The award was given to support a new CSGB educational program teaching youth to compose for orchestra. The program was initiated last year with a few student composers writing works for string quartet, but the program was significantly upgraded with this year for students to compose for the entire orchestra. The program is called Composer Apprentice National Outreach Endeavor (CANOE) under the tutelage of me!
Students from Oneida Nation and Seymour High School will study written musical composition this coming year, from beginning ideas to printed orchestral scores. Seong-Kyung Graham, conductor of the orchestra, has expressed support for the students, and the Civic Symphony will perform all the student works in front of live audiences on their next concert season, 2018-19.
Congratulations to Civic Symphony of Green Bay and to all the students now studying the art of composing for the symphony orchestra, from inspiration to notation. Way to go!