Early Music America Announces Winners of New Outreach Grants and New College-Level Ensemble Development Grant

25 May 2011

(SEATTLE, WA)—Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, is pleased to announce the winners of its new Outreach Grants and its new College-Level Ensemble Development Grant. The Outreach Grants support outreach and education projects that draw new audiences and participants, both children and adults, to early music. The College-Level Ensemble Development grant is offered to a college or university Early Music Ensemble to support a specific project that will enrich or broaden the educational experience of the students, and help to elevate the profile of the ensemble on campus, in their community, or nationally.

The Outreach Grant Winners
Lisa Terry received $1000 to start a Renaissance Music Club at LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, an afterschool program to introduce students to recorder and Renaissance wind instruments. Lawrence Lipnik will teach weekly classes at the school, in consultation with Ms. Terry. Mr. Lipnik is a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia and an instructor of viol, recorder, and early music performance at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Ms. Terry is also a member of Parthenia.

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, directed by Shulamit Kleinerman, received $1000 to support its December 2011 concert “A Medieval and Renaissance Christmas” for the Early Music Guild of Seattle and to promote Merry It Is!, a CD and instructional book about Medieval and Renaissance music for children. Seattle Historical Arts for Kids offers workshops in Medieval and Renaissance music for children. Ms. Kleinerman, a violinist, founded SHAK in 2005.

Catacoustic Consort, led by viola da gambist Annalisa Pappano, received $500 to support performances of early music in nursing homes and retirement facilities in the Cincinnati area. Catacoustic Consort, based in Cincinnati, specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and was the winner in 2003 of a recording competition conducted by EMA and Naxos.

Jessica Powell and the Capitol Consort of Viols received $500 to provide hands-on in-class workshops in early music and dance to elementary school students in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Viola da gamba specialist Jessica Powell has worked as a teaching artist in various schools, and the Capitol Consort of Viols has offered viola da gamba workshops under the auspices of the Viola da Gamba Society of Greater Washington/ Baltimore.

College-Level Ensemble Development Grant Winner
The University of Texas at Austin Early Music Ensemble, directed by Guido Olivieri, has been awarded $1000 to support “The Intermezzo Project,” which includes an edition and a fully staged performance of Domenico Sarri’s 18th-century intermezzo “Dorina e Nibbio.” Mr. Olivieri is a Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org

Maria Coldwell
(206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT
info@earlymusic.org; www.earlymusic.org