FY11 Access to Artistic Excellence (part 2)


Announced May 17, 2011

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

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $100,000
To support a national tour of concerts and educational activities. Works to be performed will include composer Arthur Honegger's opera (semi-staged) Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake), Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, and Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto, all conducted by Music Director Marin Alsop.

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $15,000
To support music instruction for school students and Family Concerts. In partnership with the Berkeley Unified School District, plans include music lessons for students that will perform with the symphony in Family Concerts.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, $25,000
To support recordings of works by American composers. The world premiere releases of orchestral works by composers Stephen Hartke, Leon Kirchner, and Scott Wheeler will be recorded on three separate discs.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, $35,000
To support a touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in rural communities in Texas such as Glen Rose, Waxahachie, Killeen, Mesquite, Stephenville, Graham, and Southlake.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
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 students and adults; 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.

Louisville Orchestra, $20,000
To support education and community outreach programs. Plans include the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy Residency for pre-schoolers with hearing impairments, the MakingMUSIC Partnership for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and the High School Residency Partnership with an area high school.

Madison Symphony Orchestra, $12,500
To support HeartStrings, a community outreach project by an ensemble of the orchestra's professional string musicians that will provide residency programs and perform interactive recitals for underserved and special-needs communities. Through 90 residency programs reaching 20 to 25 participants during each session, more than 2,800 children and adults with special needs will participate in the project.

Mercury Baroque Ensemble, $12,000
To support Mozart Under the Stars, a free outdoor concert in Houston's Hermann Park. The 16-member orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Antoine Plante, will perform a concert program that will include Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G major, K. 525).

Minnesota Orchestra (consortium), $50,000
To support free outdoor community concerts. A partnership with the Plymouth Civic League, the project will feature performances in Plymouth, Excelsior, and Winona, Minnesota, and in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Nashville Symphony, $32,500
To support a recording project featuring works by composer Roberto Sierra. Conducted by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the orchestra's live performances of Sierra's Sinfonia No. 4, Carnaval, Fandangos, and Alegria will be recorded in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the compact disc will be released on the Naxos label.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $25,000
To support a recording project featuring works by composer Augusta Read Thomas. The orchestral works to be recorded will be Radiant Circles (2010); Absolute Ocean (2008), for soprano, harp, and chamber orchestra; Prayer and Celebration (2006); and Daylight Divine (2001) for soprano, children's chorus, and orchestra.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support community outreach concerts for young audiences and families. Venues will include the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Elizabeth High School, Sussex County Technical School in Sparta, and the Roberto Clemente School in Paterson.

New York Youth Symphony, $40,000
To support Growing Music, a comprehensive new music educational performance project with concerts in several venues in New York City. The orchestra will perform premieres of new works as a way to educate young musicians through works by emerging composers.

Orchestra Nova San Diego, $15,000
To support a webcast recording project by Orchestra Nova San Diego. Concert performances, conducted by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho-Pak, will be held at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, recorded and broadcast for free viewing on the Internet.

The Philadelphia Orchestra (consortium), $50,000
To support Neighborhood Concerts. In partnership with the City of Philadelphia, the orchestra will perform free concerts and ancillary activities in several Philadelphia locations, including City Hall and the Capitolo Park and Playground, reaching underserved and non-traditional audiences.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $45,000
To support an archival project in partnership with WQED Multimedia. More than 3,000 recordings of performances, rehearsals, and radio broadcasts by the orchestra in Heinz Hall since 1971 will be preserved, including commissions and premieres, such as the 1984 world premiere of John Harbison's Ulysses' Bow, conducted by André Previn.

Rhode Island Philharmonic (consortium), $30,000
To support Philharmonic on Fire, a free festival concert on the riverfront with bonfires on the water, where the Providence, Moshassuck, and Woonasquatucket Rivers meet. In partnership with WaterFire Providence, the orchestra's live performance will replace the 90-minute recorded soundtrack used during previous festivals.

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra (consortium), $20,000
To support an educational outreach program featuring Carnegie Hall's LinkUP! for Music Orchestra Rocks program. The orchestra, in partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District, will present the performance and education program in 16 schools.

Saint Louis Symphony, $27,500
To support the expansion of Music Without Boundaries, a community outreach program. The project will result in deeper partnerships with the diverse communities of immigrants living in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

San Diego Symphony, $35,000
To support a touring performance project in Southern California. The project will be led by Music Director Jahja Ling and will be the orchestra's first tour in Southern California outside of San Diego.

San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory, $15,000
To support Community Opus Project, a music education and outreach program. The project will provide beginning strings instruction to Latino students, incorporating their families into the music making experience.

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, $15,000
To support the premiere of a new work by composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank, in collaboration with playwright Nilo Cruz. Based on a Peruvian folk tale, Isicha and the Pistago will be developed for youth audiences and their families and performed as part of the orchestra's free-admission Family Concert Series.

San Francisco Symphony (consortium), $100,000
To support The American Orchestra Series, the orchestra's 100th anniversary celebration, which will feature six orchestral residencies at Davies Symphony Hall. In partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the project will feature the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra in performances and related educational activities.

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, $10,000
To support Stories in Music, a performance outreach project for children and families. The project will feature storyteller Joe Hayes as narrator in a bilingual (English and Spanish) presentation of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and the traditional Latin American tale La Llorona with music by Antonín Dvořák (Water Goblin) and Engelbert Humperdinck (The Witch's Ride from Hänsel und Gretel).

Seattle Symphony (consortium), $50,000
To support ACCESS, an outreach performance and education program for underserved communities. In partnership with Seattle School District No. 1, the orchestra will engage children and families in diverse neighborhoods of Seattle.

South Bend Symphony Orchestra, $13,000
To support the Dake Summer Chamber Music Academy, a music educational program for high school youth. The non-residential program will offer participants daily master classes, ensemble coaching, classes, and performances with orchestra musicians.

Spokane Symphony, $15,000
To support Bestfest, a two-day community music festival which will be presented in the Fox Theater Spokane. Programming will range from orchestral and chamber concerts to jazz and folk music.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $10,000
To support the Southern Arizona Residency. In collaboration with the Bisbee Community Chorus, the project will consist of a public concert with an accompanying educational component and in rural communities in southern Arizona.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support the Made in Vermont Music Festival Tour of performances 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 Robert Paterson.


Arkansas Repertory Theatre Company, $10,000
To support a production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production will be staged on the grounds of the 105-acre Wildwood Park botanical garden with incidental music performed live by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

ArtsMemphis, $30,000
To support the production of a series of arts events featuring Memphis arts organizations and artists for the benefit of identified underserved communities. In addition to selected individual artists, among the several arts organizations participating in the series are Ballet Memphis, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, and Playhouse on the Square.

Carnegie Hall (consortium), $100,000
To support performances and educational activities by Ensemble ACJW, the performance arm of The Academy, a competitive professional development program for young musicians. In partnership with the Juilliard School, plans include performances at Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and Skidmore College, and educational activities in 20 public elementary, middle, and high school auditoriums.

Center City Opera Theater, $22,000
To support the East Coast premiere of Il Postino by composer Daniel Catán. The opera will feature newly commissioned reduced orchestration to be performed by players from Orchestra2001, a new music ensemble based in Philadelphia, and will be presented in Spanish in Camden's Gordon Theater and Philadelphia's Perelman Theater.

Eastern Music Festival, $15,000
To support artists fees for the 50th Anniversary Eastern Music Festival. The five-week summer festival of more than 100 performances of orchestral, chamber, and jazz will feature artists including soprano Susan Graham; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; pianists Andre Watts, Mischa Dichter, and Jon Nakamatsu; cellist Robert Vernon; and NEA Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

From the Top, $35,000
To support educational outreach activities. Musicians that appear on From the Top, the weekly classical radio program, will take part in Cultural Leadership workshops as well as perform concerts in school classrooms and community venues.

Lawrence Children's Choir (consortium), $17,500
To support a multi-generational outreach project for pre-school and elementary students and senior citizens. In partnership with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, student choirs will join a senior citizen's choir for two performances at a retirement facility.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (consortium), $30,000
To support the educational outreach program Passport to Music: Porous Borders, using music and storytelling to explore the roots and range of Cuban music. A partnership with  the Cleveland Orchestra, the project will include activities for teachers and students from elementary to high school grade levels.

Oregon Bach Festival (consortium), $15,000
To support a touring performance project by the Oregon Bach Festival musicians in Ashland, Bend, Eugene, and Portland. In partnership with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, programming will feature period performances of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas under the direction of the orchestra's Artistic Director Monica Huggett.

Ravinia Festival, $12,000
To support Reach*Teach* Play, community outreach and education programs for children and adults. The Ravinia Festival Association will continue its partnership with the Lawndale community to bring music performances and education to Chicago's West Side through free lawn-passes for underserved residents; One Score, One Chicago, an initiative that introduces new audiences to classical masterworks; and Words and Music, which involves pre-concert lectures at public libraries throughout the city.

Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral, $10,000
To support a free chamber music festival of summer concert performances at the historic St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Early-evening chamber concerts will be presented every Tuesday during the summer months with artists selected from a roster of musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project, as well as artists from across the country.

Seattle Theatre Group, $40,000
To support Art in the Community. Mark Morris Dance Group, with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will perform The Hard Nut; Intiman Theatre will perform Black Nativity; and artists will also participate in master classes, discussions, and school residencies.

Sphinx Organization (consortium), $10,000
To support Sphinx Journeys, a weekly local radio broadcast. In partnership with the Detroit Educational Television Foundation (WRCJ 90.9 FM), approximately ten one-hour episodes, hosted by Sphinx founder and President Aaron Dworkin, will explore the musical works of American composers of color through discussions with conductors, musicians, and composers, as well as through a variety of studio and live performance recordings.

University Musical Society, $70,000
To support Changing the Game: Mavericks and Innovators in the Arts. The project will consist of a series of residencies and performances in dance, music, and opera with artists including director Robert Wilson, choreographer Lucinda Childs, NEA Opera Honoree Philip Glass, and the San Francisco Symphony.