League of American Orchestra’s – “NEA Funding Broadens Access for Underserved Communities & Young Students”

neablueToday the League of American Orchestras incorporated the audience engagement opportunities the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra created for its community into their testimony in order to continue support for the National Endowment of The Arts.

Together with the organizations it supports, the NEA is dedicated to improving public access to the arts. An Art Works grant made possible the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra‚Äôs presentation of a new concerto written for percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, a master class, and a lecture-demonstration exploring the importance of listening skills with Glennie, who is profoundly deaf. The orchestra sent its co-principal percussionists to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind to work with music students for two days preceding Glennie’s visit, teaching the students about rhythm and creating sounds. When Glennie arrived in Spartanburg, the students performed on stage for her alongside the co-principal percussionists, and then learned directly from Glennie afterward. With just two full time staff and 60 musicians, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra was thrilled and excited to bring such a meaningful project to its community and to students who could learn from such a uniquely accomplished artist.

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