Tyrone Clinton Jr., a doctoral conducting student of Donald Nally, has received the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians. The $22,000 grant will support Clinton’s research in Mexico during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Clinton will be researching the villancico de negro, a genre native to the Iberian Peninsula that transferred to Central and Latin America during the colonial period. His research focuses on appropriate performance practice of the villancico de negro within a modern setting. He will work closely with music faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico City, including experts who have transcribed villancico scores. He will also have access to the many scores housed at the university’s library.
The Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians was established in 1932 under the terms of the will of Frank Huntington Beebe, a Boston philanthropist interested in music. The purpose of the Fund is to provide fellowships for gifted young musicians, generally performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad. The Fund provides financial support for round trip transportation, living and other expenses.