2007 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
[ August 14, 2006 deadline ]
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Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
American Brass Chamber Music Association, Inc. (aka American Brass Quintet)
New York, NY
To support a multi-state tour of performances and residency activities. Each two- to three-day residency will include as many as seven performance and educational events by the American Brass Quintet.
American Composers Orchestra, Inc. (aka ACO) (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Orchestra Underground Concerts, New Music Readings, and Laboratory Performance. 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.
American Symphony Orchestra League (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support research, communications, and the development of a self-assessment tool for improving an orchestra's understanding of community dynamics and strengthening community relationships. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, as a partnering organization, will provide information and expertise in assessing levels of public engagement and community inclusiveness in arts programs.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI
To support the Generations program. Designed to bring music to individuals at all stages of life, the project includes performances and educational activities for pre-school age children, families, young professionals, and senior citizens.
Art Sanctuary (Consortium)
To support the creation and presentation of a new work by composer Hannibal Lokumbe and residency activities. A three-month residency by Lokumbe will take place at the partnering organization, the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (aka Bardavon)
To support an educational artist residency program for high school students. Plans include workshops, master classes, and performances by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Playback Theater NYC, and the Tony Corbiscello Band.
Bebop and Beyond
To support the CD recording of the late NEA Jazz Master Benny Carter and the Mel Martin Quintet. The new recording, titled Bebop and Beyond Presents the Benny Carter/Mel Martin Quintet, will feature previously unreleased live performances by Carter.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Inc. (aka BMOP)
To support CD recordings of works by American composers. The four discs will include premiere releases or new releases of out-of-print recordings of works by composers Reza Vali, George Antheil, Ken Ueno, and Jacob Druckman.
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka BSO)
To support Youth and Family Concerts with accompanying online educational tools. Two programs, each performed eight times, will focus on the concept of Theme and Variations.
To support a CD recording of American choral music titled A Sound Like This. The disc will feature world-premiere recordings of works by Henry Cowell, Edie Hill, Steven Sametz, Eric Ewazen, and Jocelyn Hagen as well as recordings of work by Eric Whitacre and Paul Nelson.
Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (aka Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra)
Cedar Rapids, IA
To support Pied Piper, an interactive chamber music concert series for children. Performed at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the 32 concerts for pre-school age children and special elementary school populations will feature strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion ensembles.
Central Park Conservancy, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Harlem Meer Performance Festival. The free summer series will showcase African American and Latino music and feature established and emerging artists from the area's African American and Latino communities.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. (aka Charlotte Symphony)
To support a tour of The Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody and related educational activities. Created by local composer David Crowe, the multimedia work uses photography, video, live narration, and symphonic music to tell the story of the social and economic transitions that occurred in mill communities of the Carolina Piedmont.
Chicago Classical Recording Foundation
To support a CD recording of works by emerging American composers. The disc will include works based on the poetry of Billy Collins by composers Lita Grier, Carter Pann, Pierre Jalbert, Stacy Garrop, and Vivan Fung.
Children's Concert Society of Akron, Ohio (aka Children's Concert Society) (Consortium)
To support concerts for school children and related educational activities. Consortium partner Akron Symphony Orchestra will perform concerts at the E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall for all Summit County area second- and third-graders.
Cityfolk, Inc. (Consortium)
To support presentations of NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner. Cityfolk will present three concerts by Tyner with consortium partners The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas and "We Always Swing," Inc., in Columbia, Missouri.
Classical Recording Foundation, Inc. (aka CRF)
To support the DVD release of George Crumb's Apparition. The DVD will include filmed performances of works by 1968 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb performed by his ensemble, an interview with the composer and his commentary on the works performed, and biographical film, photographs, and audio excerpts of notable past Crumb recordings.
Community Musicworks (aka CMW)
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 other community venues.
Conspirare, Inc. (aka Conspirare: Craig Hella Johnson & Company of)
To support Border Crossings, a tour of performances and educational activities, and a CD recording of the program. Tour activities will begin in four border cities of the Rio Grande Valley area of south Texas including Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, and McAllen and then travel to Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin.
Contemporary Music Forum (aka CMF) (Consortium)
To support new music concerts and a new music academy for American and French music students. A partnership with the French-American Cultural Foundation, the project will include a 10-day new music festival with extensive educational activities, a premiere performance of a work by composer Roger Reynolds, and a concert in celebration of the 100th birthday of composer Elliott Carter.
Delaware Symphony Association (aka Delaware Symphony Orchestra)
To support the In-School Ensemble program. Designed for third- through sixth-graders, the program will include ensemble visits to eight schools in two four-week sessions culminating in full orchestral Explorer Concerts.
Diaz Music Institute (aka DMI - Caliente)
To support the Latin Jazz Summer Workshop. Students in grades pre-K through 12 will receive instruction in the music and culture of Latin and Afro-Caribbean jazz.
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
To support The Final Four project, a free 50th-anniversary community concert. Patterned after a college basketball tournament, the project will entail audience members voting for their favorite classical music work to be performed at the concert.
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corp.
To support In-School Concerts for children and Music for Life Concerts for senior citizens. The school concerts will reach elementary and middle school children in 10 schools, and six concerts for seniors are planned.
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 Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. (aka Fort Wayne Philharmonic)
Fort Wayne, IN
To support Unplugged, an informal classical music concert series. The concerts, hosted by a local celebrity, will feature casually dressed orchestra members under live video images projected on a large screen.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (aka Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
Fort Worth, TX
To support a touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in five rural communities in north central Texas.
Future of Music Coalition (aka FMC)
To support the annual Policy Summit. The three-day conference will engage speakers and panelists to discuss and examine key issues impacting independent professional musicians including digital technology, artists' rights, and the current state of the music industry.
Greenville Choral Society & New Carolina Sinfonia
To support Rising Voices in the East: Music Reaching New and Diverse Audiences. Concerts will take place for economically disadvantaged seniors and youth in rural communities.
Greenville Symphony Association (aka Greenville Symphony Orchestra)
To support concerts and educational activities featuring Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The two performances will be preceded by educational activities for children and adults who, like Glennie, are hearing-impaired.
Gregg Smith Singers, Inc.
To support the Gregg Smith Singers Legacy Composers Series, a collection of recordings and choral music publications. The collection will include works written especially for the group, many of which have never been published.
Guitar Foundation of America
Garden Grove, CA
To support online access to an archive of classical music scores for guitar. The online collection will include scores written and published before 1906, which are either rare publications or unique editions.
Hartford Jazz Society, Inc.
To support jazz concerts and related educational activities. Pianist Geri Allen and trumpeter Roy Hargrove will be presented in separate concerts and will give master classes at an area high school and music conservatory.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Celebration Concert and school and community concerts. Plans for the eighth annual concert include school performances, outreach performances in community organizations, and concerts featuring performances and compositions by African American and Latino artists.
Heritage Signature Chorale
To support the performance and recording of composer R. Nathaniel Dett's oratorio, The Ordering of Moses. Written as the composer's masters thesis at Eastman School of Music in 1932, the work is scored for chorus and orchestra and is currently not available as a commercial recording.
Jazz Arts Group of Columbus
To support the inaugural year of a jazz academy. Designed to educate adults as well as children, the academy will offer 17 courses in a fall session and two spring sessions.
JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association (aka JazzReach, Inc.)
To support a national tour of jazz educational outreach programs for K-12 students. Activities will include master classes, workshops, and clinics in 30 communities in 15 states.
Jazzschool, Inc. (aka The Jazzschool)
To support the Jazzschool Middle School Project. Economically disadvantaged students in grades six through eight will have the opportunity to work with professional jazz musicians and music educators in a 30-week, after-school jazz study and performance program.
Key West Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Key West, FL
To support Bridging the Keys with Music, a tour throughout the Florida Keys. Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, the orchestra will perform 10 concerts conducted by Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso in 10 Keys communities.
Knoxville Symphony Society, Inc.
To support a family concert series and related educational activities. Targeting families with children between the ages of three and eight, the series will explore the basic elements of music.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
To support Sound Discovery, a music education program. The project involves five open rehearsals with Lido©, an animated conductor's baton, that will be presented to adults and students in grades five and above, and Symphonic Concerts for Children, designed for students in the third through fifth grades.
Lexington Philharmonic Society, Inc.
To support Lexphil On Tour. Plans include eight orchestral and ensemble concerts and educational activities in underserved rural Appalachian towns and in eastern Kentucky.
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
To support an outreach concert presented in the Neighborhood Concert Series. Hosted by a local celebrity and performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Academy of Opportunity Youth Choir, the free concert will be presented in an underserved community in South Los Angeles.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Orleans, LA
To support Una Festa d'Italia, a concert celebrating Italian and Sicilian heritage. The concert will focus on the long-standing musical connections between New Orleans and its citizens of Italian and Sicilian origin.
Louisville Orchestra, Inc.
To support MakingMUSIC, an education program. Concerts for fourth- through eighth-grade students will take place in concert halls, schools, and community centers in Louisville, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana.
Macon Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka Macon Symphony)
To support performances of works by African American composers in observance of Black History Month. The Macon Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director Adrian Gnam, will perform concerts at the Grand Opera House and Ft. Valley State University.
Madison Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support HeartStrings, a community outreach project. An ensemble of the orchestra's professional string musicians will perform interactive recitals for underserved and special-needs communities.
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (aka MCG Jazz)
To support the presentation, archival recording, and preservation of MCG Jazz presentations. The 21st annual programming will include NEA Jazz Masters Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea.
Martina Arroyo Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Prelude to Performance, a summer professional development program for young singers. Participants will spend six weeks preparing roles with a team of coaches, teachers, and conductors, culminating in public performances.
Maryland State Boychoir, Inc.
To support summer regional tours. Two choirs of the Maryland State Boychoir will perform concerts in multiple states and several regions of the country.
Meet The Composer, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Creative Connections, a nationwide effort that brings composers and audiences together around new musical works. Through a partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, 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.
Melody of China, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support performances of commissioned works by composers Gang Situ and Yuanlin Chen. The San Francisco Guitar Quartet will collaborate with Melody of China in the premiere performances at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
To support the annual BRIDGES outreach program. The chorus will premiere composer Robert Kyr's cantata Ah Nagasaki, written to mark the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of the Japanese city.
Minnesota Orchestral Association (aka Minnesota Orchestra)
To support a CD recording of To Be Certain of the Dawn by Stephen Paulus for release on BIS Records. The large-scale oratorio received its premiere in 2005 and commemorates the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
MOSAIC, Inc. (aka MOSAIC)
New York, NY
To support a CD/DVD recording of two new works of American chamber music for ensemble, digital signal processing, and video. Sebastian Currier's Nightmaze and Rand Steiger's Dreamscape, commissioned and premiered by MOSAIC in 2005, will be recorded and distributed by Bridge Records.
Music For All Seasons, Inc.
Scotch Plains, NJ
To support interactive music programs for children and residents of targeted communities. Between two and four professional musicians will be engaged for programs in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and California geared primarily toward children living in shelters for victims of domestic violence.
Music of Remembrance
To support Sparks of Glory, a number of free concerts and lectures featuring repertoire from the period of the Holocaust. The 90-minute events will be presented at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Seattle.
Nashville Symphony Association
To support free-of-charge and discounted outreach concerts in rural areas of Tennessee and Alabama. In partnership with local community organizations, the orchestra will tour to diverse and underserved communities.
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (aka Albuquerque 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.
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Inc. (aka NOJO)
New Orleans, LA
To support a series of free community concerts. The big band will perform for diverse communities of New Orleans.
New York Pops, Inc. (aka The New York Pops)
New York, NY
To support Beyond the Frame, a series of free outdoor concerts in Bryant Park. The orchestra will host guest artists and perform arrangements of their works ranging from Latin and hip-hop to indie rock.
North American Embassy of Anaphoria Island
Los Angeles, CA
To support a three-CD recording of composer Harry Partch's long-lost work Bitter Sweet (1940). The +PARTCH+ performing ensemble will perform and record the three-hour work for release on Bridge Records.
Omaha Symphony Association (aka Omaha Symphony)
To support outreach and education programs in the greater metropolitan Omaha area. The orchestra will perform concerts and provide educational experiences for adults and children.
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 Music Together for preschoolers, Saturday Music program, and a summer program will be offered to low-income children in East Harlem.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
To support performances and educational activities related to the Copland Chronicles concert program.
Pennsylvania Public Radio Associates, Inc. (aka Echoes)
Chester Springs, PA
To support the restoration of a contemporary music concert archive. Originally recorded and produced for Echoes, a daily program in the 1980s, the restored archives will be broadcast on public radio and other distribution media.
Peoria Symphony Orchestra (aka PSO)
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra will perform family and youth concerts as well as a free outdoor concert at the Peoria Park District's amphitheater.
Philadelphia Orchestra Association (Consortium)
To support Neighborhood Concerts. In partnership with the Cooper Health System, the orchestra will perform free concerts with educational activities targeted to non-traditional and underserved audiences in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
To support outreach concerts for underserved communities in the Delaware Valley. The orchestra will perform concerts in community centers in Philadelphia and Chester, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey.
Philomel Concerts, Inc.
To support 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 (aka The Phoenix Symphony)
To support One Nation, an educational program targeted to the local Native American community. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Schools in Scottsdale will collaborate with the orchestra to expand outreach efforts and increase the number of private music lessons offered.
Pittsburgh Symphony Society (aka Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) (Consortium)
To support A Celebration of Wilkinsburg. In partnership with the Wilkinsburg School District, the orchestra will perform a community outreach concert at the Wilkinsburg High School.
Post-Classical Ensemble, Inc. (aka Post-Classical Ensemble)
To support the presentation of the classic 1939 documentary film The City, scored by Aaron Copland, with live orchestra and narration. The event will take place at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland-College Park, and will be supplemented with discussion and commentary by artists and scholars.
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Inc.
To support the commissioning and premiere of a concerto for chamber orchestra and string quartet by Lera Auerbach. The project will feature the Borromeo String Quartet with the orchestra and will include a free master class for high school musicians and open rehearsals for the public.
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.
Reno Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
To support the first phase of the second round of Made in America, a collaborative commissioning, performance, and outreach project. A new work by composer Joseph Schwantner will be commissioned for future performances by as many as 60 small-budget orchestras in all 50 states.
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 Diego Symphony Orchestra Association (aka SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY)
San Diego, CA
To support an educational outreach program for schoolchildren and their families. The orchestra will perform concerts for fourth graders in the San Diego City Schools and offer coaching, side-by-side rehearsals, and an instrument "petting zoo."
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 Cecilia Opera and Orchestra Association (aka Santa Cecilia Orchestra)
Los Angeles, CA
To support Discovering Music, an educational outreach program in underserved communities of Los Angeles. Led by Artistic Director Sonia Marie De Leon, the project will provide orchestral performances and educational activities in venues ranging from elementary schools to community centers.
Santa Monica Symphony Association
Santa Monica, CA
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra will perform chamber concerts in schools and orchestral concerts for families at the Civic Auditorium.
Savannah Music Festival, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Southeastern High School Jazz Band Workshop. In partnership with the Georgia Music Educators Association, high school jazz bands from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina will participate in the two-day workshop.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka Seattle Symphony)
To support a CD recording of Peter Ibbetson, an opera by composer Deems Taylor (1882-1966). The CD recording also will include symphonies and other works by composer William Schuman (1910-92) for distribution by Naxos of America as part of its American Classics series.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka Seattle Symphony) (Consortium)
To support ACCESS, outreach performances and educational events for underserved communities. In partnership with the Associated Recreation Council, the orchestra will engage children and families in diverse neighborhoods of Seattle.
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, Bethel, Cordova, Kenai, Seldovia, Sitka, and Talkeetna.
Society of the Third Street Music School Settlement, Inc.
New York, NY
To support an adult music education initiative. The project will offer band and chamber ensemble participation to adult residents of Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Spokane Symphony Society (aka Spokane Symphony)
To support engagement concerts and educational outreach in underserved communities. The Spokane Symphony will perform orchestral concerts for the Spokane Indian Tribe-Wellpinit community.
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 for adults and schoolchildren in rural and underserved communities.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Consortium)
To support a 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.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
To support The Blues and Jazz—Two American Classics. The project of public school and community performances and educational workshops will be presented in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri.
Tucson Symphony Society (aka Tucson Symphony Orchestra) (Consortium)
To support the Southern Arizona Residency. A collaboration with the Bisbee Community Chorus, the project will consist of an educational component and a public concert in rural communities in southern Arizona.
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 Vermont composer Sara Doncaster.
Virtuosi of Houston
To support chamber music performed by young, emerging artists. Concerts will be held in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston.
Washington Chorus, Inc.
To support education and outreach programs. The chorus will reach out to new audiences and communities through five specific programs reaching youth and underserved populations of the greater Washington, DC area.
Washington Men's Camerata, Inc.
To support the National Library of Men's Choral Music and a second-volume CD recording of choral repertoire for male voices. The project will advance the multi-year development of an operational lending library and searchable database to safeguard collections of rare manuscripts and make available this repertoire for study and performance.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka WVSO)
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.
Western Folklife Center (Consortium)
To support the documentation and preservation of a new song cycle by composer Philip Bimstein. The center will collaborate with Utah State University to record Red Rock Rondo, a 19-song cycle with text based on history and folklore about Zion National Park in southern Utah.
Western Jazz Presenters Network, Inc.
La Jolla, CA
To support a touring initiative featuring jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. The Coltrane Quartet will perform in communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, Montana, and Utah.
Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc.
To support young people's concerts throughout the state of West Virginia, with accompanying educational materials. The touring outreach project will reach youth in eight counties of the state.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
To support Concerts on the Square, free summer outdoor community outreach concerts. The orchestra will perform the concerts on the steps of the Capitol Square in downtown Madison.
York Symphony Orchestra
To support free community outreach concerts. The orchestra will perform summer concerts at the historic band shell in Farquhar Park in York.
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