2009 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
[ August 11, 2008 deadline ]
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Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Access To The Arts
To support music performances for elderly audiences. Monthly performances by conservatory-educated young musicians will take place in nursing homes, hospices, and senior centers.
American Composers Forum (Consortium)
St. Paul, MN
To support recordings of works by New York Foundation on the Arts (NYFA) Composition Fellows. In collaboration with NYFA, one recording from each of the fellows will be produced for digital distribution and/or compact disc release on the innova record label.
American Composers Orchestra, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Orchestra Underground Concerts, New Music Readings, and educational outreach activities, including master classes, instrumental workshops, and composer discussions. In collaboration with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the orchestra will perform in concert and present orchestral reading sessions for emerging composers in the area.
American Pianists Association, Inc.
To support outreach concerts, workshops, and solo recitals performed by the finalists of the triennial Jazz Fellowship Awards. Each honoree will take part in at least two community events as part of the Concerto Curriculum program.
Bach With Verse
To support a tour of musical performances in state correctional and rehabilitation facilities. Approximately 40 solo and/or duet performances by double bassist/composer/storyteller Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne and guest guitarist Lars Frandsen will take place in California, Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the International Folk Arts Project, a series of concerts with related educational activities. Conceived by Music Director Marin Alsop, the programs will feature classical orchestral works influenced by folk and traditional music styles.
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.
Bellingham Festival of Music
To support the Bellingham Festival of Music. The two-week summer festival will feature orchestral and chamber music concerts at venues throughout the community.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Inc.
To support compact disc recordings of works by American composers. The world-premiere releases of orchestral works by composers Lisa Bielawa, John Cage, and Alan Hovhaness will be recorded on three separate discs.
To support touring activities in rural communities of northern Minnesota, including choral concerts, educational workshops, and school performances.
Port Townsend, WA
To support the Jazz Port Townsend festival dedicated to the music of NEA Jazz Masters Art Blakey (1988) and Benny Golson (1996). As part of the festival, pianist Benny Green and trumpeter Terrell Stafford will conduct workshops and create combos using community musicians.
Chatter - A Chamber Ensemble
To support performances and video recordings of works by composers interned in the Theresienstadt prison camp during World War II. A performance of Brundibar, a children's opera composed by Hans Krasa in 1943, will be performed by teenage singers with Chatter's ensemble members. The project also will include educational activities for fourth- and fifth-grade students.
Colorado Music Festival
To support education and outreach programs. Plans include a Young People's Concert, workshops for children, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, master classes, and the production of musical guides for festival audience members.
Columbia College Chicago (on behalf of Center for Black Music Research)
To support the Center for Black Music Research's compact disc recording of works by composers Olly Wilson and Mary Watkins. The works will be recorded by the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble and produced and distributed by Albany Records.
To support free music education and performance programs targeted to at-risk children and youth. The Providence String Quartet will be in residence to teach and mentor students as well as perform in its downtown storefront facility and other community venues.
To support a compact disc recording of a new choral-orchestral work by composer Eric Whitacre. The concert-length oratorio will merge classical, jazz, and rock idioms.
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Cleveland Heights, OH
To support Music and Its Industry: Commercials and Television, a concert and education project. Plans include concerts and Community Connections workshops that will focus on music of contemporary culture as it is used in commercial advertising and television programs.
Da Capo Chamber Players, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a chamber ensemble performance tour and residency activities. The three-state tour will involve concerts, public school performances, open rehearsals, and programs for retirement communities.
Delaware Symphony Association
To support outreach performances throughout the state, including concerts for students. In an effort to serve a broader population throughout the state, concerts will take place in Lewes and Dover, Delaware.
Detroit Chamber Winds
To support an intergenerational education project. In partnership with Farmington Public Schools and the City of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Detroit Chamber Winds will present workshops and performances with the Farmington Youth Choir, a high school band, and the 50 & Better Choir.
Diaz Music Institute
To support the 10th annual Latin Jazz/Afro Caribbean Summer Workshop at McArthur High School in Houston. The four-week program is designed for K-12 students in underserved communities and will be taught by local Diaz Music Institute staff and guest artists.
Early Music Foundation, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the educational series, What is Early Music? In partnership with Music Before 1800, noted scholars and performing specialists will lead lecture-demonstrations in music of the medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and classical eras.
Eastern Music Festival, Inc.
To support educational outreach activities, including performances, a summer institute for adults, and a range of camps for children and youth. Plans include student, faculty, and guest artist performances throughout North Carolina and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center/Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support chamber music performances and residency activities. The new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound will present a week-long residency for middle and high school students from the Special Music School, a public school for musically gifted students.
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corp.
To support in-school concerts for elementary, middle, and high school students, and Music for Life, a program for senior citizens in hospitals and nursing homes. Activities will include recitals, demonstrations, and discussions on music careers.
Festivals DC, Ltd. (aka Duke Ellington Jazz Festival)
To support the fifth annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, with accompanying educational activities. The 11-day event will take place on the National Mall, at the Lincoln Theater, and at 38 other venues in Washington, DC, including libraries, theaters, museums, schools, and universities.
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
Notre Dame, IN
To support the Arts-in-Education Residency program. The Euclid Quartet will introduce chamber music to K-6 students in a program titled S.A.M. I Am (Stories and Music) as well as work with string players in elementary, middle, and high school orchestras.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Ltd. (on behalf of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival)
To support artist residencies and performances at the 26th annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Educational activities will include workshops, Meet the Artist sessions, and lectures.
Fontana Chamber Arts
To support artist residency activities such as performances, master classes, workshops, and neighborhood events. Classical and jazz musicians will present multiple-day residencies during the summer Fontana Chamber Arts Festival as well as in the winter season.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
To support a touring program of concerts and educational activities in rural communities of Texas.
From the Top, Inc.
To support educational outreach activities. Youth musicians that appear on the weekly classical radio program will take part in Cultural Leadership workshops and also perform concerts in schools and community venues.
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Glens Falls, NY
To support educational outreach activities. Year-long performance and educational activities will take place in rural communities including Hudson Falls and Amsterdam, New York.
Greenville Symphony Association
To support the GSO Summer Series at Heritage Park. The series will include symphonic concerts held at the outdoor amphitheater in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Gregg Smith Singers, Inc.
To support an online comprehensive musical chronology tracing the history of the Gregg Smith Singers' musical activities since 1955. The project is part of the ensemble's goal to share the history and breadth of this musical genre with choral conductors, singers, and the public.
Guitar Foundation of America
Garden Grove, CA
To support online access to an archive of classical guitar scores. As the second phase of a four-phase project, activities will focus on making available online unique and rare scores together with sound clips.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support Musical Pathways, an educational and community engagement program. Activities include Symphony in the Schools, discussions on music criticism, pre-concert talks, family matinees, the 11th annual I Have a Dream Martin Luther King, Jr., concert, and Musical Dialogues featuring performances by and discussions with African-American and Latino communities.
House Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a compact disc recording of Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension. The new, full-length audio work will be recorded live, published, and distributed online.
Interarts, Inc. (aka Hot Springs Music Festival)
Hot Springs, AR
To support the 2009 Hot Springs Music Festival Mentorship Program. The program pairs a group of highly skilled musicians and educators with an international pool of competitively selected apprentices to provide experience through open rehearsals and performances before live and radio broadcast audiences.
International Choral Festival
To support the International Choral Festival. Numerous choirs from around the world will be selected to participate in performances and workshops.
Jazz Arts Group of Columbus
To support the Jazz Academy components: Jazz in the Community and Jazz in the Schools. Programming includes music theory classes, workshops, performance ensembles, a mentorship program, and sessions on the music business.
Jazz Institute of Chicago
To support JazzCity, a free concert series. Thematic programming of concerts in Chicago neighborhoods will emphasize underserved areas on the city's south and west sides.
JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association
To support a national tour of jazz education programs by resident ensemble Metta Quintet. Activities will include master classes for student musicians, workshops, clinics, and concerts for general audiences.
To support educational activities in jazz. Students will participate in after-school classes and master classes with jazz artists, and will be featured in public performances at the school and in venues across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
To support Sound Discovery, a music education program. The project involves open rehearsals with Lido, an illustrated conductor's baton, that will be presented to adults and students in the fifth grade and older; Friday Nights for Generation X, Y and Next performances; Music Discovery Experience; and Symphonic Concerts for Children, designed for students in the third through fifth grades.
Lexington Philharmonic Societ, Inc.
To support the Philharmonic String Program. Graduate students from the University of Kentucky will be chosen to participate in the program, which provides professional development and training for string players.
Louisville Orchestra, Inc.
To support MetroMUSIC, an education program that includes after-school residencies for youth and adults with special needs, a chamber concert series, and community concerts.
Lutheran Music Program (aka Lutheran Summer Music)
To support the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival. Established for high school orchestra, choir, band, and keyboard students, the month-long summer residential program will offer training and performance opportunities for students, faculty, and guest artists on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
To support the preservation of archival recordings of past MCG Jazz subscription series concerts. The project will include recordings of past live performances by the David Liebman Quartet and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera with his Panamericana Orchestra.
Mary Lou Williams Foundation, Inc.
Jersey City, NJ
To support high-quality recordings of works by composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams. These sacred works were created between 1948 and 1968 for solo voice or chorus with instrumental accompaniment.
Mexican American Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas)
New York, NY
To support an educational outreach program by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Performances will introduce orchestral music to elementary school children in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Consortium)
To support Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, an educational outreach program. In partnership with the Musical Arts Association (aka The Cleveland Orchestra), the program comprises activities for teachers and students from elementary through high school.
To support the presentation of concerts by the Center for Contemporary Music. Guest composers and performers Jonas Baes, Ann Warde, Nick Didkovsky, Julian Rohrhuber, David Dunn, Cheryl Leonard, Chris Bobrowski, Pauline Oliveros, Jose Manuel Berenguer, and Tad Ermintano will participate in performances of their work.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a statewide tour by the orchestra. Performances in communities across Wisconsin will be conducted by new Music Director Edo de Waart and resident conductor Stuart Chafetz.
To support the annual BRIDGES outreach program. The chorus will present four generations of singers in performances at the MacPhail Center for Music and four residential care facilities across the metropolitan area.
Minnesota Orchestral Association (Consortium)
To support free outdoor community concerts. In partnership with the Plymouth Civic League, the performances will take place in Minneapolis, Plymouth, Excelsior, and Winona, Minnesota, and in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Music For All Seasons, Inc.
Scotch Plains, NJ
To support music programs targeted to at-risk children living in shelters. Between two and four instrumentalists will be engaged to lead activities in various venues in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.
Music Journeys, Inc.
To support soloist and conductor fees for a compact disc recording of three new works by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The recording will feature violinist James Ehnes, pianist Andrew Russo, conductor JoAnn Falletta, and the Prague Philharmonia.
To support Around the World with Musiqa and Music Transformed, two educational outreach programs. The chamber ensemble will perform concerts for Houston-area youth and their families at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
Nashua Symphony Association
To support a statewide tour by the orchestra. Performances of New Hampshire composer Joseph Schwantner's orchestral work Chasing Light. . ., commissioned through the Ford Made In America program, will take place in the cities of Keene and Derry and in New Hampshire's North Country.
New Century Chamber Orchestra
San Francisco, CA
To support a chamber orchestra tour in Colorado, Wyoming, and California. Repertoire will span the early 20th century to the present, including a new work by an emerging composer.
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, such as in-school ensembles, youth concerts, and an Ambassador of Music program.
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Inc.
New Orleans, LA
To support evening jazz concerts and education programs. Associated activities will include a free concert for city residents and the Saturday Jazz School for gifted child/teen musicians in the University of New Orleans' Music Department.
New Sounds Music, Inc. (aka PRISM Quartet)
To support a compact disc recording of works by American composers performed by the PRISM Quartet. Titled Dedications, the recording will comprise 23 short works that were written in celebration of the quartet's 20th anniversary in 2004.
Omaha Symphony Association
To support a statewide educational outreach program. The orchestra will present performances, interactive workshops, youth concerts, and a choral performance program in communities across Nebraska.
Opus 118 Music Center (aka Harlem Center for Strings)
New York, NY
To support the Harlem Center for Strings' music education programs for underserved inner-city youth. Activities will include after-school sessions, the Harlem Youth Chorus program, and a summer program.
Peoria Symphony Orchestra
To support community and student outreach concerts. The orchestra will perform concerts in venues, including the Peoria Civic Center, the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center in Washington, Illinois, and private homes and other intimate settings.
Philadelphia Orchestra Association (Consortium)
To support Neighborhood Concerts. In partnership with the Deliverance Evangelistic Church, the orchestra will perform free concerts and ancillary activities in several Philadelphia locations.
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
To support free community outreach concerts. Music Director Daniel Spaulding and the orchestra will present performances in Philadelphia and Chester, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey.
Pittsburgh Symphony Society (Consortium)
To support a community outreach concert. In partnership with the Hill House Association, the orchestra will perform in the Hill District community of Pittsburgh and provide transportation for community residents to attend activities at the orchestra's home stage.
Planet Arts, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the first phase of the Creative Music Studio Archive Project designed to digitize tape recordings of seminal jazz and new music works. In partnership with the Creative Music Foundation, the recordings will include performances by NEA Jazz Masters pianist Cecil Taylor and saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Port Angeles, WA
To support Adventures in Music, an educational outreach program. Activities will provide K-5 students with live performing arts programs supported by educational curriculum materials.
Post-Classical Ensemble, Inc. (Consortium)
To support a fully staged production of Igor Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale and a related conference, in consortium with Georgetown University.
Ravinia Festival Association
Highland Park, IL
To support community outreach and education 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 After the Flood: Rural Outreach Concerts. The project will include a series of chamber music concerts and educational events in small rural Iowa communities affected by the floods of June 2008.
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.
Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Inc.
To support residencies by the ensembles So Percussion and Harlem Quartet. Performances in public schools and free community concerts will take place in Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts.
San Francisco, CA
To support Cleaning the Mirror, a documentary film focused on John Coltrane's 1965 work Ascension, which has been re-envisioned as Electric Ascension by the Rova Saxophone Quartet. The film will be distributed via the Internet, public television broadcasts, and public screenings.
Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral
To support a free chamber music festival, with complementary educational activities. The summer concert performances will be held at the historic Saint James Cathedral in downtown Chicago.
Sacramento Master Singers
To support the preservation of American jazz choral works. The project will result in a compact disc recording of NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck's Earth Is Our Mother and Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts.
Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Association, Inc.
To support the Building Bridges Project--Sharing Music, an educational outreach program. The series of concerts, master classes, and lectures will feature American premieres of works influenced by Israeli, Persian, and Egyptian cultures as a means to engage the area's diverse Arab-Muslim and Jewish populations.
San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association
San Diego, CA
To support education programs for young audiences. The orchestra will present concerts and expand its programming to include Family Festivals, Kinder Koncerts, and Young People's Concerts.
San Francisco Chanticleer, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support a national concert tour and residency program. Activities will include choral coaching, youth choral festivals, and advanced choral training for adult singers.
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (Consortium)
San Francisco, CA
To support Chamber Music Day, a free chamber music festival. In partnership with the San Francisco Community Music Center, chamber ensembles from the San Francisco Bay Area will perform all day long at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the adjacent Yerba Buena Gardens.
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 education programs in venues ranging from elementary schools to community centers.
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Santa Fe, NM
To support a choral festival commemorating the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel's death. The chorus will perform the composer's sacred and secular choral music in concert and offer free community outreach performances in different venues in Santa Fe.
Santa Monica Symphony Association
To support the SMSO Community Music Project. Plans include ethnically diverse programming for symphonic concerts, a concert for students featuring young artists, community and school chamber concerts, and an Adopt-a-School program.
Savannah Music Festival, Inc.
To support the Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition and Workshop. The event will provide selected high school jazz bands from across the United States with the opportunity to receive instruction from and perform with professional jazz educators and musicians.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (Consortium)
To support ACCESS, an outreach performance and education program for underserved communities. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, the orchestra will engage children and families in diverse Seattle neighborhoods through activities such as artist residencies, school concerts, and teacher training workshops.
Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society
Sioux Falls, SD
To support the Jazz Diversity Project, an education program. Activities will be offered free to fifth- through twelfth-grade students in rural regions of South Dakota, including live music performances and presentations highlighting the significance of jazz music in the history of the United States.
Sitka Summer Music Festival Inc.
To support concert tours of chamber music in cities and rural towns of Alaska. The concerts will serve audiences in Anchorage, Gustavus, Kenai, Sitka, Talkeetna, and Tenakee Springs.
Slowik Music Institute
To support a community outreach program of chamber music. String students participating in the Credo Chamber Music Summer Festival will perform in non-traditional settings, such as hospitals, prisons, and public housing facilities, to reach underserved communities in Ohio.
Sonny Boy Blues Society
To support the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. Since 1986, the festival has served to promote and preserve the understanding and appreciation of the heritage and history of the Delta blues through live music events, education programs, and cultural exhibits.
Symphony in C
To support the Professional Development Internship Program for young musicians. All of the musicians, as well as a young conductor, will participate in performances, educational outreach activities in schools, an orchestral summer camp, and a string training program.
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 Doug Lofstrom's The Arabian Nights (stories adapted by Christopher Limber) throughout six Indiana counties.
New York, NY
To support Pairings, a performance series and a compact disc recording of works by young American composers paired with established composers. The new music series will present the JACK Quartet, Wet Ink, AMP Ensemble, and Red Light New Music performing works by Reiko Fueting, Alex Mincek, Aaron Cassidy, and Scott Wollshleger.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Consortium)
To support the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tour. Gifted students from leading performing arts high schools in Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami will join renowned jazz musicians for a week-long tour of performances at underserved public high schools in Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Seattle.
Tucson Symphony Society (Consortium)
To support the Southern Arizona Residency. In collaboration with the Bisbee Community Chorus, the project will consist of educational activities and a public concert in rural communities in southern Arizona.
Twentieth Century Consort (aka 21st Century Consort)
Round Hill, VA
To support the development and implementation of a Web-based audio archive by the 21st Century Consort. The ensemble's recordings of significant works by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries will be made available through online public access to material housed at the University of Maryland-College Park.
Washington Chorus, Inc.
To support a New Music for a New Age concert. Plans include a performance of works by composer Nico Muhly, an emerging American composer, and education and outreach activities involving the composer and other artists.
Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a compact disc recording of Romulus, a one-act comic opera composed by Louis Karchin. Premiered in 2007 by the Washington Square Ensemble, the work will be recorded and released on Naxos Records.
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 Jazz Presenters Network, Inc.
La Jolla, CA
To support a touring project featuring vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding and her quartet. In addition to the concert performances, there will be educational outreach activities and a week-long artist residency.
Young People's Chorus of New York City, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Radio Radiance, an educational outreach project. In partnership with American Public Media, the chorus will bring new choral music by living composers to young people and general audiences through radio and other media sources.
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