2008 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
[ August 13, 2007 deadline ]
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Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc.
To support Reflect and Rejoice: A Community Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The three-day celebration of the life and message of King will include a concert, an open rehearsal, and participation by the winner of the Sphinx Competition, an organization that seeks to increase the participation of African American and Latino musicians in classical music.
American Brass Chamber Music Association, Inc. (aka American Brass Quintet)
New York, NY
To support a 50th-anniversary double compact disc recording by the American Brass Quintet (ABQ). Works to be included on the recording will include brass chamber music commissioned by or written for ABQ.
American Composers Orchestra, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Orchestra Underground Concerts, New Music Readings, and Playing it UNsafe. In collaboration with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the orchestra will perform in concert and schedule orchestral reading sessions for emerging composers in the area.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI
To support a compact disc recording of works by composer Paul Fetler. The three works to be included on the disc are Fetler's Violin Concerto No. 2, Contrasts, and Three Poems by Walt Whitman for Orchestra and Narrator.
Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc.
To support the commissioning of a new work by composer Christopher Theofanidis. The premiere will take place in celebration of the opening of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (Consortium)
To support performances of composer Leonard Bernstein's Mass. In collaboration with Morgan State University, semi-staged performances will take place in Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia as part of a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the composer's birth.
Bang on a Can, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Summer Institute of Music, an experimental music residency for composers and performers. In partnership with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the program will include free concerts and outreach activities in low-income communities and at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (Consortium)
To support a year-long introduction to music for Berkeley public elementary school students. In collaboration with the Berkeley Unified School District, plans include classroom visits, school concerts, and free tickets to a subscription concert.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Inc.
To support compact disc recordings of works by American composers. The two discs will be premiere releases of works by composers Eric Moe and Anthony Davis.
Chamber Music Albuquerque
To support the 67th annual June Music Festival. Activities will include the presentation of three chamber ensembles at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy.
Chamber Music At The Barn, Inc.
To support chamber music performances and residency activities. French pianist Batrice Hindley will join resident ensemble, the Fairmount String Quartet, in piano quintet performances and educational activities in Wichita and surrounding rural communities.
Charleston Academy of Music
To support the Honors Outreach Project. Elementary, middle, and high school students will receive instruction in piano, violin, viola, cello, or voice in private instruction and group classes.
Chicago Jazz Orchestra Association
To support a tribute to Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005): American Music, Texas Style. The orchestra will join guest blues artist Taj Mahal in an investigation of Browns eclectic style.
Choral Arts Society of Washington (Consortium)
To support the ArtsACCESS program. In collaboration with the District of Columbia Public Schools, project activities will include professional development for teachers and the development of a curriculum that will integrate music learning into other subjects for elementary school students.
Colorado Music Festival
To support education and outreach programming for adults and children. Plans include a young peoples concert, workshops for children, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, master classes, and the production of real-time musical guides for festival audience members.
Colorado Symphony Association
To support statewide tour concerts. Performances and educational activities led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane are planned in Grand Junction, Gunnison, Montrose, and Telluride.
To support free music education and performance programs targeted to at-risk children and youth. The Providence String Quartet will be in residence and will teach and mentor students as well as perform in its downtown storefront facility and in other community venues.
Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Inc.
To support a tour of performances. Performances by the jazz ensemble will take place in Seattle, Portland (OR), Olympia (WA), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, and Albuquerque.
Curtis Institute of Music
To support a compact disc recording of composer Dominick Argentos opera Postcard from Morocco. While the recording took place in April 2007 by the Curtis Opera Theatre accompanied by the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, funding will be targeted to the digital mastering of the live performance and the production and distribution of the disc.
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
To support Up Close and Musical, an educational outreach program. School presentations by the ensemble will take place in seven elementary schools in Pontiac, Inkster, and Detroit.
Early Music Foundation, Inc. (aka Early Music New York)
New York, NY
To support the compact disc recording of music of colonial America by the Early Music New York (EMNY) chamber ensemble. The recording will be released on the foundation's own Ex Cathedra Record label.
To support performances and a compact disc recording of The Seven Creations, a new choral work by composer and founding director Eric Banks. The new work for a cappella chorus and soloists will use a libretto created by the composer based on ancient sacred Persian texts.
Festivals DC, Ltd. (aka Duke Ellington Jazz Festival)
To support the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. The six-day event will take place on the National Mall, at the Lincoln Theater, and at other venues in Washington, DC.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Ltd. (on behalf of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival)
To support artist residencies and performances at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Educational activities will include a jazz scholar-in-residence, pre-performance lectures, and dialogues with the performing artists.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
To support a touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in seven rural Texas communities.
Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association
To support Bridging the Divide, a string instruction program, and community outreach activities. The string instruction program, serving students at five public elementary schools, will be complemented by a concert and workshop by violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and a community concert of Duke Ellington's Three Black Kings.
Greenville Symphony Association
To support the Spotlight Series for Underserved Communities. Symphony musicians will perform chamber orchestra concerts for rural communities in North and South Carolina.
Gregg Smith Singers, Inc.
To support the creation of an oral history of the activities of the organization from 1955 to 2008. Interviews of a wide spectrum of the industry will take place: composers, singers, managers, and publishers from their early days in Los Angeles to touring activities, recording, the Summer Adirondack Festival, and the New York City concert series.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support Musical Pathways, an educational and community engagement program. Activities include Symphony in the Schools (SIS), discussions on music criticism, pre-concert talks, family matinees, the 10th annual I Have a Dream Martin Luther King, Jr., concert, and Musical Dialogues featuring performances by and discussions with African American and Latino communities.
Indiana Symphony Society, Inc.
To support the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's (ISO) Nueva Vida (New Life) Project. Focusing on discussions and interactions with community members who recently immigrated to central Indiana from Central America, composer Gabriela Lena Frank will create a new orchestral work based on these dialogues.
Irving Symphony Orchestra Association
To support youth concerts. Four free concerts for fifth- and seventh-grade students are planned.
Jazz Foundation of America, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Jazz Foundation in the Schools and Musicians' Legacy Programs. The Legacy program will offer weekly private instruction by elder, established, professional musicians for young adult students.
Jazz Institute of Chicago
To support JazzCity: Celebrating the Legacy of Jazz in Chicago. The program will feature concerts in Chicago neighborhoods.
New York, NY
To support the inaugural Harlem International Jazz Festival. The festival will involve various Harlem arts presenters and will feature legendary and emerging musicians from the U.S. and around the world.
JazzReach Performing Art & Education Association
To support a national tour of jazz educational outreach programs. Activities in 30 communities in 15 states will include master classes, workshops, clinics, and performances by its resident ensemble the Metta Quintet.
Kansas City Chorale
Kansas City, MO
To support a compact disc recording of choral works of composer Ren Clausen. The performances will be conducted by Artistic Director Charles Bruffy.
Kitka, Inc. (aka Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble)
To support Voices of Darkness, a performing, touring, recording, and songbook production project. Eastern European folk songs will be the basis of the dramatic song-cycle exploring the experiences of wartime.
Knoxville Symphony Society, Inc. (aka Knoxville Symphony Orchestra)
To support KSO On-the-Road. Ten touring concerts are planned in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
To support Sound Discovery performances; the , a music education program. The project involves five open rehearsals with Lido, an illustrated conductor's baton, that will be presented to adults and students in grades five and above; three Friday Nights for Generation X, Y and NextMusic Discovery Experience, an instrument petting zoo, and Symphonic Concerts for Children, designed for students in the third through fifth grades.
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
To support an outreach concert presented on the Neighborhood Concert Series. Hosted by a local celebrity and performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and a community youth choir, the free concert will be presented in an underserved community in South Los Angeles.
Madison Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support HeartStrings, a community outreach project. An ensemble of the orchestras professional string musicians will perform interactive recitals for underserved and special-needs communities.
Memphis Orchestral Society, Inc. (aka Memphis Symphony Orchestra)
To support Harmony, an educational outreach program for schoolchildren The project will include in-school ensemble performances and youth concerts at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
To support the annual BRIDGES outreach program. The chorus will premiere a new work by composer Stephen Paulus.
Mobile Symphony, Inc. (Consortium)
To support outreach concerts of symphonic repertoire. In partnership with and coordinated by the Washington County Public Library, the orchestra will perform in rural and underserved communities of Alabama.
Music From China, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support performances of traditional and new music for traditional Chinese instruments in central New York state. In partnership with the State University of New York at Oneonta, the concerts will include works written for chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestras.
Musiqa Inc. (Consortium)
To support Around the World with Musiqa, an educational outreach program. In partnership with and coordinated by the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the ensemble will perform concerts for Houston-area youth and families.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
To support Saturday matinee family concerts. Full-orchestra performances will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
To support a statewide tour to small, rural, and underserved communities of New Mexico. The project also will offer educational activities in Albuquerque-area schools.
Opus 118 Music Center (aka Harlem Center for Strings)
New York, NY
To support music education programs targeted for underserved, inner-city youth. Opus 118's afterschool sessions, Harlem Youth Chorus program, and a summer program will be offered to low-income children in East Harlem.
To support a tour of composer George Crumb's American Songbook. The orchestra will perform the concert program in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Other Minds (Consortium)
San Francisco, CA
To support a project to convert archival recordings for free public access via the Internet. In partnership with Internet Archive, Other Minds will select and prepare the materials featuring performances, interviews, and conversation recorded live by leading composers and artists of 20th-century American music.
Peoria Symphony Orchestra
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra will perform concerts in three venues, including Peoria Park District's outdoor amphitheater.
Philadelphia Orchestra Association (Consortium)
To support Neighborhood Concerts. In partnership with the Cooper Health System, the orchestra will perform free concerts and ancillary activities in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
Post-Classical Ensemble, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Mexican Odyssey project. In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute, the orchestra will perform the concert program at the Harman Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Providence Singers, Inc.
To support the performance and recording of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento's Jonah and the Whale. Artistic Director Andrew Clark will conduct the live performances in Providence.
Ravinia Festival Association
Highland Park, IL
To support community outreach and educational programs. The festival will continue its partnership with the Lawndale community to bring music performances and education to Westside Chicago.
Red Cedar Chamber Music
To support Reaching Out: Rural Outreach Concerts. The project will include a series of chamber music concerts and educational events in small rural Iowa communities.
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (on behalf of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
To support ASO Around Georgia, a community partnership initiative of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The tour will include performances and outreach activities as a means to cultivate meaningful partnerships between the orchestra and communities across the state.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
To support Symphony 101, an outreach project of community concerts for underserved and low-income residents. Host and Music Director Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a symphonic repertoire and informal lectures designed for first-time concertgoers.
San Francisco Chanticleer, Inc. (aka Chanticleer)
San Francisco, CA
To support a national concert tour and educational residency project. Activities will include choral coaching, youth choral festivals, and advanced choral training for adult singers.
Santa Monica Symphony Association
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra, conducted by Music Director Allen Robert Gross, will perform chamber concerts in schools and orchestral concerts for families at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Savannah Music Festival, Inc.
To support the Southeastern High School Jazz Band Workshop. High school jazz bands from across the nation will participate in the two-day workshop.
Sheldon Arts Foundation (aka The Sheldon)
St. Louis, MO
To support a touring project of jazz and folk music performances. The Sheldon Jazz Quintet and the Sheldon Acoustic Aces will tour to rural communities in Missouri and Illinois.
Sitka Summer Music Festival Inc.
To support concert tours of chamber music in cities and rural communities in Alaska. The concerts will serve the communities of Anchorage, Dillingham, Gustavus, Kenai, Kodiak, Pelican, and Sitka.
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Sioux Falls, SD
To support the Lakota Music Project. The orchestra will premiere a new work by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids for traditional drum, flute, chorus, and orchestra.
Sylvan Winds, Inc. (aka Sylvan Wind Quintet)
New York, NY
To support the recording of new American works for chamber wind ensemble. The quintet will record works by American composers Robert Dick, Max Lifchitz, and Alla Borzova.
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a concert tour to New York's North Country. The orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Daniel Hege, will perform concerts in rural and underserved communities.
Tales & Scales, Inc.
To support an educational outreach touring program. The ensemble will tour composer Scott Wheelers The Little Dragon (story by Jay O'Callahan) throughout six counties of Indiana.
The 21st Century Consort
To support an archival project of the 21st Century Consort. The ensemble's recordings of significant works by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries will be made available through the Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland-College Park.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Consortium)
To support the Peer-to-Peer jazz education tour. In partnership with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Foundation, activities will include performances and educational programs for jazz students with professional musicians.
Tupelo Symphony Orchestra Association (aka Tupelo Symphony)
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra, directed by Music Director Steven Byess, will perform concerts in underserved and rural communities in Holly Springs and West Point, Mississippi.
University of Idaho (on behalf of Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival)
To support the Jazz in the Schools project of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Jazz performances will be presented in rural schools in the states of Idaho and Washington.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
To support the Made in Vermont Music Festival Tour, a series of concert programs in underserved rural communities. The project will present orchestral programs and educational outreach activities and include a premiere of a commissioned work by native Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert.
Virginia Symphony (aka Virginia Symphony Orchestra)
To support the Harmony Project, a community partnership project with churches and historically black colleges in Hampton Roads. Activities will include ensemble performances, workshops, and educational programs in the region.
Washington Chorus, Inc.
To support an outreach initiative. The chorus will reach out to new audiences and communities through collaborations reaching youth and underserved populations of greater Washington, DC.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a statewide tour to underserved rural communities. The orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Grant Cooper, will introduce orchestral music to new audiences throughout West Virginia.
Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc.
To support young people's concerts throughout the state of West Virginia. The touring outreach project will reach youth in eight counties of the state.
To support the William Grant Still Music Festival. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the American composers death, the festival will include activities such as recitals, a concert performance of the opera Troubled Island (1939), and the orchestral performance of The Afro-American Symphony (1930) and Kaintuck' (1935) piano concerto.
Young People's Chorus of New York City, Inc. (aka YPC) (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Radio Radiance, an educational outreach project. In partnership with WNYC Public Radio, the chorus will bring new music by living composers to young people and a general audience through radio and other media sources.
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