artistic contributions will enrich the innovative and unique musical programming that has been cultivated by Steven Schick and embraced by the community ensembles over the past 15 years. 

The awarding of the Prize and the subsequent music event associated with it, will keep the Steven Schick contribution to LJS&C, and the associated musical community, vibrant and enduring. 

Name: The Steven Schick Prize for Acts of Musical Imagination and Excellence 

Frequency of Award: Annually 

Prize Value: $10,000 

Prize Award Criteria 

The Prize will be awarded for an Imaginative musical project(s) or performance(s) that underscore(s) the values of artistically adventurous art making, with special focus on awareness of the social, community, and bi-national dimensions of our region and our rapport with the Natural World. 

The award will be an impetus for the creation of art in and about the San Diego region that will complement the LJS&C mission of performing “an imaginative mix of contemporary and traditional music” appealing to the diverse communities of the San Diego region. 

The intent is to attract all artistic genres to connect and collaborate with the LJS&C, and through a music connection, provide unique artistic experiences. 

Recipient Profile 

An individual, artistic performance group, arts organization, institution, education entity etc. based or residing in the San Diego region. No specific musical or academic credentials or affiliation, other than meeting application requirements will be needed. 

Geographic Reach: San Diego County and Tijuana communities. 

*Designation: To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose, please enter a description of how you’d like your donation to be used.