The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its second round of fiscal year 2012 grants. Congratulations to the following Chorus America members who received Art Works grants:
Bach Choir of Bethlehem
To support educational programs for adults, children, and intergenerational groups. The program will include Bach to School assembly programs for elementary through high school students, Family Concerts incorporating student and professional guest artists, and the free Bach at Noon concert series of Bach cantatas.
To support touring activities in rural Midwest communities. Each of the six visits planned to communities such as Marshall, Minnesota; Brookings, South Dakota; and Waverly, Iowa, will include vocal ensemble concerts, educational workshops, and school performances.
New York, NY
To support performances and educational activities by Ensemble ACJW, the performance arm of The Academy, a competitive professional development program for young post-graduate musicians. A partnership with the Juilliard School, project plans include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and Skidmore College; professional development for 20 participating musicians in audience engagement skills; and educational activities in 20 public elementary, middle, and high schools where each musician will spend 25 days over the course of the school year working with music teachers and focusing on building students' musical skills.
San Francisco, CA
To support a national concert tour and residency program. Programming will be directed by Music Director Matthew Oltman, and all of the ensemble singers will participate in the educational programs, featuring contemporary and traditional repertoire, as part of the residency activities.
To support recordings of choral works by composers Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, and Robert Kyr. Two recordings are planned: one that will pair works by Corigliano and Adamo and a second of a previously commissioned work, Songs of the Soul, an hour-long cantata by Kyr.
To support the fourth annual Month of Moderns choral festival. Concerts of contemporary choral music, scheduled to take place in Philadelphia and New York City, will include commissioned works by composers Francis Pott and Lewis Spratlan whose work will feature an instrumental collaboration with Network for New Music ensemble.
Houston Chamber Choir
To support the Hear the Future School Residency Program. Ensembles of four to eight chamber choir musicians along with Artistic Director Robert Simpson will interact with students and teachers at three schools (one elementary, one middle, and one high school) in small and large group settings at least four times a year. A culminating choral festival, titled Hear the Future, will feature the chamber choir and the three participating schools performing individually and together.
Young People's Chorus of New York City
New York, NY
To support Radio Radiance, an innovative educational outreach project directed by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez. In partnership with American Public Media Group (APM), the chorus will bring new choral music by living composers, such as Tom Cabaniss, Susie Ibarra, Kevin James, and Julia Wolfe, to young people and general audiences through live radio broadcasts via APM to at least six cities, locally through WNYC Public Radio in New York City, and via podcasts.