FY09 Challenge America Fast Track Review Grants


Announced December 4, 2008

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

Albany Symphony, Albany, GA, $10,000
To support My Soul is a Witness: Spirit and Spirituality in the Music of America's Enslaved. The concert series, featuring tenor Leroy E. Bynum and the Albany State University Concert Chorale, will highlight the significance of the genre known as African American spirituals.

Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, $10,000
To support a concert and related outreach activities featuring violinist Chee-Yun Kim. Kim will perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto at the historic Alberta Bair Theater, as well as participate in lecture demonstrations for Billings-area middle and high school students.

Catskill Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a concert and accompanying outreach programs featuring pianist Andrew Russo. Project activities also will include a subsidized ticketing program that will benefit school children and older adults.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Port Charlotte, FL, $10,000
To support a performance featuring flutist Lady Jeanne Galway. Galway will join the symphony for its Women's History Month performance, Celebrating Women, which will also feature female composers.

Fort Smith Symphony, $10,000
To support EARQUAKE!, a series of concerts targeting elementary school students. The concerts will incorporate a full orchestra, performances by the Western Arkansas Ballet, video projection, and audience participation. Cellist Stephanie Lemoine will be the featured musician.

Great Falls Symphony, $10,000
To support an artist residency by classical guitarist Christopher Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes. Activities will include workshops, lectures, master classes, an open dress rehearsal, and a public concert with the symphony.

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

Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a concert featuring soprano Erica Strauss performing arias from Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka. Strauss will also lead a master class for local college students.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Annual Community Gospel Concert featuring Kurt Carr, the Kurt Carr Singers, and choristers selected from area colleges and churches. The concert celebrates Greensboro's historic civil rights sit-in events.

Lenawee Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support American Rhapsody, a concert featuring violinist Janet Sung and new works by composer Kenneth Fuchs. Sung and Fuchs will participate in a pre-concert lecture.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Sounds of the Northwest, a concert featuring music by local composers and an educational outreach project. The project will also includes educational clinics, presentations, and master classes featuring cellist Joshua Roman and composer Glenn Crytser.

Richmond Philharmonic, $10,000
To support Discover the Orchestra, a musical outreach program targeting inner-city residents. Cellist Andre Gaskins will serve as the featured artist.

Western Piedmont Symphony, $10,000
To support the regional premiere of the concerto "Terra Terribilis" by Laura Kaminsky. The work will be performed by the symphony's percussion section. Kaminsky will participate in rehearsals and community outreach.

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a performance of David Stock's Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra featuring percussionist Lisa Pegher. Pegher will also participate in a master class for college students, a pre-concert demonstration for middle school students, and a workshop for low-income families.


Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, $10,000
To support a series of concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Performances will be conducted by Andrés Cárdenes and David Meyer.

Greater Philadelphia Asian Culture Center, $10,000
To support a presentation of the New Tang Dynasty Television Chinese Spectacular. Guest artists will include the Divine Performing Arts Orchestra, featuring conductor Rutang Chen, concertmaster Chia-Chi Lin, and tenor Guimin Guan.

Minnetrista Cultural Center, $10,000
To support a performance by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. The presentation is part of Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista, a free, outdoor festival celebrating the performing arts of the region.