Posted at 1:25 PM on May 12, 2011
by Alison Young
Chorus America gives this award - not just a plaque, but a cash prize too - to ensembles that exemplify the true spirit of good education outreach efforts.
And what is that? From Chorus America Education Outreach Vision Statement they tell us "Successful education outreach programs often demonstrate the following characteristics:
1. Collaborations and ongoing partnerships with other ensembles, schools, and community organizations
2. Organized efforts to reach their own communities and surrounding areas to attract new constituencies
3. Clearly articulated goals, outcomes, and tools for evaluation
4. An ongoing commitment to educational outreach"
The Cantus High School Residency program began in 2008 with seed funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cantus had over 10 years of experience from successful outreach on tours, but wanted to create a program that was built around long-term relationships with students.
The Cantus High School Residency Final Concert is tomorrow (Friday, May 13) featuring the 2010-11 high school choirs, along with vocal chamber ensembles from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.
Way to go Cantus!
Be sure to tune in next Thursday when Chris Foss, Adam Reinwald and Paul Rudoi join me live on-air to discuss 20th century music, play lots of compelling stuff and take your questions.