Susan Feder joined the Foundation in January 2007 as program officer for Performing Arts and now serves in that capacity in the consolidated program for Arts and Cultural Heritage. Ms. Feder oversees grantmaking for performing arts and related organizations, helps develop new initiatives, and works closely with other programs on grants of overlapping areas of interest. Before joining the Foundation, as vice president of the music publishing firm G. Schirmer, Inc., she spent 20 years developing the careers of many leading composers in the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Earlier in her career she was editorial coordinator of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, program editor at the San Francisco Symphony, and a freelance writer on music. A graduate of Princeton University, she serves on the university’s Music Department Advisory Council and the Alumni Schools Committee. Ms. Feder also received an MA in the history and literature of music from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Feder is vice president of the Amphion Foundation, serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, the Kurt Weill Foundation, and the Charles Ives Society, and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music. Her honors include the Concert Music Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), for which she was described as “Publisher, Advisor, Friend, and Champion,” and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for her program notes for the American Composers Orchestra. In 2014 she was named one of Musical America's Profiles in Courage recipients. She is the dedicatee of John Corigliano’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Symphony No. 2, Augusta Read Thomas’s Helios Choros, and Joan Tower’s Dumbarton Oaks Quintet.