Chaparral Arts, Inc has been awarded a $1,600 grant by New York-based ACMP Foundation to support the fifth annual adult Chamber Music Workshop in June 2015. The support will allow the Chamber Music Workshop to grant scholarships to adults and teens to attend the workshop. Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble, a group on the Teaching Artists Roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, are coaching the workshop.
Since 2006, Chaparral Arts has provided high-quality educational workshops conveniently located in Prescott, thus making programs more accessible for Arizona participants because of the low travel costs. Chamber Music Workshop provides opportunities for instrumentalists to build leadership skills by playing in small ensembles. Following the workshop, musicians return to their year-round ensembles, benefitting those groups by sharing their new skills and renewed enthusiasm.
“There is nothing better than making music together,” commented Margaret M. Lioi, Chief Executive Officer of Chamber Music America, the national organization for chamber music professionals. “For young musicians, the experience of playing chamber music helps them to listen more carefully and to understand how their individual part fits into the whole—a metaphor for life. And as an adult, being part of a small ensemble is the perfect blend of creative expression, collaboration, and pure enjoyment.”
“The ACMP grant will enable Chaparral Arts to offer support in music education programs in 11 Yavapai County schools during the 2014-2015 school year,” said Chaparral Arts’ Artistic Director, Maria Flurry. “This funding helps us achieve our mission of enriching music experiences for students and supporting the excellent work the teachers are already doing in our local neighborhoods and communities.”
Since 2006 Chaparral Arts has served 600 workshop participants and awarded $25,000 in scholarships to Arizona adults and youth. In 2014, Chaparral Arts awarded $4560 in scholarships to its workshops. Other organizations providing funding for Chaparral MusicFest 2015 include the J.S. Acker Foundation.
Local residents can see how the ACMP Foundation grant and local funds are benefiting Chaparral Arts by visiting any of the workshop’s Celebration Concerts. Chamber Music Workshop Celebration Concert is at 3:00 pm on Sunday June 7 at Yavapai College with workshop participants and Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble performing. A complete schedule of Chaparral MusicFest events is online.
About the ACMP Foundation:
Founded in 1947 as the Amateur Chamber Music Players, ACMP: The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization which facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities from beginners to professionals.
Since 1994, the ACMP Foundation has awarded over $3.6 million in grants to programs and projects which encourage participatory chamber music. Grants benefit ACMP members as well as the larger chamber music community. The Foundation, established in 1993, was originally funded through a generous bequest from Clinton B. Ford, an avid amateur violist and long-time member of ACMP.
About Chaparral Arts:
Chaparral MusicFest is a production of Chaparral Arts, inc., an Arizona non-profit that was founded by Maria Vohmlein Flurry and Henry Flurry of Prescott in 2007. Annually in June, Chaparral MusicFest presents workshops and camps for youth and adults, each culminating with a celebration concert: The offerings are Suzuki Piano and Violin Academy, Youth Choral Academy, Chamber Music Workshop (for youth and adults) and Community Drum Circle. Chaparral Arts also provides arts outreach to local schools and assists other organizations in grant writing.