2015 Residency stipend NYC from the City of Zurich (September 2016 to March 2017)
2015 Jazz-prize from the IBK (International Bodensee Conference)
2015 priz netzhdk (prize of the alumni organisation of the Zurich University of Arts)
2015 Art-prize of the Academy of Arts Berlin. Marena was the first winner from the genre Jazz/Pop in the history of the prize beginning in 1948. Other prize-winners were Olivier Messiaen (1984) and Pierre Boulez (1996).
2015 Nomination for the ZKB Jazzpreis with Marena Whitcher's Shady Midnight Orchestra
Selection press reviews
"Marena Whitcher isn't a jazz singer. Marena Whitcher is a cosmos."
Carine Zuber in her laudation for jazz-prize of the IBK (International Bodensee Conference), October 2015
"Marena Whitcher now presents a debut album that simply bubbles over with originality. Singing glass harps, strumming music boxes, a touch of Dada, choral singing, theatrics, recklessness, melancholy, improvisation, avant-garde and ghost-jazz. Not recommended for the faint-hearted."
Ane Hebeisen, Der Bund, May 2015
"The compositions are intricately composed, taking exquisite care in every single detail. Dense textures are delivered in a hauntingly beautiful narrative that evokes a musical similarity to Tim Burton’s visual quirkiness. Her ability shines through everything, and one senses a devoted effort in each note."
Mischa Mathys, The Formant, Dear Velvet, Mai 2015