Minnesota's Legacy

Community Arts Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Beltrami
Benton
Crow Wing
Hennepin
Isanti
Kandiyohi
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Ramsey
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wright
Beltrami
Benton
Crow Wing
Hennepin
Isanti
Kandiyohi
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Ramsey
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$108,614
Direct expenses
$118,614
Administration costs
$10,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We present chamber music ensembles in concerts and outreach activities, attended by hundreds of audience members and outreach participants who have high-quality experiences that expand their knowledge and experience of chamber music. In addition to anecdotal feedback from audiences, our board and staff use concert audience surveys, feedback forms from pupils and teachers at schools and other outreach events, attendance, and financial statements for evaluation of programs.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Chamber Music Society presented professional chamber music ensembles and provided opportunities to experience and learn about chamber music performed by top-quality professional musicians at six formal concerts each season and twenty-four outreach programs last season. Outreach participants at several schools and audience members at two family concerts learned about the instruments, repertoire, composers, related history, and the musicians. Workshops and masterclasses provided group learning opportunities for advanced students and adult amateur musicians. Whitney Senior Center events provided older adults with opportunities to hear and enjoy shorter and more informal chamber music concerts. Audience and participant surveys and face-to-face feedback were obtained during the events. Fostering understanding and appreciation of chamber music has been part of our mission for many years. School performances and Family Concerts, mentioned above, are part of this. They always include introductions and explanations suitable to the age of the listeners, as well as opportunities for audience members to ask questions. Additionally, we always invite performers to speak to the concert audience, and many do. We find this to have more of an impact than written program notes, although we include those also when appropriate. Commentary during concerts also serves to create a relationship between performers and audience members, which enhances the total experience. The activities that were primarily geared toward enhancing the understanding and appreciation of chamber music included the events at Whitney Senior Center and the masterclasses and sessions involving coaching. However, all of our outreach activities inherently have an educational component. We have always made a point of taking groups to schools with high numbers of students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches, ensuring that we serve economically needy children. While we program our free Family Concerts to offer families with young children a chance to hear these fine ensembles perform a shorter less formal concert, we find that grandparents and other senior citizens comprise about 15-30% of these audiences. Whether it is the free admission, daytime performance, or a shorter program that draws those audiences, we know many people young and old would not otherwise be able to attend our concerts.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Patricia Bola±os-Fabres, Molly Ewing, Judy Heeter, Robert Lavenda, Mary Lou Lenz, Maureen McCarter, Carol Mossey, Michael Zellgert
Project Overview
Community Arts Support
Project Details
Chamber Music Society of St Cloud - presenting a series of concerts and outreach by renowned guest ensembles.
Project Manager
First Name
Rebecca
Last Name
Scheele
Organization Name
Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud
Street Address
PO Box 205
City
St Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56302-0205
Phone
(320) 292-4645
Email
rebecca@chambermusicstcloud.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser/Assistant Director of the St Cloud State University Program Board, arts advocate; Linda Brobeck: visual artist, owner of Crow River North, LLC, has served on a number of non-profit boards; Al Hams: Founder of Al's Music, author, served on a number of Boards of Directors; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of St Benedict/St John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: watercolorist, member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Community Education Art Class instructor; Ken Barry: blues musician, Victorian photographer, Nuclear Engineer; Mark Nelson: public school music teacher, choral director, community theatre director, voice lessons instructor, American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Board Member; Justin Lewandowski: music advocate, promoter and booking agent, writer, actor, volunteer for a number of organizations.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser, Assistant Director of the St Cloud State University Program Board, arts advocate; Linda Brobeck: Minnesota visual artist, owner of Crow River North, LLC, serves on a number of non-profit boards; Al Hams: Founder of Al's Music, author, has served on a number of Boards of Directors; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of St Benedict/St John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: Watercolorist, Member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Community Education Art Class instructor; Ken Barry: blues musician, Victorian photographer, printer, Nuclear Engineer; Mark Nelson: public school music teacher, choral director, community theatre director, voice lessons instructor, American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Board Member; Justin Lewandowski: Music advocate, promoter and booking agent, writer, actor, volunteer for a number of organizations.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Central Minnesota Arts Board, Leslie LeCuyer (320) 968-4290