Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 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 2017
End Date
November 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Dakota
Hennepin
Hubbard
Itasca
Pennington
Polk
Redwood
St. Louis
Stearns
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$14,844
Direct expenses
$20,844
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

As a result of this program, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra musicians will strengthen their collaborative skills to function as "one" with the conductor and the soloist to create an expressive, deeply nuanced performance. As a result of this program, the audience will either gain an initial exposure to operatic arias, or, deepen their existing appreciation of operatic arias. We will survey a subset of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra musicians via email to determine if and how their collaborative skills were enhanced by working with guest soloist J. Warren Mitchell. Using a short survey on paper, the audience will be asked if this was their first exposure to operatic music or if performance enhanced their enjoyment and appreciation of operatic music. These will be collected at the door as the audience exits.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Questions were emailed to musicians pre-concert (to prepare) and post-concert (for response). Responses affirmed that collaborative skills were enhanced by the need to listen to the soloist’s nuanced interpretations, while simultaneously “listening” to the conductor. Audience surveys were put in programs and participation was encouraged during pre-concert announcements. 58% were returned; 98% said their enjoyment of opera was enhanced; 99% said they intend to listen to opera in the future.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mary Auger, Tom Dunn, Nancy Haugen, Ann Hayes, Louise Jackson, Ann Long Voelkner, Jeb Monge, Karl Mork, Cyrus Pansch, Janet Pederson, Sue Rosselet, Stu Rosselet, Linda Wolf
Project Overview

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations

Project Details

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert with J. Warren Mitchell

Project Manager
First Name
MaryAnne
Last Name
Wilimek
Organization Name
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 3136
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56619
Phone
(218) 444-7914
Email
bso@bemidjisymphony.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Sandra Roman: retired art teacher, author; Jane Merschman: retired teacher, theater artist; Joanne Kellner: community arts organizer; Jill Johnson: author; Susan Olin: musician; Laura Dropps: visual artist; Natalie Grosfield: Theater Artist; Laura Grisamore: photographer; Corryn Trask: musician.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Jane Merschman: retired teacher, theater artist; Joanne Kellner: community arts organizer; Susan Olin: musician; Laura Dropps: visual artist; Gayle Highberg: visual artist; Laura Grisamore: photographer; Corryn Trask: musician.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No