FY14 Challenge America Fast-Track Grants

Grants to Orchestras

Awards Announced December 11, 2013

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

Adrian Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support A Joyful Noise and Young People’s Concert, featuring a newly commissioned work by composer Christopher Theofanidis, performed by soprano Tony Arnold, with related outreach activities. The vocalist will participate in outreach activities including a free rehearsal open to the public, a pre-concert discussion, educational concerts designed specifically for elementary students, and concerts for members of the HOPE Community Center, a social service organization addressing the needs of adults with disabilities.

Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, $10,000
To support Bringing the World to Billings, a concert series and related activities. The project will introduce a geographically and economically isolated audience to faraway places through live orchestral music and extensive community outreach activities associated with each concert.

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a series of performances and outreach programs featuring violinist Michael Ludwig. The project will engage rural North Dakota residents including high school and college music students and senior citizens through a public concert, recitals, a master class, and a classroom outreach program.

CityMusic Cleveland, $10,000
To support the commissioning and performance of a new work for chamber orchestra, solo percussion, and narrator by American composer Dan Visconti. The texts of this work will be drawn from firsthand accounts by community members of a multicultural Cleveland neighborhood and reflect the immigrant experience.

Fort Smith Symphony, $10,000
To support EARQUAKE!, an annual, free interactive concert series featuring violinist Tazonio Anderson, composer Michael Schelle, and the Western Arkansas Ballet. The series will reach more than 3,500 students who will participate in outreach activities, including music composition classes taught by Schelle.

Glacier Symphony and Chorale, $10,000
To support the annual Festival Amadeus. Local residents from a rural community and youth participants from the North Valley Music School will have the opportunity to attend open rehearsals and performances, as well as participate in artist-led master classes.

Great Falls Symphony, $10,000
To support performances and outreach activities featuring clarinetist John Bruce Yeh. In addition to a public performance with orchestra, Yeh will lead master classes for rural high school and college students, work with the Great Falls Symphony Regional Youth Orchestra, participate in a brown bag lunch concert preview, and perform during an open rehearsal for the community.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support OrKIDStra concerts, a music and early literacy program for underserved, economically disadvantaged children, featuring narrator Logie Meachum. A partnership with Guilford Child Development, the local Head Start program, will assist targeted youth outreach.

Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Something Old, Something New, a classical music concert featuring trombonist Joe Alessi and associated outreach activities. In addition to the public performance, the project, targeted to serve a low-income, rural community, will include a public dress rehearsal, a master class for a local high school, and free community outreach performances in Gulfport and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000
To support a performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals.” Featuring guest piano soloists Dr. Hyunsoon Whang and Dr. Thomas Labe, the performance will target public elementary school students with disabilities. Participating students and classrooms will receive a copy of the “Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids” publication and CD.

Mankato Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Cancion de las Americas, a concert featuring pianist Nachito Herrera. Intended to serve the Hispanic and Latino community, the concert will include classical music composed by artists from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mobile Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a series of performances with the Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio. The Trio will engage in a series of outreach concerts designed to benefit an underserved, rural community, including an elementary school performance for a Title I school that has a high percentage of low-income, Native American students. Outreach will also include a free public performance and pre-concert lectures.

Muncie Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances of “Tchaikovsky Discovers America” featuring actors from Classical Kids Live. Intended to serve economically disadvantaged communities within Muncie and Delaware County, the performance piece will depict Tchaikovsky’s arrival in New York City for the opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his travels to Niagara Falls.

New Albany Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the multimedia concert performance, “Short Ride on a Fast Machine.” Guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker will perform with a timed light show, dramatic sign language interpreters, and on-stage screens with visuals for an enhanced orchestra experience. Outreach activities will include collaborations with Columbus Deaf Services, Columbus School for the Deaf, and other local school American Sign Language programs.

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances of The Roaring Twenties, a music program featuring compositions from the 1920s, featuring guest pianist Christopher O’Riley, with related activities. Intended to serve a rural community, the project will include a free public lecture-demonstration and an afternoon open rehearsal that will be free for students.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s Student Concerts, an American composition-themed performance series, featuring the music of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and guest artist Bela Fleck. The concerts, intended to serve economically disadvantaged students, will also include performances by young regional artists.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast, $10,000
To support performances, workshops, and a master class featuring narrator, writer, and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. The project will include in-school workshops for underserved students and a master class for the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.

South Bend Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Realizing the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, a concert and associated outreach activities. The concert, highlighting music created by African-American composers, will bring together artists such as narrator David Buggs, the Symphonic and Gospel Choirs of Indiana University South Bend, and the 2013 Junior Laureate of the Sphinx Competition, Lev Mamuya.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Twice As Nice concert, featuring the pianist duo Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton. In addition to a public performance, the pianists will perform in the TSO Young Person’s Concert, targeted to benefit economically disadvantaged students attending a Title I elementary school located in Tulsa.

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Endless Mountain Music Festival, $10,000
To support the Endless Mountain Music Festival, a series of performances and related activities presented in venues throughout northern Pennsylvania and southern New York. Musicians will perform throughout the area and participate in outreach such as free concerts, pre-concert talks, music workshops, and open rehearsals.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, $10,000
To support performances by the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra with music director Julien Benichou. A partnership with local schools will allow economically disadvantaged choral students from Sussex County, Delaware, to perform with the orchestra during the final concert.

Hot Springs Music Festival, $10,000
To support the Hot Springs Music Festival and associated outreach activities. The rural festival will include symphony orchestra performances, chamber music concerts, free open rehearsals, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations.

RUACH, $10,000
To support Musical Responses to Life’s Challenges: A Jewish Perspective, a series of concerts and associated outreach activities. The concerts will include an artistic fusion of Jewish identity and experience, communicated through classical music performance, featuring the Philomusica String Quartet and members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.