FY 2005 Grant Awards:
Access to Artistic Excellence II
Dance | Design | Folk
& Traditional Arts | Literature | Local
Media Arts | Multidisciplinary | Museums | Music | Musical Theater
Presenting | Theater | Visual Arts
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc.
To support Touring Alabama. Performances and mini-residencies will take place in three communities including Fort Payne, Livingston, and Selma.
American Brass Chamber Music Association, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a tour of performances and residency activities by the American Brass Quintet. Each residency will include up to seven performance and educational events, culminating in a formal concert in each community.
American Composers Forum
St. Paul, MN
To support the innova® Recordings production of CD's by Henry Brandt, the re-issue of films on DVD, and a "scrapbook" publication of Harry Partch. Plans include a set of 15 CD's of 28 works by Henry Brandt, a DVD of two experimental films, and a reprint of a bio-scrapbook of Harry Partch.
American Music Center, Inc.
New York, NY
To support American Music Center's Virtual Information Center for new American music through its NewMusicBox.org and NewMusicJukeBox.org Web sites. NewMusicBox is a monthly Web magazine about artists and issues in the new music community, and NewMusicJukeBox is a searchable, encyclopedic database of contemporary American composers.
Bang on a Can, Inc. (consortium)
To support the Summer Institute of Music, a consortium residency program for composers and performers of experimental music. In partnership with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the initiative includes free concerts and outreach activities in low-income communities, and at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Inc.
To support CD recordings of works by American composers. Each of the four new CD recordings will represent either a premiere release or a new release of an out-of-print recording.
Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (consortium)
To support Music Off the Walls, a consortium project. A series of chamber music concerts will be performed in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, exploring themes of current exhibitions.
Cactus Pear Music Festival
San Antonio, TX
To support the presentation of tour concerts to rural communities by the Cactus Pear Music Festival. Plans include four concerts in the nearby rural Texas communities of Georgetown, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, and Boerne.
Canton Symphony Orchestra Association
To support school performances and young people's concerts. Plans include small ensembles performing in 20 elementary and middle schools in Canton, and two young people's concerts.
Cazadero Performing Arts Camp
To support Jumpstart in Music. In collaboration with the Berkeley Unified School District, middle school music students will be offered a three-day weekend retreat of music instruction.
Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA
To support Pied Piper, interactive chamber ensemble music concerts for children. Performed at a public library, the 32 concerts will be performed by ensembles of strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion for preschool-age children and special elementary populations.
Celebrity Series of Boston
To support What Makes It Great?, Family Musik performances, and community concerts. In celebration of the 10th year of Celebrity Series programs by Robert Kapilow, three What Makes It Great? programs, three Family Musik performances, and three free community concerts are planned.
Charlotte Philharmonic Society, Inc.
To support the performance and broadcast of the 2005 Philharmonic Holiday Concert. The performance will take place at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
To support Coming Together - A Wave of Progress, a community engagement program. Plans include organization-wide initiatives and programs that will build artistic partnerships within the African American and Latino communities.
Cinnabar Arts Corporation
To support the presentation of a concert and semi-staged version of Robert Xavier Rodriguez's opera La Curandera. The opera, based on Mozart's comic opera Bastien und Bastienne, will feature a female sorceress in the Mexican folk tradition.
Classical Symphony Orchestra
To support free concerts by college and high school age students. The eight free concerts will take place at Preston Bradley Hall, at the Chicago Cultural Center, during 2005-06.
Colorado Symphony Association
To support state-wide tour concerts. Performances and educational activities led by Music Director Designate, Jeffrey Kahane, are planned in Fort Collins, Alamosa, Pueblo, and Grand Junction during 2005-06.
Columbia College Chicago (on behalf of Center for Black Music Research)
To support school residencies and performances. During 2005-06, the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble will conduct six residencies in schools and community venues, and will perform during the joint national conference of the Center for Black Music Research and the Society for American Music.
To support free music education and performance programs for children and youth. During 2005-06, the Providence String Quartet will be in residence and will teach and mentor students, as well as perform in the community.
Cygnus Ensemble, Inc.
Mt. Vernon, NY
To support a CD recording of new works for chamber ensemble. The works to be included on the Bridge Records release are works by William Anderson, Milton Babbitt, David Claman, Akemi Naito, and Rolv Yttrehus.
Da Capo Chamber Players, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a chamber ensemble performance tour and residency activities. The four-state tour will involve concerts, public school performances, open rehearsals, and programs for retirement communities.
San Francisco, CA
To support a consortium project for a workshop of a new opera score, Every Man Jack, by composer Libby Larsen and librettist Philip Littell. The workshop with the ensemble Earplay in June 2005 will help the composer determine how all the Sonoma City Opera production elements are working together.
Electronic Music Foundation, Ltd.
To support Electronic Music in the United States, a Web site. Plans include compiling, researching, and acquiring audio, video, and other documentation of the pioneers in electronic music for inclusion on the Web site.
Fargo-Moorhead Orchestral Association
To support an outreach and intergenerational education program. Activities will include Pizza Pop Concerts for teens and young adults, and Young People's/Family Concerts for elementary school students and their families during 2005-06.
Farmers' Museum, Inc.
To support the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival. The three-week summer festival in August 2005 will include six performances, two interactive family concerts, and free educational outreach programs.
Flynn Theatre 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 Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN
To support Unplugged, an informal classical concert series. During 2005-06, Unplugged concerts will be hosted by a local celebrity and feature casually dressed orchestra members under live video images projected on a large screen.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
To support a state-wide touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in five rural communities.
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Glens Falls, NY
To support Made in America, a collaborative commissioning, performance, and outreach project. A new work by Joan Tower will be commissioned and performed by up to 60 small-budget orchestras in all 50 states.
Greensboro Symphony Society, Inc.
To support a community gospel concert and associated educational activities. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Isaiah Jackson, the concert will involve more than 200 choristers from community churches of various denominations.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a Martin Luther King Celebration concert, school and community concerts, and a Latino Celebration. Plans include the 7th annual I Have a Dream concert in 2006, outreach performances in community organizations, and concerts featuring performances and compositions by Latino artists.
Horizon Concerts, Inc.
New York, NY
To support artist fees for free concerts by solo performers in senior citizen facilities, nursing homes, special education schools, homeless shelters, and other social service organizations. Up to 100 free concerts by young professional musicians will take place during 2005-06.
Houston Symphony Society (consortium)
To support school residency activities, a consortium project. Plans include professional development, instrument instruction, ensemble performances, and student attendance at concerts, in partnership with the Houston Independent School District and the Crockett Charter School (CCS).
To support a tour of concerts in tribute to Dr. Carleen Hutchins, the maker of eight scaled violins that collectively span the full range of written music. The tour will begin in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and continue to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which currently owns a set of the violins.
Instituto Pro Musica de California
San Francisco, CA
To support a state-wide tour of Fandango! - a choral and instrumental program of the music of early California (1770-1870). Performances will take place in Los Angeles, Monterey, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Barbara in June 2005.
Jazz Alliance International, Inc.
New York, NY
To support an audience development and media awareness campaign promoting jazz to the African American community. The campaign will include radio and television public service announcements, magazine articles, an eight-page editorial magazine, Internet banners, and college panel discussions.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Inc.
New York, NY
To support the U.S. tour of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO), the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), and smaller ensembles by distinguished jazz artists. The tour will reach up to 15 cities in 12 states.
New York, NY
To support Jazz Masters Pass It On. Emerging musicians will be paired with prominent jazz musicians, including many NEA Jazz Masters, to perform together and discuss the means by which jazz traditions are passed on to younger generations.
Jazz Institute of Chicago
To support the Chicago Jazz and Heritage Program, featuring concerts, workshops, and artist residencies in Chicago neighborhoods. Community outreach and learning opportunities will be provided for youth and adults throughout the city during 2005-06.
Juneau Symphony, Inc.
To support tour concerts to rural communities. Concerts will take place in Haines, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada.
To support the research, presentation, CD recording, songbook publication, and tour of Lulaj: Lullabies and Songs of Children from the Old Country. Traditional songs sung by Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian mothers and their children will be gathered, documented, preserved, and showcased in the collection.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
To support Sound Discovery, a music education program. Open rehearsals with Lido©, an animated conductor's baton, will be presented to students in grades five and above, and the Symphonic Concert for Children will reach third- through fifth-grade students.
Lexington Philharmonic Society Inc.
To support concerts in rural and inner-city communities as well as educational concerts for children and families. Activities will include ensemble concerts for families, instrument "petting zoos" in schools, public parks, and businesses, and outreach concerts in rural Kentucky communities and inner-city Lexington.
Macon Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support performances of works by American composers. The Macon Symphony, under the artistic leadership of music director Adrian Gnam, will perform two concerts at the Grand Opera House and the Griffin Auditorium.
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
To support the presentation, archival recording, and preservation of MCGJazz presentations. Proposed artists for the 19th annual series in 2005-06 include Nestor Torres, Liz Wright, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band, Joshua Redman, and Chick Corea.
Manna House Workshops Inc.
New York, NY
To support music education and performance programs. Plans include individual music instruction and a concert series.
Meet The Composer, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Creative Connections, a nationwide project that brings composers and audiences together around new musical works. The project will provide opportunities for composers to attend performances of their music and take part in pre- or post-concert discussions, open rehearsals, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and interviews.
Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Inc.
To support the Senior Series. Brass, string, and woodwind ensemble performances will take place in area senior centers, retirement facilities, and long-term care homes.
To support the annual Bridges outreach program. Choral Crawl, the 11th annual program, will feature presentations in the Mill City Museum in collaboration with multimedia artists.
Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra
To support tour concerts and educational activities. Concerts and in-school programs will take place in western North Dakota cities including Dickinson, New Salem, Beach, Williston, Hettinger, Washburn, Wilton, Minot, Beulah, and Medora.
Music For All Seasons, Inc.
Scotch Plains, NJ
To support interactive music programs for children and residents of shelters for victims of domestic violence. The eight programs of two to four musicians are planned for shelters in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.
Nashville Symphony Association
To support outreach concerts in rural areas of Tennessee. In partnership with local community organizations, the symphony will tour to diverse and underserved communities.
New Century Musical Arts Society
To support residencies by the New Century Saxophone Quartet for three underserved communities in Washington, DC. The ensemble will provide master classes, performances, and lessons at Howard University, the Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts, and the Southeast Branch of the Levine School of Music.
New England Conservatory of Music
To support the preservation of music scores by leading jazz composers over the past 50 years. Works by artists such as NEA Jazz Masters George Russell, Cecil Taylor, Gunther Schuller, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Lacy, and Ran Blake will be made accessible through the New England Conservatory Jazz Archive.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center Corporation
To support Sounds of the City, a presentation of weekly, free, outdoor summer concerts in the center's downtown plaza. The concerts will feature diverse musical styles ranging from jazz, swing, and salsa to Cajun and Celtic.
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra)
To support a state-wide tour to small, rural, and underserved communities of New Mexico. The project also will offer educational activities in Albuquerque area schools.
Omaha Symphony Association
To support a tour to rural and underserved communities of Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. The symphony will perform concerts and provide educational experiences for adults and children.
Opus 118 Music Center (Harlem Center for Strings)
New York, NY
To support music lessons for underserved, inner-city youth. Opus 118's Conservatory Program will be offered to low-income children in East Harlem.
Oregon Symphony Association
To support the Community Music Partnership program. The orchestra will select an underserved, rural community to participate in a two-year outreach residency.
Other Minds (consortium)
San Francisco, CA
To support the digital conversion of archival recordings for free public access via the Internet. Other Minds and consortium partner Internet Archive will select and prepare the materials featuring performances, interviews, and conversations recorded live by leading composers and artists of 20th-century American music.
Pawtucket Day Nursery Association
To support weekly music classes for low-income, underserved children. Instructors from the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic will provide music appreciation and introductory instruction to children in Pawtucket Day's music program.
Philadelphia Orchestra Association (consortium)
To support Neighborhood Concerts, a consortium project with the Cooper Health System. The orchestra will perform free concerts and ancillary activities in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band
To support performances of music by 15th century composer Jacob Obrecht. The ensemble will tour the program to Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Philomel Concerts, Inc.
To support expansion of Imagination Workshops, Kids' Concerts, and Concerts & Conversations. The educational outreach programs and family concerts will provide access to, and build long-term audiences for, early music.
Phoenix Symphony Association
To support One Nation, a consortium project of education programs for the local Native American community. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (aka the Salt River Community Schools) in Scottsdale will partner with the symphony to expand outreach efforts and increase the number of private music lessons offered.
Pittsburgh Symphony Society (consortium)
To support a community partners concert with consortium partner Afro-American Music Institute, Inc. The symphony performance will include the winner of the annual Sphinx Competition and will be held at Heinz Hall.
Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra Corporation
San Juan, PR
To support Musical Zoo, a music appreciation project for children. The symphony will conduct educational performances and "petting zoo" activities throughout Puerto Rico.
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association (consortium)
To support educational outreach and touring performances, a consortium project with Iowa Communications Network. Touring performances by three ensembles of the orchestra will be recorded and broadcast throughout central and eastern Iowa.
Queens Symphony Orchestra Inc
To support in-school ensemble performances, educational workshops, and young people's concerts. The music appreciation project will reach children and families throughout the Borough of Queens.
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
To support Business After-Hours community outreach performances. The orchestra will perform for employees and their families at their workplace.
Rhythmic Concepts, Inc.
To support a jazz music education camp for all ages. Jazz Camp West will offer daily classes and multiple performance opportunities throughout its eight-day program.
Roanoke Symphony Society
To support a tour to rural and underserved communities in southwestern Virginia. Activities will include concerts, ensemble performances, and master classes.
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (on behalf of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
To support ASO Around Georgia, a community partnership initiative. The tour will include performances and outreach activities as a means to cultivate meaningful partnerships with 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 for first-time concertgoers at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis, MO
To support a percussion festival. Percussionist Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble will be featured in the May 2006 festival performances under the direction of music director David Robertson, at the conclusion of his first season with the Orchestra.
San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association
San Diego, CA
To support concerts reaching out to new audiences. The San Diego Symphony, under music director Jahja Ling, will perform selections from their repertoire by Mexican composers in several venues in San Diego and Tijuana.
San Francisco Chanticleer, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support a national concert and educational residency project. Activities will include choral coaching, youth choral festivals, and advanced choral training for adult singers.
Santa Cecilia Opera and Orchestra Association
Los Angeles, CA
To support Discovering Music, an educational outreach program in underserved communities of Los Angeles. The project, led by artistic director Sonia Marie De Leon, will provide orchestral performances and educational activities in venues ranging from elementary schools to community centers.
Santa Fe New Music, Inc.
Santa Fe, NM
To support Music Literacy Through the New, an educational initiative for the Santa Fe New Music Youth Ensemble and Young Composers' Project. The project will include workshops for youth and adults in composition, theory, and performance.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (consortium)
To support ACCESS, a consortium project of outreach performances and educational events for underserved communities. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, the orchestra will engage children and families in diverse neighborhoods of Seattle.
Sherwood Conservatory of Music
To support music education for underserved communities. The project will offer comprehensive programs of instruction and performance in two neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side.
Sitka Summer Music Festival Inc.
To support concert tours of chamber music in cities and rural communities of Alaska. The concerts will serve communities in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Haines, Juneau, Kodiak, Nenana, Pelican, and Sitka.
Sixteen As One Music Inc. (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
New York, NY
To support performances and a CD recording of new works by composer Jim McNeely. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will premiere the works at the Village Vanguard in New York City.
Saratoga Springs, NY
To support the Skidmore Jazz Institute at the college's Bernhard Theater. The two-week summer jazz program will include master classes, daily improvisational classes, private instruction, and a mini-festival.
Southwest Chamber Music Society
To support the recording of a new work by Chinary Ung. The commissioned work will be premiered and recorded by Southwest Chamber Music.
St. Joseph Symphony Society, Inc.
St. Joseph, MO
To support concerts for underserved, rural communities. The orchestra will perform symphonic repertoire in western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Inc.
Sun Valley, ID
To support an artist residency project by Ethos Percussion Group. The ensemble will perform concerts, and conduct educational outreach, in the communities of central Idaho.
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support concert tours to New York's North Country. The orchestra, under the direction of music director Daniel Hege, will perform concerts in rural and underserved communities.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
To support Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum. The free, Internet-based curriculum teaches the history and development of jazz in the United States.
Tucson Symphony Society (consortium)
To support the Southern Arizona Residency, a consortium project with the Gila Valley Arts Council. The project will consist of an educational component and a public concert in six rural communities in southern Arizona.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
To support the Made in Vermont Music Festival Tour, a series of educational activities and community concert programs in rural and underserved communities. The project will present children's programs in ten communities, followed by family concerts in each location.
To support Lift Every Voice, a community partnership project with churches and Historically Black Colleges in Hampton Roads. The Virginia Symphony, and the combined choirs of Hampton University and Norfolk State University, will perform composer Dr. Robert Ray's Gospel Mass, and conduct workshops and educational performances throughout the region.
Washington Men's Camerata, Inc.
To support the National Library of Men's Choral Music, and a CD recording of men's choral repertoire. The project will advance the multiyear development of an operational lending library and searchable database to safeguard collections of men's choral music, and will make the repertoire widely available for study and performance.
West Shore Symphony Orchestra
To support outreach concerts in western Michigan. The orchestra will perform free outdoor and chamber music concerts in non-traditional settings.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a state-wide tour to rural and underserved communities. The orchestra, with music director Grant Cooper, will introduce orchestral music to new audiences throughout West Virginia.
Western Jazz Presenters Network, Inc.
La Jolla, CA
To support a touring initiative featuring jazz violinist Regina Carter. The Regina Carter Quartet will perform in towns and cities in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada.
WGBH Educational Foundation
To support Art of the States, a radio and online distribution service of contemporary music. The service will provide monthly radio programs to broadcasters nationally and internationally, as well as a growing collection of works presented through its Web site.
William Marsh Rice University
To support Sound Reasoning, a Web-based interactive music appreciation course. The course will be accessible through Rice University's Connexions project, an open source curriculum available to all ages.
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