Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
November 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Beltrami
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$18,170
Direct expenses
$24,170
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

By working with Carol Wincenc and Tod Machover’s commissioned piece of music, the 80 musician’s knowledge and/or skill as orchestral instrumentalists will be enhanced. The concert audience is estimated at 500. Audience members will have concert program notes to help in their understanding and appreciation of the new work. Additionally, Machover will speak from the stage just before the piece is played, offering insights into his creative process and giving context to his work. The audience will be invited to attend a post-concert conversation with Dr. Everett, Ms. Wincenc and Mr. Machover following the performance.The performing musicians will be asked to provide feedback via email as to the experience of working on a newly commissioned piece of music with Ms. Wincenc and Mr. Machover. Audience members will be invited to give immediate post-concert feedback by writing reactions on a post-it note provided in the concert program, and sticking their note to a designated window in the lobby as they leave. In particular, they will be asked to react to Machover’s piece and Wincenc's performance of it. Bemidji Symphony Orchestra board members will collect the notes, compile them, and use them to inform future programming. Additionally Bemidji Symphony Orchestra board members will observe and document the nature of the interaction during post-concert conversation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Selecting a contemporary composer to write a commissioned piece specifically for flutist Carol Wincenc resulted in audience responses falling into three categories: 1) deep appreciation for modern composition; 2) openness toward exposure to a new kind of music and an appreciation for gaining knowledge and appreciation for the composition process; 3) clear appreciation for well-known classical compositions. Post-it notes with audience comments following the concert were the primary mode of audience feedback collection, and musician feedback was solicited via email. On the whole, musicians gained skill and appreciation for performing complex pieces, and were inspired by working with composer Tod Machover, flutist Carol Wincenc, and BemidjijSymphony Orchestra conductor Beverly Everett.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mary Auger, Alicia Cloose, Julia Conlon, Melanie Hanson, Nancy Haugen, Louise Jackson, Rachel Johnson, Gretchen Larson, Ann Long-Voelkner, Sue Rosslet, Stu Rosslet, Diane Wahl
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
Project Details
Funds will assist Bemidji Symphony Orchestra to present a concert featuring a commissioned work by composer Tod Machover for flute soloist Carol Wincenc and the symphony.
Project Manager
First Name
Beverly
Last Name
Everett
Organization Name
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 3136
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56619
Phone
(218) 444-7914
Email
bemidjisymphony@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Steve Prenevost: Arts Appreciator, Arts Advocate; Justin Holley: Literary Artist, Musician, Theatrical Artist; Diana McLain: Photographer, Visual Artist, Arts Advocate; Steve Ballard: Visual Artist, Art Teacher, Graphic Designer; Nancy Cole: Musician, Theatrical Artist, Dance Performer; Richard Longtine: Visual Artist, Folk Artist, Craft Artist, Theatrical Artist; Linda Kaul: Craft Artist, Theatrical Artist, Dancer; Kevin Headstrom: Arts Appreciator, Arts Advocate; Natalie Grosfield: Musician, Theatrical Artist; Joseph Allen: Art Professor, Photographer, Traditional Native Crafts Artist.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Steve Prenevost: Arts Appreciator, Arts Advocate; Natalie Grosfield: Musician, Theatrical Artist; Joseph Allen: Art Professor, Photographer, Traditional Native Crafts Artist; Patt Rall: Arts Columnist, Literary Artist, Musician, Theatrical Artist, Visual Artist; Genny Lowry: Arts Appreciator.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No