“I am still taking in this awesome and life-changing news,” wrote Bryan in an Instagram post.
A composer and pianist based in her hometown of New Orleans, she more recently has developed some ties to Philadelphia.
Over the last year, Bryan has come to Philadelphia for multiple projects as she is currently partaking in Opera Philadelphia’s composer-in-resident program.
Her compositions span various genres, from jazz to gospels and spirituals.
“As I get older, I realize how much my original ideas are variations on the work of my parents (and on the work of my family for generations) and so I give thanks and honor,” said Bryan.
She hopes the new grant will help her expand the ways she can use her creativity.
Read more about the two Philadelphians selected as 2023 MacArthur Genius Grant fellows at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Courtney Bryan is a composer, pianist, and 2023 MacArthur Fellow melding elements of jazz, classical, and sacred music in works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and opera.