FY08 Access to Artistic Excellence (part 2)


Announced May 1, 2008

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

Alabama Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support Reflect and Rejoice: A Community Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The three-day celebration of the life and message of King will include a concert, an open rehearsal, and participation by the winner of the Sphinx Competition, an organization that seeks to increase the participation of African American and Latino musicians in classical music.

American Composers Orchestra (consortium), $22,500
To support Orchestra Underground Concerts, New Music Readings, and Playing it UNsafe. In collaboration with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the orchestra will perform in concert and schedule orchestral reading sessions for emerging composers in the area.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a compact disc recording of works by composer Paul Fetler. The three works to be included on the disc are Fetler's Violin Concerto No. 2, Contrasts, and Three Poems by Walt Whitman for Orchestra and Narrator.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
To support ASO Around Georgia, a community partnership initiative of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The tour will include performances and outreach activities as a means to cultivate meaningful partnerships between the orchestra and communities across the state.

Austin Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support the commissioning of a new work by composer Christopher Theofanidis. The premiere will take place in celebration of the opening of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, (consortium), $75,000
To support performances of composer Leonard Bernstein's Mass. In collaboration with Morgan State University, semi-staged performances will take place in Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia as part of a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $15,000
To support a year-long introduction to music for Berkeley public elementary school students. In collaboration with the Berkeley Unified School District, plans include classroom visits, school concerts, and free tickets to a subscription concert.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, $20,000
To support compact disc recordings of works by American composers. The two discs will be premiere releases of works by composers Eric Moe and Anthony Davis.

Colorado Music Festival, $10,000
To support education and outreach programming for adults and children. Plans include a young peoples concert, workshops for children, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, master classes, and the production of real-time musical guides for festival audience members.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support statewide tour concerts. Performances and educational activities led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane are planned in Grand Junction, Gunnison, Montrose, and Telluride.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, $30,000
To support a touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in seven rural Texas communities.

Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, $10,000
To support Bridging the Divide, a string instruction program, and community outreach activities.  The string instruction program, serving students at five public elementary schools, will be complemented by a concert and workshop by violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and a community concert of Duke Ellington's Three Black Kings.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Spotlight Series for Underserved Communities. Symphony musicians will perform chamber orchestra concerts for rural communities in North and South Carolina.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support Musical Pathways, an educational and community engagement program. Activities include Symphony in the Schools (SIS), discussions on music criticism, pre-concert talks, family matinees, the 10th annual I Have a Dream Martin Luther King, Jr., concert, and Musical Dialogues featuring performances by and discussions with African American and Latino communities.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, $35,000
To support the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's (ISO) Nueva Vida (New Life) Project. Focusing on discussions and interactions with community members who recently immigrated to central Indiana from Central America, composer Gabriela Lena Frank will create a new orchestral work based on these dialogues.

Irving Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support youth concerts. Four free concerts for fifth- and seventh-grade students are planned.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, $18,000
To support KSO On-the-Road. Ten touring concerts are planned in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Sound Discovery performances; a music education program. The project involves five open rehearsals with Lido, an illustrated conductor's baton, that will be presented to adults and students in grades five and above; three Friday Nights for Generation X, Y and NextMusic Discovery Experience, an instrument petting zoo, and Symphonic Concerts for Children, designed for students in the third through fifth grades.

Madison Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support HeartStrings, a community outreach project. An ensemble of the orchestras professional string musicians will perform interactive recitals for underserved and special-needs communities.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support Harmony, an educational outreach program for schoolchildren The project will include in-school ensemble performances and youth concerts at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Mobile Symphony (consortium), $10,000
To support outreach concerts of symphonic repertoire. In partnership with and coordinated by the Washington County Public Library, the orchestra will perform in rural and underserved communities of Alabama.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, $22,500
To support Saturday matinee family concerts. Full-orchestra performances will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
To support a statewide tour to small, rural, and underserved communities of New Mexico. The project also will offer educational activities in Albuquerque-area schools.

Orchestra 2001, $15,000
To support a tour of composer George Crumb's American Songbook. The orchestra will perform the concert program in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support community outreach concerts.  The orchestra will perform concerts in three venues, including Peoria Park District's outdoor amphitheater.

The Philadelphia Orchestra (consortium), $75,000
To support Neighborhood Concerts. In partnership with the Cooper Health System, the orchestra will perform free concerts and ancillary activities in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.

Post-Classical Ensemble (consortium), $17,000
To support the Mexican Odyssey project. In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute, the orchestra will perform the concert program at the Harman Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, $20,000
To support Symphony 101, an outreach project of community concerts for underserved and low-income residents. Host and Music Director Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a symphonic repertoire and informal lectures designed for first-time concertgoers.

Santa Monica Symphony, $10,000
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra, conducted by Music Director Allen Robert Gross, will perform chamber concerts in schools and orchestral concerts for families at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Lakota Music Project. The orchestra will premiere a new work by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids for traditional drum, flute, chorus, and orchestra.

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, $22,000
To support a concert tour to New York's North Country. The orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Daniel Hege, will perform concerts in rural and underserved communities.

Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support community outreach concerts. The orchestra, directed by Music Director Steven Byess, will perform concerts in underserved and rural communities in Holly Springs and West Point, Mississippi.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support the Made in Vermont Music Festival Tour, a series of concert programs 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 Pierre Jalbert.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $17,500
To support the Harmony Project, a community partnership project with churches and historically black colleges in Hampton Roads. Activities will include ensemble performances, workshops, and educational programs in the region.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $17,500
To support a statewide tour to underserved rural communities. The orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Grant Cooper, will introduce orchestral music to new audiences throughout West Virginia.

Wheeling Symphony, $15,000
To support young people's concerts throughout the state of West Virginia. The touring outreach project will reach youth in eight counties of the state. 


Ravinia Festival, $20,000
To support community outreach and educational programs. The festival will continue its partnership with the Lawndale community to bring music performances and education to Westside Chicago.