Community Arts Education Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The Northfield Youth Choirs, Inc. AKA Northfield Youth Choirs
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Participants perform music literacy and artistic goals commensurate with their level of experience. Initial assessment skills are conducted with all participants through high school prior to the concert season, and reassessed the following spring. 2: Participants expand their knowledge and performance competence of world music. Through commissioned work and arrangements the NYC groups will expand their knowledge of non-native languages and styles of performance. Guest artists and musicians will be brought in for instruction.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Directors selected appropriate pieces based on the composition of the choirs and choirs successfully performed pieces with artistry and competence. Feedback from choral professionals aided in evaluations of the participants' achievements. The ability of the singers to consistently and successfully progress through the program is a strong indicator of their development. 2: Each performing choirs, from first grade through adults, studied and performed non-English language repertoire from around the globe. Directors were able to evaluate the singers through rehearsal and performance of the pieces. A guest musician fluent in Greek instructed one of the choirs in pronunciation and performance of a traditional Greek piece.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dan Dressen, Jeanette Nelson, Christie Hawkins, Paul Cloak, Tracy Nelson, Kelly Webster, Mary Crow, Jonathan Norrie, Patty Lindell, Anna Lisa Rustad
Project Overview
Community Arts Education Support
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The Northfield Youth Choirs, Inc. AKA Northfield Youth Choirs
Street Address
PO Box 460
Zip Code
(507) 664-9335
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Gabrielle Bliss: Arts coordinator at Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet; Vicki Chepulis: Cofounder and former executive director, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Fargo-Moorhead; board member, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center; executive committee member, Rural Arts and Culture Summit; Candida Gonzalez: Arts coordinator, Roosevelt High School; Roxanne Heaton: Executive director, Minnetonka Center for the Arts; Andre-Louis Heywood: Choral conductor; doctoral candidate in choral conducting; Jennifer Nicklay: Education and outreach coordinator, Weavers Guild of Minnesota; Stephen Pelkey: Former artistic director of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras; Dawne White: Executive director, COMPAS
Conflict of Interest Disclosed