Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,150
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
April 2017
End Date
September 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Itasca
Beltrami
St. Louis
Lake
Itasca
Beltrami
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,150
Other Funds Leveraged
$14,699
Direct expenses
$17,849
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Northern Lights Music Festival Opera Apprentice program serves as a bridge from post-graduate vocal studies to the professional world. In a three week period, a young singer can master an opera scene, creating a solid audition piece that is well-staged with minimal sets or props. The participant will receive daily training in stagecraft, diction (this year, Russian), voice lessons and other career coaching by highly experiences opera singers and directors. They will sing in the chorus of the mainstage production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; some will receive comprimario roles and cover roles. At the conclusion of the program, participants will have had three public performances of their chosen opera scene. Northern Lights Music Festival will guarantee that goals are achieved by each participant: daily coaching, lessons, diction and participation in both opera scenes and mainstage production by the success of public performances. Each participant should leave the program with at least a rudimentary knowledge of Russian diction; will have successfully performed their opera scene in three different cities, and will have successfully completed their participation in Eugene Onegin. Achievement of the stated goals will be on display to the public in multiple opera and chamber music performances. A panel of faculty will also create a mock audition situation for the participants, with participants receiving written comments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Participants in the Opera Apprentice program presented three performances of Opera Scenes in three locations: Ely, Grand Marais and Bemidji, with full costuming, light props, and a professional pianist devoted to this activity. The participants had heavy daily schedules for a period of four weeks, studying diction, their vocal scenes, private lessons, coaching and staging. This portion of the project was successful. What was less successful was audience attendance. We believe we need to do this project in the future, and need to find a better way to deliver these programs.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Barbara Baldrica, Carver Richards, Matthew Uhan, Rhonda Zuponcic, H. Martin Zuponcic, Mary Mulari, Erik Erie, Greg Allen, Jan Carey, Victoria Gornick, David Setnicker, Laurel March, Nancy JohnsonVeda
Project Overview

Art Project Grant

Project Details

Northern Lights Music Festival Opera Apprentice Program

Project Manager
First Name
Veda
Last Name
Zuponcic
Organization Name
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc
Street Address
11 S 4th St W
City
Aurora
State
MN
Zip Code
55705
Phone
(609) 922-2965
Email
Zuponcic@yahoo.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Drew Digby (218) 722-0952