FY10 Challenge America Fast Track Review Grants

FY10 Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast Track Review Grants


Announced December 8, 2009

Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

Altoona Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a concert featuring composer and violinist Andy Stein. Most readily recognized for his role as a musician on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, Stein and the Symphony will perform some of his original compositions for an audience drawn from throughout Blair County.

Fargo-Moorhead Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances of Peter Boyer's Ellis Island - Dreams of America. Through a collaborative effort with Theatre B, local immigrants will tell their oral histories, receive dramatic coaching, and present their stories during the concerts.

Fort Smith Symphony, $10,000
To support EARQUAKE!, a series of concerts targeting elementary school students. The concerts will incorporate a full orchestra, sessions with composer Kevin Puts, and performances by Western Arkansas Ballet students. Educational study guides and music excerpts will be sent to participating schools prior to the concerts.

Great Falls Symphony, $10,000
To support a performance of opera arias featuring tenor Scott Piper and soprano Karin Wolverton. Related activities will include choral workshops targeted to high school students and an open dress rehearsal for area choral and orchestra students, as well as for residents of homes for the developmentally disabled.

Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a pre-concert talk and public performance with pianist Read Gainsford. Students at Pensacola High School will be invited to participate in an in-school performance and lecture by Gainsford as well as attend the dress rehearsal for the public performance.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Annual Community Gospel Concert featuring conductor Dr. Henry Panion and choristers selected from area colleges and churches. The concert will celebrate the opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Music Tells a Story, concerts exploring the region's American Indian heritage. Lee Johnson will compose orchestral music and Gayle Ross will write narration exploring the Cherokee Indian's experience during the Trail of Tears.

Mid-Texas Symphony, $10,000
To support performances and related activities by the Romero Quartet. Performances will be held at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and the Byron P. Steele II High School in Cibolo. Related activities will include a guitar master class and open dress rehearsal.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the project East Meets West - Music of the Pacific Rim and Northwest Student Composers. The organization will partner with the Highline School District to feature composer Glenn Crytzer and timpanist Michael Crusoe in concerts, master classes, composition workshops, and lectures.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Exhibitions, a series of musical performances that each feature a guest conductor. Related activities will include an exhibit of work by local visual artists and pre-concert discussions.

Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland, ME, $10,000
To support a performance by Chris Thile, Concerto for the Mandolin. Related activities will include composition workshops with youth, open dress rehearsals, and artist lectures.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances of Modest Mussorgsky's piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring photographers' artistic responses to the music. Rockford Art Museum staff will provide curatorial direction for the images displayed at both school and public performances.

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, $10,000
To support Meet Gabriela Frank, a special outreach initiative targeting the Latino community. Frank will present four free concerts of her new composition titled El Picaflor: Tone Poem for Violin and Orchestra. Other activities will include programming targeting elementary schools with predominantly Latino students and a free chamber music concert at a Latino community center.

South Dakota Symphony, $10,000
To support the Lakota Music Project, featuring the Porcupine Singers and tenor Robert Moore. The guest artists, members of Sioux tribes, will perform with the orchestra in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and on several American Indian reservations.


Abilene Arts Alliance, $10,000
To support Artfully Abilene, a marketing initiative for the City of Abilene. The initiative will be comprised of several components including a quarterly magazine, e-marketing, airport exhibitions, and collaborative projects with the Abilene Convention and Visitors Council. Arts organizations such as the Grace Museum, the Center for Contemporary Art, the Paramount Theatre, and Abilene Philharmonic, as well as local individual artists, will benefit from the initiative.

Foundations, Inc., $10,000
To support a performance of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, featuring trumpet player Rodney Mack. The event, celebrating Black History Month, will include public interviews with composers George Walker and Ellis Marsalis.

Frostburg State University, $10,000
To support a production of Verdi's Requiem featuring the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Participating groups will include the FSU University Chorale and Cumberland Choral Society.