2003 MetLife Awardees

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

The Musicians Residency Program sends CSO and CSO Chorus members into select Chicago communities to work with children and adults on a year-round, ongoing basis. Residencies are planned collaboratively with the partnering organization, tailored to each community's needs, and paired with social activities and invitations to concerts at Symphony Center. "Armon’a," a partnership with the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, provides hands-on workshops and classes in the predominantly Mexican Pilsen neighborhood. Other partners for 2002-03 included the South Shore Cultural Center, the Apostolic Church of God in Woodlawn, and the People's Music School in Chicago's culturally diverse Uptown neighborhood. For more information on this program, contact Holly H. Hudak, Senior Director, Education, Community Relations & Diversity, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (312) 294-3403.

Pittsburgh Symphony

The Bayer "Audience of the Future" program brings high-school students to the Pittsburgh Symphony's Heinz Hall to conceive, plan, and implement a concert by the full orchestra each spring. Working with mentors on the orchestra staff, the students determine repertoire, book guest artists, publicize the concert, sell tickets, participate in all production aspects of the concert, and present pre-concert discussions. Made possible by grants from the Bayer Inc. Foundation, "Audience of the Future" has served more than 18,600 students since the program's inception in 1995. For more information on this program, contact Suzanne M. Perrino, Director of Education & Outreach, Pittsburgh Symphony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (412) 392-2882.

Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston

"Building Bridges" is aimed at making orchestra concerts more accessible to members of Boston's Russian and African-American communities. It has included workshops and an open rehearsal at Roxbury Community College, where significant numbers of Russian emigrés are enrolled; Russian translations of publicity materials prepared in collaboration with the Russian American Cultural Center, and of program notes provided by a Russian-speaking orchestra volunteer; outreach performances, workshops, master classes, lectures, and an education concert at a variety of venues in predominantly African-American sections of Boston; and the presentation of performances involving African-American soloists and choirs. For more information on this program, contact Ryan Fleur, Executive Director, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (617) 661-7067.